Coronavirus postcards and posters encourage us to not travel

Everyone’s being urged to stay at home to stop the spread of COVID-19, which is especially difficult for people who like to travel.

To help spread the message to self-isolate, some creative people have mimicked the tropes of travel marketing to encourage people to do just the opposite of travel.

These faux travel posters by illustrator Jennifer Baer are a particularly brilliant example:

Vancouver International Airport has followed a similar tack by designing a series of amusing postcards that make our homes sound as exciting as any tourist destination:

While digital postcards are amusing, now might be a good time to reach out to someone you miss with a real, physical postcard, like these charming ones:

In Washington, one company is paying unemployed workers $15/hour to write postcards to people locked in during the pandemic. The tweet below is sent by Postcrossing Project, a collaborative community of postcard enthusiasts who send cards to random strangers around the world. If you aren’t already a member, now sounds like a great time to join them.

And while our ability to travel freely has been diminished, thus inspiring the projects listed above, a lot of what we watch and read uses wartime imagery to remind us we are in a battle for our lives. Perhaps it’s time to hearken back to the war propaganda posters of old to encourage us to keep up the fight:

 

 

 

Daily travel links for 2020-04-02: Defining essential travel, influencing during the pandemic and flight attending from home

Daily travel links for 2020-03-30: National Virtual Vacation Day, travel post-pandemic and Canadian restrictions

    • Are we making our children insecure by taking vacations without them? Don’t ask me because I never have.… https://t.co/FYzQbknDWd

 

Take a virtual tour on National Virtual Vacation Day

With much of the world locked away in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s tourism industry has taken a huge hit and is desperately trying to offer virtual tour options in a bid to remain relevant.

Just a few weeks into the lockdown, March 30 has been declared as National Virtual Vacation Day. Your choice of places to visit on your computer is endless.  One of the best places to start is the Google Street View Gallery which offers immersive tours of some of the world’s greatest places, both indoors and outdoors. For example, you can tour London’s famous British Museum via Google:


But it’s not just big-name museums that are jumping on the virtual-tour bandwagon. Even places as unlikely as the Central State Museum and the Museum of Folk Musical Instruments in Kazakhstan are online for your exploration:

It’s certainly an online activity that you’ll want to try with your kids that will let you explore the world together and talk about places that you’ll want to visit in the real world once this is all over.

While you’re contemplating life in self-isolation, think about the astronauts orbiting above us on the International Space Station then take a virtual tour of their spaceship:

A lot of experts say that virtual tourism is a trend to watch out for in the future. It’s still probably not much more than a curiosity, but if this pandemic stretches on, it might just be the impetus that pushes it to the next level where it becomes a real force in the travel industry.

What’s your take on virtual tourism? Is it something that you enjoy? Do you have a favourite that you could recommend?

Daily travel links for 2020-03-27: Vouchers, not refunds; disinfecting passports and cancellation horror stories

    • Everyone’s falling over themselves to create virtual #travel experiences. While most of them get boring quickly, watching the Northern Lights doesn’t… https://t.co/7qgvs9nvpY

 

Daily travel links for 2020-03-26: Empty planes, no travel ads and an ill-timed novel

    • Photos of travellers having a place to themselves used to be newsworthy; now it’s commonplace.… https://t.co/jijbMxoR9y
    • Check out the amazing finalists in this year’s edition of that #Yukon tradition, the Takhini Hot Springs Hair Freestyle Contest… https://t.co/QfjwBCJcde

 

If you’re still seeking flights home during the pandemic, check all versions of the booking site you’re using

A research team from VPNOverview analyzed several major online airline booking sites this week and discovered that anyone still stranded abroad that is looking for affordable flights to get home will get different results by using different versions of the sites that are aimed for specific countries.

On March 22 and 23, the Dutch website that specializes in cybersecurity and privacy topics examined several flight options that are still available via large booking sites like Skyscanner, Agoda, and Expedia.

They looked at flights available on the Dutch, American, Romanian, Portuguese and British versions of the relevant booking sites to see whether the offer and pricing of flights changed depending on the regional version of the site.  They also checked whether changing the IP address by using a VPN had any impact on the price and availability of flights.

In one example, they looked at the Dutch version of Skyscanner to book a flight from Cairo to Düsseldorf on March 28, 2020. The “fastest” flight was 17 hours and 25 minutes at a price of €1779. The American version of Skyscanner offered an 8 hours and 35 minutes flight that cost a mere €492. Many other examples were observed and it wasn’t always the British or American version of the booking website didn’t show the fastest or most competitively priced flights.

Their conclusion was that for anyone booking a flight online, they are advised to review multiple versions of the booking site they are using to ensure they are shown the most suitable flight options which is especially important during a time of crisis like the one the world is currently experiencing. A full article explaining the study’s methodology can be found on VPNOverview’s website

 

Daily travel links for 2020-03-25: Masking COVID-19 symptoms, parking unused airplanes and a new flight record

    • It’s probably not surprising to hear that sick Canadian travellers are masking COVID-19 symptoms to get through airport screening… https://t.co/tXH2HXAFXE

 

Daily travel links for 2020-03-24: Nationalizing airlines, defining fernweh and flocking to remote islands

    • Hoping that my one-time #travel companion Sarah manages to be one of the British tourists stranded in Peru that will make it home… https://t.co/9J3TbzTxYr

 

Daily travel links for 2020-03-23: Destinations hit by the pandemic, travel by car and fave travel books

Photo of Florence, ,Italy by umaturistanasnuvens via Instagram
    • If you’re a Canadian travelling abroad, it’s probably time to head home while you still can.… https://t.co/FNRA1ch19F