Shameless on Trip

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When New York entered the summer, 30-year-old Jenna * did not trust other people she knew were still on the plane. “There was one girl I just didn’t want to hang out with who would go to a party and walk around without stopping. I was like, “People are fighting for their lives right now,” he said. But by July, the last day for the epidemic to emerge, Jenna’s attitude had changed. “So far, I haven’t done anything,” he says. “I haven’t walked for six months, which is the longest time I’ve ever walked since I was a child.”

He fled to London, where he stayed for weeks before meeting a group of friends in Turkey. “All my European friends have been traveling to Europe for the summer, which is why I don’t feel so wonderful,” he says. Jenna was so happy that she could no longer go on vacation to the Turkish Riviera, she could not refuse to share it on Instagram. “Sweatwear, zoom phones and banana bread are prohibited,” he painted a photo of himself and some friends wearing sarongs at a beach party. About 20 of his followers asked for advice on how to enter Europe.

With the outbreak this spring, many countries have closed or closed their borders, many airlines have announced bankruptcy, and international tourism has stopped. Global car sales have dropped by almost 50% since last year. But that does not mean that the world’s planes are empty. For the well-known part of the American population, the entertainment industry is not something they would want to give up in a variety of ways easily. While he was determined to endure the ordeal at the end of the summer, as the summer progressed and COVID became a new phenomenon, he began to make his own rules. Most of the people I spoke to were members of the common good, financial, technological, or “business” who had long, mixed-up positions, whose pay was masculine, and did just about anything that made digital the world infinite. And while many of them do not think that culture should flood the airports, they insist that they are taking precautions so they do not feel the slightest discomfort in spreading their journeys to their followers.

“As a digital operator, I have no home in the US,” said Kathleen, a travel blogger who spent two weeks in London last July before moving to Croatia, where she has lived since. “There was a lot of discussion at the beginning of the exception for everyone to stay home, but it’s not possible for me.” The most popular website is the International Air Transport Association, which has a comprehensive map of American tours around the world. “Every morning, I drink my tea and smoke and be like, Well, has anything changed? Where can we go?”

I’m not saying I’m doing the right thing in any way. I think I’m just making my own.

Americans may be banned in many countries, but they continue to travel to places like Mexico, much of the Caribbean, and other parts of Eastern Europe. With the help of travel bloggers who are always busy keeping their readers up to date with the latest developments and holes, people have figured out how to fulfill their travel dreams, even if it means traveling on an Ibizan vacation to a holiday in Albania. Although Americans may not be able to travel to many European countries, they can still enter the UK or Ireland if they stay in solitary confinement for 14 days. Since then, most travelers have successfully entered countries such as Italy, allowing foreign travel to the EU. states that it does not allow holders of American passports “unless they meet the actual requirements” but, according to some people I spoke to, has proven to be tolerant in practice. Turkey and Croatia also support the American people and have been the pioneers of European travel. “Virtually all my friends who were on the trip went to Turkey this year,” Jenna said. “You can go to Croatia, but in Turkey it’s the end of the Mykonos vibe.”

According to Courtney Rey, people actually started moving in August. They run a Facebook group called YesNomads, which is like Airbnb’s one-stop-shop for more than 4,000 “like-minded people who want to be free in the world,” as they put it. He estimated that 20 percent of its members had traveled abroad in the same month. Others use their connections, such as having boyfriends with European citizens or second foreign homes. “After a few people passed by, I think you’re starting to see a lot of people experimenting,” he says. “Even about a month ago, two of my friends in San Francisco were like, ‘I can’t believe you’re boarding a plane.’ I talked to him later this week, and he is on a plane trip. ”

In July, Rey decided to try his luck again. Her husband is French and needs to return to France on visa grounds, so she went with him. He doesn’t feel strange. “I felt guilty because I had questions about staying with my husband or not,” she says. “Leaving the country to be with him was about to return to our lives of living together.” After going to France, he went to Portugal, then back to the US, then back to Portugal and Spain at the end of the summer. “There have been many people from the village who say, ‘I want to be with my European friends. This has always been a part of my life. ‘There’s a warning, but it’s like, this is a new thing, and it’s inspired by the idea that We should move on with our lives, and how do we do this as safely as we can? ”

Rey and his friends began to learn more about what he was writing. “No one puts pictures in public, because it’s not good,” he says. “I’ve seen a lot of people make close friends because of their travels alone.” For Rey, the group of “best friends” on Instagram is great, and many business partners and colleagues know the same thing about the need to restart their busy transatlantic lives. “All the sellers have texted me, saying, ‘I want to stay in Ibiza. How do we do this !?’ They are all good,” he says. “There are not many travelers I’ve ever seen on Instagram.”

