Many of us can’t wait to travel again. We’re excited to fly in the skies, rides the rails, drive the roads, or bed down in hotels. (Or some combinations thereof!)
That time might come sooner than later for some of us who must travel for work.
Heck, you might be someone traveling now because your job mandates it.
Road warriors will be some of the first people traveling again when things start amping up again.
Are you nervous?
This piece by Skift’s Matthew Parsons brings up some interesting points.
“I won’t feel confident until a vaccine has been made available,” said frequent traveler Carolyn Pearson, who runs risk consultancy Maiden Voyage. “The lockdown has given us security and control over our environments but we have no such control over the cleanliness of hotels, transport hubs and aircraft. The prospect of being in a foreign ICU fills me with dread, which is sad given that the opportunity to travel has always contributed to my mental wellbeing.”
“ISOS and other risk companies are talking more about mental health than ever before. This is a virus that is creating serious mental health problems. Anxiety is going up, as well as depression for those people self-isolating who live alone,” added (Matthew Holman of Simpila).
Some of us may not have the luxury of waiting until there’s a vaccine. Our clients or employers may tell us when we’re traveling. And if we refuse, they’ll find someone else who will.
Then we’re out looking for jobs in a horrible market.
See the conundrum?
And that only plays into the anxiety element. If we believe what airlines tell us (because they always tell the truth, right? 😉 ), they sterilize the heck out of planes every night. But someone’s who carries COVID-19 could sit next to us, check us in a hotel, be a client we visit, etc.
“Can’t You Just Stay Home?”
Staying home won’t be an option for some of us with families to feed. I’ve already lost dozens of freelance jobs.
I may have to travel whether or not I want to. Obviously, I won’t put my family at risk. But I may have to make myself scarce at home when returning from trips.
What Do You Think?
I realize we’re at least still several weeks — if not a few months — away from the situation starting to improve. Assuming reduced job forces and remote work don’t claim our livelihoods, will you rush out to the airport? Or stay at home as long as possible?
Let’s discuss it in the Comments section.
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