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Why travel should be considered an essential human activity

September 9, 2020


I’VE BEEN PUTTING my passport to good use lately. I use it as a coaster, and to level wobbly table legs. It makes an excellent cat toy.

Welcome to the pandemic of disappointments. Cancelled trips, or ones never planned, lest they be cancelled. Family reunions, study-years abroad, lazy beach vacations. Poof. Gone. Obliterated by a tiny virus, and the long list of countries where United States passports are not welcome.

Only a third of Americans say they have traveled overnight for leisure since March, and only slightly more, 38 percent, say they are likely to do so by the end of the year, according to one report.

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