A travel writer that can’t travel. It doesn’t sound like a feasible line of business. Nevertheless, this is my current status, as I have been grounded at my base here in Madrid, while the city, the country and much of the world is in lockdown-mode to fight the Corona-virus.
I can’t even begin to comprehend how much the current situation will affect millions of lives all over the world, and not only those who are unfortunate to get the actual virus, but also all those people who are affected in their work-situation like I could be too.
But for now, I just feel fortunate that I had just returned from my latest work-trip through Portugal before this got serious business, and I had to postpone my next journey to Denmark. In fact, the flight was just cancelled today. At the moment I am stuck in my home office, but with plenty of material and inspiration in stock to keep busy during an extended lockdown-period without being able to travel.
When we all get out on the other side of quarantines and lockdowns, hopefully, people will be hungrier than ever for travelling, appreciative of their newfound freedom and looking for new inspiration. And if your media is looking for inspiring articles or blog posts in English or Danish – you’ve come to the right place.
Right now, I have exciting material on my desk from Portugal, Spain, Germany, Switzerland and Great Britain, just to mention a few destinations.
These days, we are only allowed to leave our homes to go to work (those who still have to) or to go shopping for food or medicine, specifically. And the police are controlling the streets. This is not a test. This is serious.
I have decided to try and make the most of a bad situation and spend the extra time home getting on top of work, researching future work trips and keeping up my 160-day streak on the Duolingo language-learning app.
Hope you’re all staying safe and dreaming about future travels!