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‘The hassle factor’ – travel proves exhilarating and exhausting in our pandemic of unpredictability

Pól Ó Conghaile


Bookings are stalling, but let’s not forget that travel still works 

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Passengers walk past airline staff as part of a welcoming event at JFK international airport in New York on November 8, 2021. Photo by ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images

Passengers walk past airline staff as part of a welcoming event at JFK international airport in New York on November 8, 2021. Photo by ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images

Passengers walk past airline staff as part of a welcoming event at JFK international airport in New York on November 8, 2021. Photo by ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images

Last week, I flew to Spain to spend a few days exploring the Basque Country. I came home exhilarated, but also exhausted.

Before leaving, I was on high alert for sore throats and snotty noses. Any symptom could derail the whole trip.


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