Quarantined travellers share fantasies with new hashtag

The hashtag #WhenWeTravelAgain is a big hit with quarantined travellers sharing photos of their travel fantasies. (Pixabay pic)

DUBLIN: Launched by Irish Independent travel editor Pól Ó Conghaile, the initiative aims to keep the travel dream alive, as much of the world is on lockdown.

“Since creating the hashtag #WhenWeTravelAgain, photos have been popping all over the world – from Sydney to Strandhill, Portnoo to Provence,” he wrote.

With different parts of the world experiencing different rates of infection and mortality, the future of travel remains uncertain in the coming months.

According to the latest estimates from the UN World Tourism Organisation, international tourist arrivals are on track to decline between 20 to 30% in 2020, down from an estimated growth of 3-4% forecast in early January.

That translates to a loss of between US$30 to US$50 billion in international tourist spending.

In the meantime, those with a bad case of wanderlust can share their travel wish list and seek inspiration on Twitter using the hashtag #whenwetravelagain.