Have travel restrictions quelled wanderlust? Writers and bloggers weigh in

Written by Prerna Mittra | New Delhi |

Updated: May 29, 2020 12:32:32 47 pm


Until last year, you can escape your problems, to the best places in the world. (Source: Getty / Thinkstock)

‘Fernweh’ – German wanderlust. The desire to see far away, and to feel a strange pain in places you have never been to, yet. In fact, it is the opposite of longing for the village, and is sometimes referred to as ‘far away’.

You know how you wake up from a real dream, you get nervous all day long? As you don’t know how your mind managed to believe in the real thing, and all you need to do is go back to sleep to see if there is more? Yes, the world seems to be experiencing the same thing right now – only that it has a cohesive dream, which sounds like a nightmare, and people are ready to wake up and never dream of anything like this again.

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Unfortunately, global problems are not the result of misunderstanding. This is really happening right now, the economic collapse, the health sector ban and impact public health.

Until last year, you can escape your problems. Even with the slightest hassle, you can still pack your bags and go to the most beautiful places in the world, and post beautiful photos and Rumi-esque posters on the media. But, everything sounds far-fetched at the moment, especially since many countries have introduced travel restrictions – domestic and international – in order to run the coronavirus cage and address these issues. This leaves travelers in Catch-22 problem. In addition to chasing their travels, tourists and bloggers rely heavily on their travels to earn a living.

So, what have they been doing with travel restrictions? This is how some traveling professionals express their concerns.

Abhinav singh

Lucknow and Abhinav Singh from New-Delhi – a traveling blogger, photographer and v-logger – say their income depends on travel blogs. Notes on his travel blog ‘A Soul Window’ it is not easy he was fired from his job for traveling too much, and he used the opportunity to finally realize his dream of traveling. Today, Singh is one of the most sought after bloggers in India.

“Walking is my motive for living. Unlike most travel bloggers, it’s not just my business. It is a desire that has helped me to be content and happy during a difficult time in my life. The trips happened when I lost a loved one in death, and I lost my job at a corporation. It has made me who I am, and that is, sacred to me, ”he adds, adding that he has been traveling privately since 2008, and has traveled to 300 in India, with 11 countries worldwide to date.

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Singh is said to have planned a trip to Europe with his parents in June 2020. “The goals for South East East Asia, cruise, and East Bhutan were met. Instead, I had left the invitation to board a train in India. My first trip to Char Dham was also. “It has to happen this year. All that and much more was ruined. All my hard work over the years came to zero. I tasted the first success and blogged, and when I thought I had achieved what I wanted, the corona happened. It was hard to endure.”

Singh is now using this time to connect with his parents and learn new skills. “I would love to go abroad a few months later if I feel it is right to go out. There is no need to travel right now. Topics that will be popular in the next few months are backyard, road trips, excursions and trips, bike rides, hiking trails, bird watching and wildlife trails, due to improved sanitation and the absence of crowds. I also love these colors. That said, I will stay in the house until I get better, “he tells indianexpress.com.

Singh is not alone. All over the world, many travelers and travel writers are struggling, not knowing what to look for and what to look for. While Singh is said to be actively posting wildlife photos on his Instagram account, award-winning blogger, freelance blogger and author Shivya Nath says “his ingredients have now changed and include temporary inspiration and travel stories”.

Shivya Nath

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I need time to get to another country. I pack my bags and think about traveling, looking at the city’s lights as I exit the airport. The air smells different, the language sounds different, people look different, I feel different. ⁣ ⁣ I miss the feeling of waking up in a strange bed, in a strange world. First trip to a foreign land. Travel on an unusual bus route or train. Read foreign names on the map. Then the stranger smiles at me, or helps me figure out my way, all of a sudden everything sounds good. ⁣ ⁣ I miss the feeling of going to the countryside. In a small village, in the remotest parts of the mountains, going somewhere I felt like I was alone. Release, loneliness, joy, all mixed up. And if nature has its way, as always, to finally meet a friend or family that somehow feels like mine. ⁣ I’m trying to appreciate this time to start over and think about life. But I need to feel that I’m on my way. I’m missing someone on the way. ⁣ ⁣ What about you, what are you missing out on?

