Moving from one location to another has never been this tough and globally restricted, courtesy the sudden appearance of the dreadful prison warder – The coronavirus.

If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.

Rachel Wolchin

Moving from one place to another, has always been one of the inherent characteristics of all living things, remember MR NIGER D?. We move about for almost everything. Moving about when sourcing and searching for food, for jobs, for business trips, companionship etc. Furthermore, we move about for site seeing, for tourism and attractions, to appreciate nature, to explore, to know more about the folks on the other side of the horizon, to preach the gospel, to multiply and dominate the earth as instructed in Genesis of the Holy Bible. 

Movement/Travelling

Travelling or movement has not only metamorphosed from the largely primitive trekking to the use of carts, donkeys, camels, horses etc. But similarly, has leaped from the primitivity of the ancient times to the ground breaking-industrialized mechanisms of using fast vehicles, planes, speed trains, ships and spacecrafts to traverse the entirety of the earth and beyond.

Modern means of transportation
Modern transportation
cc:123rf.com

Travelling has never being this simple, but will continue to be simpler and easy. We get to visit different destinations in few hours by the aid of ground breaking technologies and essential documents. This modern advancement of transportation and movement of humans have somewhat lightened the enormous burden we experienced in time past. Now, movement is as easy and swift as modern transactions and communications etc. One could visit a country, state, city, town, province, village, county, hundreds of km away in just some few hours.

The joy of travelling

A traveller’s joy is not only derived at their destinations, but all through; starting with the plans, departure, arrival, itineraries, to the new people he/she comes across, enjoying the local delicacies, speaking a new language, waking up in a new city, the new stamps on the passport pages, catching sunrise and sunsets on new horizons, learning new things, the culture and ultimately, the summation of all these experiences.

The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to

Allan De botton
Happy travellers
Chef D, Pam & TLGM – Happy travellers

Travel is more than destinations; travel is the string of moments that make the journey. Both on a geographic and personal level, it’s the collection of milestones that create the odyssey for travelers with a purpose.

Happy-tourists
Happy tourists

Either you consider yourself a tourist or traveller; whatever category you decide to place yourself.  Both categories have not only decided to see and experience life from their tiny portion of the world, but also to see, learn, enjoy and experience life in a wider expanse of which the world have always offered. So therefore, we all get to move from one destination to another trying to see what beauty the world got in offerings to us all, and as such we get to interact with others from other tribes, climes and races. These in summation is the traveler’s joy. Click here to read why travelling is essential

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us

Since travelling has become easier and appealing, travelers and tourists derive so much joy and happiness traversing the nooks and crannies of the earth via air, water and land. While the astronauts do same for regions beyond the earth (the space). We travelers have enjoyed these privileges seamlessly, going about appreciating the beauty the world has in stock for us and the beautiful souls that dwell in these climes far away from our country home and homestead. We have continually enjoyed these privileges not until the outbreak of this nightmare, the robber of every tourists and travelers’ joy. I present to you, the seemingly worst enemy in present times – The COVID-19 aka coronavirus.

The Outbreak

In the late 2019 and early 2020, a seemingly new virus began generating headlines all over the world because of the unprecedented speed of its transmission. This virus by name Coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 is a virus strain that causes respiratory related illnesses. This virus is ravaging the the inhabitants of the world.

Nose masked against the spread of Coronavirus
Nose masked against the spread of Covid-19
source: Reuters.com

As of March 11, 2020 – The World Health Organization (WHO) defined the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 as global “pandemic”. In addition, coronavirus is a global crisis and requires cooperation.

You see a virus very differently when it’s caught and suspended on a slab of glass than when you’re observing how it’s ravaged a fellow human being.

Hanya Yanagihara
Microscopic view of coronavirus
Coronavirus
(Source: https://www.cdc.gov)

The sad reality

Meanwhile, the outbreak of the pandemic COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2), which originated from far away Wuhan, Hubei Province in China; has kept the world in a seemingly looming danger, intending doom and an apparent collapse. Besides, resulting in dwindling oil prices, unstable stock markets, global economic shake down, schools closure, companies laying off some of their workers, in some cases; asking workers to work remotely, cancellation of concerts and tours, banning of gatherings. Furthermore, the outbreak is undeniably having an enormous impact on the travel and tourism industries; ranging from the grounded airlines, and halting of flights, border closure, travel bans across the continents, harbour closures from cruise ships, social distancing to less and restricted gatherings.

