|transiting the Panama Canal|
|an autumn train trip in New Hampshire|
|on the Camino de Santiago|
|Kennedy Space Centre|
How will travel in the future look? What have we learned from the pandemic experience? Poorly paid workers in care homes and in food processing plants are bearing the responsibility for our vulnerable aged and for our food supply. Should the cost of travel be borne by those who clean our rooms or prepare our meals? Can we ignore the carbon footprint of our global meanderings?
Personally, I want to travel again. I want to visit my Shetland relatives and my Oaxacan friends. I want to visit Paris in December and to see the store windows. Will those store windows be dressed so beautifully in a post-pandemic world? I still want to see new places and to revisit my favourite places.
I sound a bit like a child who wants all the candy but not the tummy ache. Perhaps, there is something else that we might learn from our current state of social distancing, staying at home, quarantine or whatever we choose to call it. Perhaps, we can find joy in the chickadees who come for seed every day or the books that we can not put down or in learning one new recipe a week. Perhaps, there will be a new movement towards community, contentment, gratitude and kindness. Let's hope.