COVID-19’s impact on travel

COVID-19 changed the world change in March 2020 with its rapid global spread. Almost overnight, the world closed for business. Entire countries retreated into isolationism and closed their borders to control the spread of an opportunistic virus too small to see with the human eye. Wanderlusters replaced long-haul trips to exotic locations with short-haul day trips to the living room …

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Touring the Chernobyl exclusion zone a generation later

The former USSR, now present-day Ukraine holds one of humanity’s top dark tourism destinations in the world. Chernobyl and Pripyat and the surrounding areas have been off-limits due to the human-made nuclear disaster in 1986. Dubbed the “Chernobyl Exclusion Zone,” this destination has been on my bucket list for the better part of a decade. I’ve watched and read every documentary about …

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