Crashing stock market
Crashing stock market

Freedom is the most contagious virus known to man.

Hubert Humphrey

The nightmares

Some travellers and tourists who embarked on trips, vacations, holidays are currently stuck at different destinations and locations all over the globe, while some are completely stranded. Consequently, some have unfortunately falling prey to the sick leave of the coronavirus and a few others have kissed the cold lips of death as a result of the dreadful virus. Such a nightmare!

The lock down effect of coronavirus
The lock down

My heart goes out to the Delightful Travellers who are on lock down in the Philippines due the virus and the stranded British tourists in Morroco and Peru. And also, several others in likely situations across the globe.

Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind

Anthony Bourdain
Stranded traveller
Stranded traveller
(source: Goodhousekeeping )

And also, my heart goes to all the medical practitioners, health care workers, scientists, researchers and volunteers globally. I say a big thank you! as you continue the race for containment, prevention and a possible cure in time, to face this stringent and cruel virus/disease, whose apparent resolution is to wipe out a chunk of the human race.

Medical practitioners
Health care givers and medical practitioners
source: The Straits Times

Not all superheroes wear capes, some wear scrubs, lab coats, nose mask, hand gloves, lapels and uniforms.

Search for Coronavirus cure
The quest for the cure for the dreaded coronavirus
(source: Economist)

We change the world when we simply meet the needs of another.

Kristen Welch

Stay safe

First and foremost, do not panic… I repeat – Do not panic! Secondly, following simple hygiene guidelines can help prevent you from falling prey to the coronavirus.

Coronavirus symptoms and prevention
Diagram showing coronavirus with symptoms and preventions illustration
(source: 123rf.com)

We must experience Heaven on earth; May your homes, surroundings and work places portray a safe clean environment.”

Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

We shall overcome and trot the globe once again! We will see the beauty on the other side of the horizon again and again. Stay alive, stay safe till we are awaken from this nightmare. -TheLastGoodMan #TLGM

As a tourist or traveller or a neutral, how are you coping with the effects of COVID-19 and the resulting situations on ground in your state, city, country and world at large?

47 Comments

  1. Venazinsights madu Reply

    The Corona virus is really keeping us down. Hopefully it will end soon

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      Staying safe, hoping and praying is all we’ve got. Thank you Chibuzor for reading through. You are valued, stay safe!

  2. Dr. Akanimoh Ekpe Reply

    Awesome. We shall rise again. Pls stay safe Duffy. Nice experience. I hope I would be able to follow you on one of your numerous mind blowing and enthralling journeys to behold the beauty of mother nature.

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      Sure! I am looking forward to having you on many of my trips. Certainly, We shall rise again. Thank you Doctor Akanimoh for your contributions towards saving lives and putting an end to this dreadful virus and to the gradual development of the health care system of our great nation and the world at large. You are valued and my prayers are with you brother, stay safe!

  3. Dope blog. I’m so happy I read through. Corona sucks

    • This too shall pass. I believe so.
      On a lighter note, that MR NIGER D got me smiling as it was just few days ago I remembered the acronym.
      Thanks Duff. Your articles are always enlightening.

      • Thelastgoodman Reply

        Surely, this will pass. Hahaha! You have got a good memory, MR NIGER D from way back biology classes. Thank you Uch, you are valued. Stay safe!

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      It really sucks in totality. You are valued, stay safe Precious.

  4. Twistaoliva Reply

    Covid-19 is currently the traveller’s worst nightmare. But staying healthy is paramount. We will all live to tell the tale. Be safe TLGM, you’re valued. Great piece!!! ?

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      Certainly, We will tell a better tale because we shall overcome. Thank you Doctor Oliver for your contributions towards saving lives and putting an end to this dreadful virus and to the gradual development of the health care system of our great nation. My prayers are with you brother, You are valued. stay safe!

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      Surely. You are valued, Stay safe Vash.

  5. Damilola Adedoyin Reply

    Awesomely written,
    Miss your travel updates and pictures!
    We are assured that this too shall pass.

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      Thank you Dami. This will surely pass and I will continue to post more about travels and pictures. You are valued. Stay safe!

