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Never Stop Exploring

Ashley Hansen May 4, 2021


During the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people were staying home than ever before.

Now, with vaccination rates going up and “normal life” seeming so close, people are beginning to hope for normal again, and to see the end of the pandemic. 


“Travel has changed forever,” Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky


While some things may go back to the way they were done before, it is likely that many habits we picked up during the pandemic will stay with us such as working from home in some capacity or wearing masks to the doctor’s office. The CEO of Airbnb, Brian Chesky, seems to think travel will change forever too. 

“Travel has changed forever,” Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said in a recent interview with Yahoo Finance. Amidst the pandemic, people were not traveling the way that they used to. Cars became preferred over planes, and traveling only 300 miles was the new average. Because of this many people were exploring closer to home and finding hidden spots they never knew were right in their home states. 

When life slowed down, the over 400 National Parks in the US became one of the most popular places to go. This also goes for state and local parks. As the end of the pandemic is in sight, travel experts think that lots of people will continue to explore natural areas that are closer to home. It is less of a time commitment to stay closer to home and will save lots of money as well. 

How has the pandemic changed your travel perspective? Do you think you will travel smaller distances than you used to, or are you ready to get back to the way things were?