How do we keep COVID-19 from ruining our precious vacation time, with international borders closed to travellers, festivals cancelled, parks, camping and cottage visits limited, and even small events like garage sales forbidden?
There are ways to salvage summer plans – but it means thinking differently about our leisure time, say University of Alberta experts.
It’s normal to feel disappointed about cancelled summer plans, said Elizabeth Halpenny, a University of Alberta expert in recreation, leisure and tourism studies.
“Many of us think about our next vacation. It’s like hopping on these islands of opportunity to get away from everything and if we break that chain it creates a sense of frustration, and now there’s limbo about when we can do ‘meaningful’ travel again.
“It really keeps people in the doldrums right now.”
But rethinking vacation time is not a bad thing, Halpenny said, because it lets us explore ideas for more meaningful travel experiences.