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      Thank you Doctor Nnanna for your contributions towards saving lives and putting an end to this dreadful virus and to the development of the health care system of our great nation and the world at large. You are valued and my prayers are with you brother, stay safe!

  6. Nicely written piece.
    I’ve been indoors for the past few weeks and it sucks.
    I think humans take freedom of movement for granted.

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      Thank you T. P! Being indoors sucks for nomads, travellers and a lot others. But these are trying times and all we’ve got to do is hope, stay alive, stay safe, pray and curtail the spread of the dreadful coronavirus. Freedom of movement will certainly be more appreciated by all, after the post-coronavirus era. You are valued, stay safe!

  7. This is lovely. This will pass and those who crave travelling will get to see the world from a different perspective and a valuable one at that.

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      This will surely pass. Trust me, the world will never remain the same after the post-coronavirus era and a lot of things that were taken for granted will be greatly appreciated. Thank You Ibrahim, You are valued, stay safe!

  8. Wow…. This is alot of it. Its very scary out here. But we will survive. God help us all.
    Nice write up my man.
    #staysafe
    #stayathome
    #stayhealthy

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      This one too shall pass and we will survive. Thank you Funmi, you’re valued. Stay safe!

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      Hahaha! we all hope this corona situation ends in time for you to enjoy your entire summer hols. But please, endeavour to enjoy yourself indoors till we are awaken from this nightmare. You are valued Anie, stay safe!

  9. Professor Evans Reply

    Interesting piece, beautifully written, Duffy!
    “Not all superheroes wear capes, some wear scrubs, lab coats, nose masks, hand gloves, lapels and uniforms”
    My heart and prayers are with those at the forefront of this battle against the coronavirus, particularly the medical practitioners and security personnel. God bless them all.
    Together, we shall fight this pandemic and come out victorious!
    Well done, Duffy!

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      Thank you Prof. Evans. We will continue to pray for them. Together, we shall overcome. You are valued, stay safe!

  10. Patience Ekwugha Reply

    Nice write up TLGM. This is a time we need to keep our hopes alive. I know this Pandemic will end soon. I can’t wait to go on a vacation.
    #STAY SAFE

  11. Beautiful piece.
    The most upsetting thing is the uncertainty this virus brings globally. So many people are stuck away from family without knowing when they’d be able to be together again. Sigh. Can’t wait for a vaccine and cure to be discovered. Stay safe everyone.

  12. I think it was okay for introverts who preferred the comfort of their homes but now that it’s a law, the human body in its natural state will always choose to rebel. You walk the streets of PH city and you’ll still see people outside their homes. Health is wealth nonetheless I don’t think this virus is stopping Nigerians from carrying out their daily activities??.

  13. Nice article Duff. COVID-19 has shown us how much we take so many things for granted. Personally, once this passes, I hope to try as many new things as possible that I probably would’ve passed on before. Stay safe.

  14. DUFF INEMESIT Reply

    Cool, we are all going to come out safe. Also, may God keep those who are deeply risking their lives in fight of this pandemic. Traveling continues may be in our minds. We could use this period in surfing out new places we would love to visit after the pandemic.
    #staysafe
    #helptheneedy
    #prayforothers

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      I am safe and hopeful that this will surely pass soon. I want to use this medium to say a big thank you to you Doctor Yuopele for your contributions towards saving lives and putting an end to this dreadful virus and to the development of the health care system of our great nation and the world at large. You are valued and my prayers are with you brother, stay safe!

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      Thank you Renaissance Man, You are valued. Stay safe!

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      Thank you Benison. You are valued, stay safe.

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      Thank you Prince e’Ben. You are valued, stay safe.

  15. We shall all come out strong, this too will pass. Stay safe Duff and nice writeup

    • Thelastgoodman Reply

      Surely this will pass. You are valued, stay safe.

  16. Ferguson Osas Reply

    It’s not been funny at all, can’t go out always indoors. We pray and totally hope for a breakthrough soon.

  17. Thanks for this piece Uncle.
    The Pandemic is truly a nightmare as it has caused a lot of confusion for me In particular, but I surely believe it will end soon and the plans of the devil will be aborted.
    Thanks for the encouragement sir… Really appreciate

  18. This too shall pass oohhh.. And the tourists will go back to their pleasure… Then, those of us still thinking how to begin our travels..we just might start this time.. Creating memories is everything..

    Well done…

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