From backpackers forced to return home early, to cancelled summer holidays, many of us are eagerly looking forward to going abroad again. What is it travel offers that’s hard to find at home? When did travelling become a way of spending our leisure time?
The Covid-19 crisis saw planes grounded and cars parked around the world, leading to big improvements in pollution. If we can cut C02 emissions for one crisis, surely, we can do it for the climate crisis? Will there be a boom in virtual travel? Will we continue to travel?
These are some of the questions we’re asking about post-Covid travel – how can philosophy help us answer them?
Dr Emily Thomas is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Durham University.
New Ideas for the New Normal is a series of newly commissioned video essays from leading researchers and academics at Durham University. Each ten–minute piece considers how we might live now in a post-pandemic world, offering hope and fresh new ideas across a range of disciplines.