Travel Pause Coronavirus

Now Is Not the Time to Travel Abroad (An Open Letter from 92 Travel Bloggers)

Editor’s Note: this letter was originally published March 13, 2020, during the initial wave of the covid pandemic.

It is our job to help you travel the world and to encourage you to venture and explore beyond your tiny corner of the planet. We choose to dedicate our work to promoting travel because we truly believe travel is a force for good. When done right, travel can help make you a better global citizen and can help bring societies around the world together in a positive way.

That is why we do not say the following lightly:

Now is not the time for recreational international travel.

The U.S. State Department has urged Americans to reconsider such travel abroad, as has a growing-list of other authorities like the government of Australia.

Even if you are not worried about the health consequences of becoming infected yourself, you potentially could spread the disease to new communities and to people in higher-risk groups for whom the virus poses a greater threat.

And, independently of whether you actually contract or spread the disease itself, traveling abroad now means you risk finding yourself in a quarantine or potentially stuck in a foreign country without an easy and safe way home.

Many countries have been banning international flights, either wholesale or from certain affected countries. Others have required many incoming travelers to be subjected to quarantine. Many of these flight restrictions have been implemented on short or no notice, and the public communication around the scope, timing, and effect of many of the bans has been confusing and chaotic. While some experts have questioned the efficacy of some of these travel bans as a containment measure, the reality is that they are happening and we are very likely to see more travel restrictions in the near future.

In light of the above factors, we believe that, at least for the present time, it is imprudent and irresponsible to engage in recreational international travel.

Please note that we are speaking specifically to recreational international travel. There are other circumstances where travel may be appropriate, such as repatriating yourself to your home country if you are currently abroad, or travel for essential non-recreational reasons such as by medical and health professionals.

Many of you have come to this conclusion by yourself already, but we remain concerned the message still has not gotten through to everyone in the broader global travel community.

If you remain unpersuaded, consider that, as travel bloggers, we are small business owners who stand to lose much or even all of our income as a result of this.

Telling you to stop international recreational travel is not in our best economic interests.

But, like the many other business owners around the world who are putting people before profits, we make this plea because we believe it is in your interests and in the interests of humanity.

Our plea is only temporary. While we cannot now tell you exactly how long you will need to avoid such travel, know that it is not forever.

There will come a time when it is safe and appropriate to travel abroad again, hopefully relatively soon in at least some parts of the globe.

You will likely be spending more time indoors in the coming weeks, which gives you a good opportunity to continue to plan your summer trips abroad. While we cannot know how long this pandemic will last, you can still plan your travel for summer and beyond without risk of financial loss by taking advantage of the fact that many airlines, hotels, and tour companies have recently offered generous and flexible travel cancellation policies.

You may find that reading travel blogs, planning your summer trips, and dreaming about the incredible travel destinations you will visit when this is over can be therapeutic in a time when we could all use a mental distraction. Continuing your planning also helps support the future of the ailing travel industry, which accounts for 1 in 10 jobs globally and has been hit hard by the global economic fallout from this pandemic.

In the meantime, please stay calm and do not panic. Wash your hands, practice social distancing, and follow the advice of the CDCthe WHO, and your local health authority.

We are in this together and together we will beat this.


Nate Hake
Travel Lemming

Emily Scott
Two Dusty Travelers

Katie & Ben Zweber
Two Wandering Soles

Patrick Muntzinger
German Backpacker

Megan Starr
Absolute Armenia

Jessie Festa
Jessie on a Journey

Laura Sharples
Anywhere She Roams

Alessandra Granata
Tips 4 Italian Trips

Patti Reddi
The Savvy Globetrotter

Megan Jerrard
Mapping Megan

Justine Jenkins
Wanderers of the World

Margherita Ragg
The Crowded Planet

Taima Ramsey
Poor in a Private Plane

Constanza Fernandez
Experiencing the Globe

Holly Rosen Fink
Go Girlfriend

Annalisa Franceschini
Travel Connect Experience

Sophie Anderson
The Wanderful Me

Talek Nantes
Travels with Talek

Maria Haase
Europe Up Close

Katalin Waga
Our Life Travel

Claudia Tavani
My Adventures Across the World

Chris Roman
Explore Now or Never

Julie Dawn Fox

Katerina Xirouchaki & Maria Spyrou
It’s All Trip to Me

Lavinia Dsouza
Continent Hop

Karen Turner
Wanderlusting K

Priya Vin
Outside Surburbia

Ashley Hubbard
Wild Hearted

Bella Falk
Passport and Pixels

Maria Kofou
T Stories

Matilda Geroulis
The Travel Sisters

Lauren Monitz
The Down Lo

Rai Suliman
A Rai of Light

Liza Skripka
Trips Get

JB Macatulad
Will Fly for Food

Dana Sikand
Adventures With Children

Emily Lush
Wander Lush

Esther Namugerwa
The Adventurous Feet

Rae Argallon

Karolina Klesta
Karolina Patryk

Sarah and Justin Poitras
Travel Breathe Repeat

Amarachi Ekekwe
Travel With a Pen

Xavier Santiago
Pasion Por La Aventura y Cultura

Brianne Miers
A Traveling Life

Jonathan Riddick
Journey Maxx

Ursula Streit
Travel Video Blog

Tanya Korteling
Can Travel Will Travel

Stella Jane
Around the World in 24 Hours

Elena Sergeeva
Passion for Hospitality

Liliane Fawzy
My Toronto My World

Marta Correale
Learning Escapes

Mark Conrad Maramag
Plan Your Trip Now

Katie-Beth Gamblin
Her Life in Ruins

Theresa McKinney
Fueled by Wanderlust

Cindy Baker
Travel Bliss Now

Scott Shetler
Quirky Travel Guy

Lesley Christensen
Freedom 56 Travel

Ben McLaughlan
Horizon Unknown

Sarah Vanheel

Loredana G.

Lee-Ann McKenzie
Be Free With Lee

Courtney (Coco) Black
Coco Betty

Gloria Apara
Nomadic Chica

Alessandra Granata
I Viaggi dei Rospi

Manon van Schagen
Visiting the Dutch Countryside

Angela Corrias
Chasing the Unexpected

Brittany Wittig
The Rolling Pack

Aram Vardanyan
Absolute Armenia

Mandi Morrison
Big Family Little Adventures

Jim Whittemore
Executive Thrillseeker

Samantha Barbagallo
The Wandering Wanderluster

Tracy Pastorak
Two Moms Dancing

Frankie Thompson
As the Bird Flies

Leanne Scott
The Globetrotter GP

Wendy Werneth
The Nomadic Vegan

Amanda Kindle
Not a Ballerina

Marta Ostoja Kiedrzynska
Where Life is Great

Melissa Conn
The Family Voyage

Seema Gurnani
Panda Reviewz

Federica Provolenti
A Stroll Around the World

Mar Pages
Once in a Lifetime Journey

Sydney Richardson
A World in Reach

Anjali Chawla
Travel Melodies

Chirasree Banerjee
Travel Realizations

Nafisa Habib
My Own Way to Travel

Soumya Nambiar
Travel Books Food

Sara Essop
In Africa and Beyond

Amrita Sen
Tale of 2 Backpackers

Michela Fantinel
Rocky Travel

Ingrid T
Second Half Travels

C Boarding Group
C Boarding Group

Heather Raulerson
Raulerson Girls Travel

Larch Gauld
The Silver Nomad

Dani Leigh
Travelling Jezebel

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