Places For a Changed World

The Sunday New York Times really shocked me way back on January 16, 2022. On that date this venerable newspaper that used to recommend travel destinations each year and send a reporter to check out each one it wrote about published a list of destinations for this year. It had not published a travel section since 2021 when it covered 52 places we love before dropping a travel section completely because of COVID.

This year it bravely wrote about “52 Places for a changed world”. Its choices for travel in 2022 reflect what has happened in the last couple of years when international travel was all but impossible and domestic was not much easier. People are, however, eager to travel again. This new travel section admitted that this pause has not been all that bad. It gave travelers time to really reflect on why they needed to go somewhere. “We’ve selected spots from across the globe where travelers can be a part of the solution”, The New York Times reports. Solution to what? People simply can’t go where they used to. The world and the rules have changed.

The 2022 travel section contains destinations that were not around when the world went berserk. Some of the new destinations include Argentina’s new Ibera Park, Maine’s new Cobscook Shores, and Hoonah, Alaska. Some venerable destinations of historic worth that Ruth & I have been to and are undergoing a new look include Kyoto, Japan, Humboldt, Kansas, and Australia’s Summerland Peninsula where travelers gather to watch fairy penguins emerge from the surf. New uses for old destinations are being discovered. Milwaukee and Cleveland, for example, are undergoing profound changes. Some of the newer places to explore are not yet open to travelers or were hard hit by the virus and are not safe for now.

We have not begun to adapt to the new rules made necessary by the travel industry’s necessary new rules. Cruises may never be the same again. We are entering a new world that is far different from the old one. Travel will be affected.


About roads-rus

Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roads-rus

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