Before the coronavirus, travel was social currency. We asked friends and new people we met (remember meeting new people?) where they’d been and what was on their bucket list. Travel shaming back then referred to shaming someone for not traveling enough. People shared their travel experiences proudly, like a badge of honor.
Once the world went into lockdown and flights were canceled, with airports and borders closed, the social status of travel changed. Travelers began to face backlash from people who felt traveling during the pandemic was putting others at risk.
Unlike other breeds of coronavirus shaming, travel shaming doesn’t seem to lead to people being “canceled.” It slides quietly into direct messages or shows up passive aggressively on social media timelines.
Matt Long, travel blogger and podcaster based in Upper Marlboro, Md., has taken…