If you ever tire of the tourist crowds, then I'd take great joy in suggesting places that can avoid them, yet would still appeal to your interests. I think that's true of many here.Whether or not herd immunity is ever achieved, herd behavior is inescapable, so, perhaps more than most of our group, I expect a somewhat premature and progressively expanding move back to ‘very large’ if not immediately ‘massive’ tourism by next spring/summer, with the usual suspects bearing the brunt (Rome, Florence, Venice, Amalfi coast, etc).
I confess that my 73 y.o. self will be in that number.
We can always make use of your impressive store of knowledge, Ian. (I’ve always looked forward to your suggestions on this board). But I was actually referring to the likely resumption of traveling the most popular routes for most tourists in the relatively near future. But now that I have your offer to me on record, don’t think I won’t take you up on it. And thank you.If you ever tire of the tourist crowds, then I'd take great joy in suggesting places that can avoid them, yet would still appeal to your interests. I think that's true of many here.
Hopefully you'll be right, but be aware that we are seeing second outbreaks (if not "waves") in many places in the world. Here in Israel, the daily number of newly infected has gone up from single digits a month ago to over 200 these last days, and there is still a compulsory 14 day self-quarantine period for anyone, including citizens, coming in from abroad.TThe UK just started a 14 day quarantine for anyone arriving in the UK, even returning residents, but I think that will be gone by then.
After four months at home (a record for the last few years), the temptation of a quick trip to visit places which would normally be overwhelmed by tourists this time of year won.
You could be right. On the one hand workers in contact with the public (ticket offices etc) seem a bit irritable and unhelpful, although I can understand they could be feeling stressed and they generally weren't particularly friendly before ( I'm generalising here about Northern Italy and don't want to offend anyone, but I do notice the big difference when we go to Andalucía and in the same situation people are actually nice and friendly and helpful).It probably can, but to me it looks like it will be a lot less enjoyable. Unless of course one is not looking to interact very much with the human part of the surroundings....
On the other hand a lot fewer tourists can also mean that those that do turn up are viewed in a more positive way, the Coronavirus emergency also provides an instant topic of conversation as people are still trying to make sense both of what has happened and the 'new normal'.
I think friendly respectful visitors will be able to interact as before.
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