Travel shaming: Persons are being shamed for his or her pandemic journeys

The plague has brought a new era of shame. There is a disgrace, when one is insulted for wearing or wearing a mask; shame of some kind, when people are criticized for being too close; even the stigma of the virus, when someone has been blamed for getting a coronavirus.

And there is the embarrassment of travelers.

In the face of coronavirus, travel was financially viable. We asked friends and new people we met (remember meeting new people?) Where they had the contents of their bucket list. Shame on you at that time means shame for not walking enough. People proudly shared their experiences, like a badge of honor.

I forgot, over the years I’ve been here, I really like Mexico and its people, culture and wonderful food. For those who might be embarrassed, I feel safer here than in the US. And they are hardworking !!!

– Richard Culp (@Richiecuva) 27 July 2020

As the country was about to close and airplanes were banned, as airports and borders were closed, public transportation was changed. Travelers began to experience harm from people who felt they were traveling during the epidemic and putting others at risk.

Unlike other embarrassing forms of coronavirus, the embarrassment of walking does not seem to cause people to be “excluded”. It only moves silently in direct messages or just shows up quietly in the media.

Matt Long, a traveling blogger and podcaster based in Upper Marlboro, Md., Has traveled several times since the introduction of coronaviruses began to decline in the United States.

“Everyone has their own kind of shame about them,” Long said.

(Photo by Rob Dobi / For The Washington Post)

The blogger’s first tour of the tour ended on a Saturday at a Sunday. He made the long trek to the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, a 2,000-acre site in Farmington, Pa., Which supported a two-day stay. While all the comments on his story were positive, Long was surprised by the angry messages he received from his friends.

“They said, ‘I haven’t gone far beyond my way for two months, so forget it. My daughter can’t go swimming for lessons, but you go to the amusement park. No, that’s not good,'” Long said.

But her most controversial journey went to Disney World in August. The trip was a busy, relaxing break, with a Disney fan claiming to be able to recount his experiences on his podcast and blog.

“There was a lot of criticism that ‘I don’t believe you’re going to Florida right now,'” Long said. “I had ordinary people there [in Florida] who are not happy with me, or anyone outside the government, to be honest, because they feel like they are fighting for their lives and do not want people from other countries to come and help make things worse. ”

It is a thought that compels Lola Méndez, an American Uruguayan journalist who stopped the early stages of the epidemic after five years, to stay home.

Unloved idea: just because you love to travel doesn’t mean you’re fun.

– lola anna méndez @ (@lolaannamendez) August 23, 2020

“I wouldn’t be alone if I knew someone was sick and dying because of me,” says Méndez.

Méndez is disappointed to see writers and editors move on. When people ask Méndez for advice on the trip, they try not to feel like they are preaching with their own advice, instead sending them notes from their destination where they include words from places asking people not to travel.

“I’ve been very shy and posted some comments on Instagram or Twitter posts which is why I think it’s careless, all the things that I think you should consider before making the decision to go on vacation,” says Méndez.

June Tangney, a professor of psychology at George Mason University and author of “Shame and Guilt,” says it’s natural to want to feel ashamed of yourself during a pandemic. However, Tangney does not think that shyness can affect people’s expectations.

“Is it embarrassing or self-defeating for people who don’t follow this program to be helpful or useless?” Tangney says. “I don’t think it’s fair to say that this is nonsense.”

Although Tangney says there are no studies on the subject, all of his observations on embarrassment show that it causes people to defend themselves, get angry or blame others.

“It’s only natural to be angry with such people, to be angry with them and then to make them feel bad,” Tangney said. “But making them feel bad about this shameful thing doesn’t help.”

Tangney says there is another way to change someone’s dangerous behavior: Try to “encourage people to think about how they can affect others in a way that encourages them to be more careful than trying to kill them,” he says.

Fear of offenses or embarrassment can keep other people at home or keep their trips secret. Or to other celebrities, open to television.

Including rapper Drake, who was spotted in Barbados in July; player Timothée Chalamet, who traveled to Mexico in June; and Kylie Jenner, who posted anonymous photos from Paris this week, despite the EU banning American travelers. And the list goes on.

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“I cut back on what I shared,” he says of his final trip to Disney World. “There’s always been Mickey’s biggest problem and this time he’s very angry.”

After returning from his Disney tour, he stayed in solitary confinement for two weeks and took two coronavirus tests. For a long time she felt she was taking safety precautions to walk safely and saw herself as someone who could help alleviate some embarrassment by stopping the trip.

“As long as you’re smart in this regard and don’t put others at risk unnecessarily, I don’t see a problem with them [traveling], ”Says Long. “But in the future, I think we’ll be embarrassed for travelers.”

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