2022 Too. Who Knew?

The pandemic is far from over but there's always a window for travel.

Even as we prepared to wave 2021 an enthusiastic goodbye, making long awaited travel plans for the New Year, the pandemic reared its head again. But if 2021 has taught us anything, it is about tiding over the pandemic and riding the waves.

As cases of Covid-19 subsided, we packed our bags and headed to the nearest destinations. When they increased, we rediscovered our neighbourhoods and travelled virtually. We learned the art of fluidity, of being flexible with our plans. We kept a lookout for that elusive window of opportunity, and took it.

At Travel Purist, we've chronicled the stories of fellow travellers in our pandemic series, The Pandemic Travel Diaries. These are people who found themselves in places far away from home when the pandemic struck as well as those who navigated the circumstances and set off on new adventures between the limitations.  

From Amandeep Singh's pandemic museum-hopping in Poland, chasing neon signs, to Shivani Gorle's walks through her neighbourhood in Brooklyn, New York, looking for vital signs - storefront memos that offered messages of solidarity, humour and humanity. From Ex-BBC Scotland journalist Della Matheson's account of being the last to leave Zanzibar before flights shut operations to Swati Paranjape's road trip from Mumbai to Manali in the quest to WFA, here's a round-up of pandemic travel experiences shared on in the last year.

In the meanwhile, keep the pandemic diaries coming. And remember that as one window closes, another opens. May 2022 be a whole new journey.

Stay safe. Stay well.


Pandemic Diaries

The Pandemic Travel Diaries: 100 Vital Signs in NYC
Early in the pandemic, Shivani Gorle walked around her neighbourhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York, collecting ‘100 Vital Signs,’ turning what began as a personal quest  into a public project on Instagram. Showing that there are many ways to forge connections, and to rediscover a place, during these strange times. Find the photo series here >>
What does your pandemic diary look like?

Were you stranded far away from home? Did you get to travel and discover someplace interesting? Or did you rediscover your neighbourhood? Perhaps you sought travel virtually, through books, films, music, food and online events.

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The Pandemic Travel Diaries: Going Neon in Poland
Before COVID-19 restrictions tightened in Poland, Amandeep Singh decided to move from India to Poland to live with his wife and her family who are Polish. In this pandemic diary, Aman writes about the time that he and Ika spent museum-hopping in Poland. The experience was one of empty museums, neon signs, and childhood nostalgia.  Continue reading >>


The Pandemic Travel Diaries: Last Ones Out Of Zanzibar
"I met Winnie just over a year ago. She was working in our guest house in Zanzibar. At the time, rumours of the virus were widespread, but the implications were not. Life seemed tranquil and normal." Della Matheson describes how a blissful vacation came to an abrupt end. Continue Reading >>

The Pandemic Travel Diaries: Road Trip Mumbai to Manali
Sick of being holed up in their Mumbai flat last year, designer duo and couple Swati Paranjpe and Siddharth Khandelwal packed their office (and kitchen) into their car and embarked on a road trip spanning 3000 km, from Mumbai to Manali. Continue Reading >>

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