Many people have been threatened for posting radio broadcasts, such as an Australian agent with 3 million followers who had to apologize publicly after throwing him on his way to Rwanda; leaders such as Naomi Davis and Ali Maffucci, who were outraged when they moved to New York in the early days of the epidemic; and Kim Kardashian, who this month “surprised the people around her by moving to a special island.” In August, The New York Times reported on a new wave of foreign tourists hiding their travels from friends to avoid conflicts. But the people I spoke to weren’t afraid to retaliate, and their sea photos don’t call for more scolding than raise questions about how their peers can get along the way.

When Patricia, who runs a business and business event in the Bay Area, arrived on her two-month vacation in Turkey and Croatia, she was afraid to send. When he announced his march, he lost 50 of his 2,700 listeners or more, and he was cautious when he saw an opponent in his native Brazil “expelled” for a party. But Patricia found that as soon as she started sharing the photos from her trip, her engagement intensified. “A lot of people were very happy to see what we were doing, the way other countries are doing things,” he says. “In the end I got more followers than I lost.”

Many of the people I spoke to justified their travels based on a vision of security. Some said they felt that air travel was the best way to travel because of the aircraft’s advanced filters (there is initial evidence to confirm this, though not necessarily). Because they are young and fortunate, they do not have to worry about serious illness, and they have the money to buy medical testing masks, take their cars home, and get tested whenever they want. What did he wonder, what was the difference between a single house-to-house exchange in Europe and a “home” guest house?

Ben *, an independent marketing consultant who has worked closely with Airbnb in Croatia and others, says: “I’m as risk a bit as going to the grocery store as I am on a global trip. Friends since early September. In New Year’s Day I made pods for them to live and work with their friends in rented houses; after researching, Ben and his friends decided to Croatia. ” come to Croatia it makes sense; we were not robbing this system of things. ”When Ben was comfortable using his name and mine at first, when I started asking him about some of the travel arrangements, he changed his mind. “I think there are a lot of trolls out there, and I don’t want anyone to come in and say, ‘Oh, you’re being so careless in doing this,’ ‘he says. “I’m not saying I’m doing the right thing in any way,” he adds. “I’m not saying I’m wrong. I think I’m just making my own. ”

When unwanted movement from the US it was no surprise, especially here that cases are increasing worldwide, as long as the airports are open and the planes are still operating, most people will probably just continue to do their thing. Some are more open to their causes than others. Kira *, a businessman who asked not to be identified to avoid retaliation, openly admits that his idea of ​​travel did not affect moral statistics but made him frustrated by the setback. “I found, if, 15 pounds. I would not let the landlord come to my house. I wouldn’t order, if any, a salad. I was terrified of COVID, ”he says after his first days in custody. After a few months of perpetual Zoom, he changed the music. “I was like, I’m done. I get sick, like, staying home all day. I can’t do this. I have to live my life. When I find it, I find it, everything. ”

Getting off the plane at Tulum was like entering another country. He and his traveling companions – a group of 30 or more friends, especially former work capitalists – were grateful for the break. He peeled off and ate on the floor and ate a large group dinner and, closed to local clubs, returned to the hotel. “Mexico is a place we are allowed to go to, so there was a secret. We sent everything,” says Kira. All was well until one of their members became ill and was tested at a nearby hospital – he was HIV positive. Later, some fell ill. “I’m like, We have to get rid of the problems here,” he says. “But obviously, on the form I stand at the airport I would not say, ‘Yes, I met COVID, and now I will be on my own for two weeks in Mexico. Like, sorry, I love myself that way. ”

Back in New York, Kira went on living. He and his companion had done their own thing on the trip instead of having a large group; in addition, it feels better. The following week, he hit the town, and headed for the Hamptons with his friends. Realizing that he, like 16 other people on the voyage, had been diagnosed with COVID, it was too late; he had already passed it on to his friend in the city. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe I gave it to you. I’m sorry, like, bad,” he says. “It’s like,’ Well, I chose to hang out with you, obviously. ‘”

After the incident, he warned one of his friends not to take the long trip to Tulum: “I was like, ‘Don’t try to do this.'” But are they worried about going? ” very much. And if he hadn’t been on the trip, I would have gone on another trip and arrived in a different way, because I didn’t do any self-defense. ”Now all gambling is over. “I have antibodies. I am planning a trip to Miami soon. ”

* Some names have been changed.

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