When Corona travels the world, we stay at home
It was the end of February when global media started sending endless signals about Wuhan territory of China. As we heard some numbers of death toll we did not consider this to be a major threat. We enjoyed our lives the way we always did. Millions of tourists were packing for their next destinations. In fact, they were already enjoying places like Paris, Rome, and Barcelona. Japan was getting ready for the Sakura festival. People were about to enjoy the beauty of cherry tree blossoms. Eurovision was about to begin. Liverpool was two matches away from the “30-year-old Trophy Dream”. No one could stop them. Well, one mini virus did.
With millions of plane take-offs and landings, our planet was running like a Swiss-watch.
Little did we know that the virus named COVID-19 decided to take a swift global tour. It was not going to be “80 days across the world”. Phileas Fogg would be jealous of such traveling speed. 40+ days later COVID-19 is enjoying 100+ country visits and it already took more than 10.000 lives.
Governments are trying to calculate the damage and take the necessary measures. Doctors and nurses all over the world are fighting to rescue the lives of thousands. Meanwhile, some people fight for toilet papers.
Wuhan is happily recovering from its “traveler’s” footprints. Chinese doctors are trying to help other nations with experience and medical units.
In the midst of this turmoil, travelers wait inside their homes. They are not used to such a static way of living. All of them seem to ask one question:
“What are we supposed to do now?”
I can clearly recall one quote that can shed some light into this situation:
“We discover 60 different places with the same eyes, whereas, we should discover 1 place with 60 different ways we look at it.”
Staying at home and social distancing will help more people to survive. This measure is not only vital but also tempting. People who are born with a DNA of a traveler are facing a major challenge. Countless days of fridge-routing, binge-watching, food eating, reading, following the news, sleeping, waiting, cuddling and waiting another day to replace the one which is never going to end.
It may sound crazy but this period is an opportunity to feel what people in historic expeditions felt. Imagine, you are a team member of the South Pole Expedition. Imagine, you are one of the Chilean miners who got stuck under the ground. Imagine, you are one of the boys from Thailand who are waiting to be rescued. Let’s go even crazier. Imagine, you are Hemingway, Hugo or Jules Verne. You are sitting at your desk and looking at the empty laptop screen. You are about to write your memoir, travel experience, revelation, nostalgia, emotions and many other things that are waiting to be packed into a book form. One book requires 45-50 days to be fully written without revision. Write your first draft and make it available online so that people read it. Write this book together with other travelers or compatriots. Co-authoring is also a big deal. Share your mutual experience. Sound easy, but then you have this word which is called procrastinating.
Type like crazy. Type with all your heart. Type the way you walk when traveling around the globe. Type like you are about to discover something great within you. You have a story of places that were seen. You have a story. Everyone does.
It is time to put your story out. As Hemingway would mention to us, it is time to bleed. Not out of boredom, but out of passion. Not out of anger but out of gratitude. You had a chance to feel this world. You had a chance to see different nations and people. Why not show this world to those who do not possess a chance to do so? Why not to travel with them one more time? Take them to the Himalayas, take them to Copacabana beach, take them to Pyramids of ancient Egypt. Take them to another dimension. Use your power and ability to be the voice of a universal traveler. Write, share and record your voice. Travel to every single household that you can. Try to travel faster than Covid-19.
When this period is over you will pack your bag, take your stamped passport, and leave your house. Just like you did before. Empty rooms will miss your clumsy style of walking and belly scratching. The fridge will miss your appetite. Netflix will miss you. Or you mill miss it. Hard to say.
Your house will wait for your return from yet another destination.
But remember for now.
When Corona travels the world, we stay at home.
We do it for those we care about.
For those we love…