Post shared by Shivya Nath (@shivya) on Mar 10, 2020 at 11:22 pm PDT

Nath, who grew up in Dehradun, says he quit his full-time job in Singapore in 2011, to fulfill his travel and writing dreams. In 2013, he left his rented house, sold all his property and led a nomadic life – living in two pockets and working. “Traveling a long distance does not mean visiting a place or escaping life. It’s a real life. For me, it’s an internal journey similar to a physical one. The road has helped me not to learn about the relationships and hopes that have gripped me, especially growing up as a woman in India, “she told indianexpress.com.

A few weeks after the COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, Nath was in Chhattisgarh, living with tribes from faraway villages. “I had to speak at the Economic Times Women Forum at the end of March, so I planned to stay in India until then. After March, I planned to return to Iran in the spring – the country I fell in love with last year, and set off for Azerbaijan. In July, I had to speak. At an ecological conference in Uzbekistan, of course, all plans are either permanently suspended, or terminated, ”he shared.

So, how difficult a time has it been for him?

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The past few days have been awful. Faces covered with a mask. Bath lines in public toilets. Sanitizer always runs out. The case looks for anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Empty areas, airports and roads follow the closure of Coronavirus flights. Areas that once had a problem with overcrowding now do not. The spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus has suddenly caused all lives – and walks – to stop. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ But you already know this. You, like me, have abandoned your immediate plans. And maybe you, like me, are wondering what you can do now to make your life more enjoyable! ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ In order not to get mad, I have just published a blog post with creative ideas to end our desire to travel – carefully and cautiously – in this unpredictable period of coronavirus. Go read on-shooting-star.com or link to my profile! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ As I plan to hide for the next few weeks, I plan to do my Urdu lessons every day. Finish off by seeing the Strange Stone and a few other notes. After reading the latest weights, I plan to throw myself into a crazy but magical universe for a while. I plan to continue writing my notes on my travels (especially my recent events in Chhattisgarh) – because even if we can’t physically walk, we can still go to the end of our thoughts! ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Some additional ideas to fulfill your interest “at home” on my blog ⁣ What about you? What are your travel plans?

Post shared by Shivya Nath (@shivya) on Mar 16, 2020 at 9:33 pm PDT

Nath says he is passing by suddenly. “Good days, I think the world will open up sometime in the future and we will move again. The borders will be reopened, the surviving businesses will be stronger and we will place our passports. And when that happens, blogging – especially the established community – will be more important than ever. bad, I wonder if this is just the beginning. Unless we all fight against nature and the new principles and the laws of nature, what can change? ”he asks.

Meanwhile, Nath says he is trying to find a place in India for the next six months, “especially somewhere close to nature and finding necessities”.

Harry and Nikita

Harry and Nikita call themselves the ‘two walkers’ on Instagram. Their story is full of pictures of their many world events. In an interview with indianexpress.com, she says that even though they have their jobs – Harry is a professional and Nikita is a publisher – walking together is something they want to do even before they get married. “We can be happy if traveling is still our main activity. Our blog supports our finances, but not entirely as here. For us, to travel means to have new cultures, people and places. It means freedom, happiness and travel. Travel is a medicine for us, ”he says.

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Shortly before the announcement, the couple was in Odisha, Harry’s hometown. This year, he planned a trip to Jim Corbett National Park, a commemorative trip to Thailand, among other such trips. “It’s sad to see the world suffer, and the travel industry is so crippled. In fact, it has been relatively recent. The inspiration is not really interesting, but we continue to draw our own back-up photos and other motivations for our followers to be encouraged in this difficult time, “he says, adding:” We wish we could go tomorrow! But alas, we cannot. In uncertain times like these, we do not know when we will arrive. But, we hope the industry has changed. And the change is the name of the game now ”.

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