According to the US Travel Association, since the beginning of March, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in over $396 billion in cumulative losses for the U.S. travel economy.
Travel bloggers know best. Having visited over 100 countries over 13 years, Brenna Holeman doesn’t just treat travel as a form of vacation but as a passion turned into a full-time job. Originally from Winnipeg, a city in the Canadian prairies, she has lived in Halifax, Toronto, Copenhagen, Yaroslavl, Edinburgh, Osaka, and London.
But 2020 has driven her back home. “At the moment I have absolutely zero desire to travel outside of Canada, or even to another province,” she explained in a recent post on Instagram, adding that the thought of traveling to a higher-risk location or being in close quarters with tourists who haven’t quarantined makes her itch.
“It’s all so complicated, isn’t it?” she adds. “To travel, or not to travel. One thing’s for sure: the way we travel may not be the same for a very long time.” For Holeman, the solution was simple: travel – but do it closer to home. According to Holeman, she will be road-tripping, hiking, canoeing, fishing, camping, and supporting local businesses. Which doesn’t sound quite as bad as staying home.
“I was in talks with Travel Manitoba over a year ago that I would spend this summer traveling around this beautiful province, and that is indeed happening,” she explains. “While I’ve already been to Bird River as well as Winnipeg Beach, Pinawa Dam, and Birds Hill Provincial Parks in the past month, I’m soon headed to Brandon, Swan Valley, and Riding Mountain National Park for a Manitoba series with Travel Manitoba.”
We encourage you to follow her journey – online that is.