What to Expect From Paliparan During the Corona Virus Crisis

With travel and flights grinding to a halt due to the corona virus crisis, this is not the best time ever to run a travel website – in this post we will shortly explain what you can expect from Paliparan in the next few months.

Corona

The corona (COVID-19) crisis has hugely impacted the entire world. What seemed at first an issue contained to China only has now gone truly global, leaving few countries unaffected by the virus.

Some countries, with especially Italy jumping to mind, are going through the biggest crisis since the end of World War II.

Even though fortunately the situation in China seems to improve thanks to the drastic measures taken by the Chinese government and selflessness of the Chinese abiding to quarantine rules, the same can unfortunately not be said in countries like the US and the UK where people still flock to pubs and beaches like nothing is happening.

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The Italian city of Bergamo is one of the hardest-hit areas in Europe. ©Paliparan

Travel

We cannot say this enough: this really is not the time for travel. This does not only apply to international trips – but also to domestic travel. Stay at home as much as you can, avoid groups and other people (keeping a distance of at least 6 feet if possible) and follow the recommendations given by your government.

The only people who may still travel are those who need to do so for vital work (lorry drivers, doctors and nurses etc.) – as well as perhaps those who find themselves stuck somewhere in the world with borders being closed and flights grounded and who desperately want to return home.

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This is not the time to head to the airport for a holiday – stay at home! ©Paliparan

Flight deals

As the crisis can easily last a few months more, we will thus refrain from posting travel and holiday deals in this period. However, we will occasionally post some great deals for the end of summer or autumn as chances are big that the corona crisis will be over by then.

SARS, another corona virus, also petered out over the hot summer months. China proves that drastic quarantine measures are working in controlling the spread – for the last few days, there have been 0 new cases in Wuhan and the greater Hubei province where the virus originated.

Travel industry

Although our thoughts should currently be with the heroes fighting the virus on the frontline such as doctors and nurses as well as the victims and their relatives, we should definitely not forget others affected by the virus.

In all kinds of industries, workers have been laid off and are currently jobless at home without any income. This is especially true for the travel industry. Literally millions of people working for airlines, hotels, travel agencies etc. have already lost their jobs.

When this crisis is over they deserve our full support. Even if you don’t care about the financial well-being of certain companies and whether they go under or not, remember that a lot of people like you and me who are working for them are highly dependent on us consumers travelling.

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Watching the sunset on the mighty Mekong river in Luang Prabang. Why not visit Laos when the corona crisis is over?. ©Paliparan

Stay home, fly later

Therefore, our motto is stay home now – and take back the lost time travelling later when this crisis is over. Therefore we will keep on posting the occasional flight deals for (late) summer, autumn and 2021 travel.

We will also keep on posting airline and hotel reviews and travel destination articles which may be of help for some to get new travel inspiration, or to dream away in these dire times.

We also have some other surprises on store on the website – including some collaborations and articles by new contributors! So stay safe, and do regularly check our website for news!

Koen

Koen

Koen works as a freelance journalist covering south-eastern Europe and is the founding father and editor-in-chief of Paliparan. As a contributor to some major Fleet Street newspapers and some lesser known publications in the Balkans, he travels thousands of miles each year for work as well as on his personal holidays. Whether it is horse riding in Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan mountains, exploring the backstreets of Bogotá, or sipping a glass of moschofilero in a Greek beachside taverna, Koen loves to immerse himself into the local culture, explore new places and eat and drink himself around the world.

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