A home away from the virus, but you can find it
Many people bristle at the thought of anyone going on a trip, let alone traveling indefinitely in a time of immense suffering, when millions of people just wait for the chance to kiss a loved one again. School and office closures were not meant to facilitate worldview; they were meant to persuade us to stay home and slow the spread of a deadly virus. Families who traveled extensively during this time did so despite public health guidelines.
But these families insist that their “slow travel” methods – allowing only rare encounters with other people inside – are no more dangerous than if they had stayed at home. Spend your time cruising the country in an RV and staying in state parks, and you rarely meet anyone outside of your family except to get food and gas. These families often argue that they are safer now than they were at home – with no grandparents or friends nearby, there is no one to see.
“This pandemic has been incredibly difficult for everyone, and people are finding their ways to manage and get out of it,” said Ashish K. Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, adding that activities isolated, such as sailing or camping, are not inherently risky. “We have to give people a break to do something different. “
Until the pandemic, the Ryans were not sailors, and they never planned to be. But they have spent confinement watching YouTube videos about families sailing. In May, they bought a boat without knowing how long they would stay there. “If it hadn’t been for Covid, there is no way this would have happened,” Ms. Ryan said.
And yet their life has become an endless journey. Ms. Ryan has given up on trying to keep up with the girls’ virtual learning calendar, and is now homeschooling them. The family hope to extend the trip indefinitely. Mr. Ryan is currently based in Miami, so when he gets back on the plane next month, he will be able to commute from the Caribbean. “Honestly, it’s pretty awesome,” Ms. Ryan said. “No one knows what the future holds.”
Other travelers left because they simply hit a wall. There’s nothing like being stuck at home to make you realize you’d rather be somewhere else. In Facebook groups like Travel off Path Community and Worldschoolers, members exchange tips on how to cross borders, how to handle local quarantine rules, where to find Covid-19 tests abroad, and how to go to school. at home on the road. Solo travelers use groups, with thousands of members, to meet other people abroad.
As the Wisconsin winter set in, Ana Gomez realized that she couldn’t survive a period of constantly spending time at home with her children, who are 5 and 3 years old. “We can’t be in a house for six months when it’s so cold,” said Ms. Gomez, 41, from Colombia. “It was going to be bad for us and for our marriage.”