The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our relationship with travel – in some ways forever, and not always for the worse. For this story, we chose some images, shared by our Instagram community, that most fully encapsulate this moment in time. Some recalled past travel experiences that stood out, or that they’re longing to have again. Some inspired us to be more mindful and grateful travelers once we’re free to roam the world. But all spoke to our undying love of travel.
“Thuý sells sea snails from a red bucket on the back of her bicycle every day in Hoi An, Vietnam. It’s a job she’s been doing for more than 20 years. But over the past few weeks, more and more stores and restaurants have been closing in the Old Town due to COVID-19.” Read the full post here. – @360nomad
“A night I’ll never forget. Can’t wait to chase the northern lights again someday!” – @donaldhyip
“Trying to find the positives in all this madness is important. I'm not the type of person who can stay cooped up for long without becoming agitated. But I know it's for the safety of our communities. And it will be so good for nature to have this time, too.” Read the full post here. – @jenrosephotos
“We are missing those long, dusty, red roads that take forever to get somewhere!” – @coastal_drifters
“The planet is also allowed to just rest and be for a while, too, which I’m sure she is very happy about. There’s gonna be some big changes, and possibly things will never go back to the way they were. This is a good chance to think about what’s important.” – @remibum
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