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.
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.
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 toAllan De botton
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Freedom is the most contagious virus known to man.Hubert Humphrey
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!
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 behindAnthony Bourdain
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.
Not all superheroes wear capes, some wear scrubs, lab coats, nose mask, hand gloves, lapels and uniforms.
We change the world when we simply meet the needs of another.Kristen Welch
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.
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?