Why Travelling Less Makes So Much More Sense

For the past twenty years or so, the idea of travel, backpacking, and seeing the world has been the trendy thing to do. It is seen as a right of passage, something that employers welcome on CVs, an activity that will broaden your mind and teach you life lessons. Despite the fact that there are, of course, dangers with traveling, for example, did you know that approximately 4,500 passengers are injured each year from baggage falling from overhead compartments? And of course, there are safety concerns for people who travel alone; traveling is something that we feel entitled to do. There has been a huge increase in travel bloggers, travel photographers, and influencers who have made a career out of traveling the world and having people look at their lives. There are tonnes of blog posts and articles about why you should travel more, the benefits of traveling and how it can enrich your life, so why now is it a good idea to start traveling less?

Image via Alexas_Fotos
Image via Alexas_Fotos
Most people know that traveling damages the environment, and it's not just the carbon footprint from flying. The cruising, driving, and eating out at restaurants all have a negative impact on the environment. Then there's the fact that many people who travel constantly use towels in hotel rooms, they take advantage of the fact that they are not paying the bills and they leave the air conditioner on or forget to turn off the lights. From flights to excess waste, development, and pollution, traveling to see the world is sadly ruining the world we live in.

Since the Coronavirus pandemic, NASA and the European Space Agency published Satellite images which detected a reduction in nitrogen dioxide emissions from January to February in China, due to the economic slowdown during quarantine and findings by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) show that China's carbon dioxide emissions have reduced by 25% because of measures taken to contain the coronavirus.

During Italy's quarantine, waterways in Venice appeared cleaner because of a drastic reduction in tourist boat traffic, and satellite data also showed a drop in nitrogen dioxide emissions in the country's northern region. Over in India, a nationwide curfew meant that they had the lowest average level of nitrogen dioxide pollution ever recorded in spring, according to the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA).

Since the Coronavirus pandemic, many countries have imposed travel bans, shut their borders, and placed restrictions on travel. According to the UNWTO, worldwide tourist arrivals could fall by as much as 30% in 2020. This, of course, is due to an unprecedented pandemic, but is it such a bad idea? Without even mentioning the benefits to the environment, the Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted how rapidly a deadly virus can spread, and with the amount of travel that people all over the world do, it has led to hundreds of thousands of deaths and many economies now struggling. If we traveled less than other viruses and illnesses would have less chance of spreading too, and we could all be healthier because of it.

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