Take a breath from Covid-19 news and transport yourself with a unique, user-generated travel gallery in the making...
I wanted to share a travel photo a day.
A photo to distract us, to help us dream of when we travel again.
I know coronavirus is first and foremost a public health crisis. Like so many others, I'm in awe at the fight in our healthcare heroes, our government and frontline public services. Our confinement pales in comparison.
But I'm also missing travel. Hitting the road and reporting on it is my life, my work, something that puts a smile on my face.
I'd like to share a photo a day, to distract us and dream of when we travel again. I'll start with a surfer at Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal. Share your photos with me (taken anywhere, anytime) using #WhenWeTravelAgain, and I'll post one at 8pm daily until we can explore again. 📸 pic.twitter.com/sesmd5HtY0— @poloconghaile (@poloconghaile) March 30, 2020
That's why I took to Twitter (above) on a mission. I looked for inspiring photos from our travels, taken anytime, anywhere. All they needed do was transport us for a moment, allow us take a breath amidst relentless Covid-19 news feeds.
I started with a surfer at Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal (see tweet). I shot the photo from dunes above the beach several years ago, and recalled the feeling that they had not just the beach, but the Wild Atlantic Way, to themselves.
That freedom seems all the more tantalising now.
Since creating the hashtag #WhenWeTravelAgain, photos have been popping all over the world - from Sydney to Strandhill, Portnoo to Provence.
And with them personal memories, and snippets of stories.
"My first run post-chemotherapy and mastectomy,' said Sheila Kissane, sharing a photo of herself wading into blue water in Puglia, Italy (below).
"The waves lapping up my legs... it felt incredible to have the strength. My children cheered me on and meet me with open arms. Can't wait to return."
"When you can finally leave your house and travel west, you can come and visit our house!" posted the Dan O'Hara Homestead in Connemara. "The door will be open, a chair waiting beside the fire, a Céad Míle Fáilte and a scéal or two!"
"It was so nice to go back over my photos from our holiday to New Zealand and to reminisce," wrote women's health advocate, Vicky Phelan.
We can't travel now. But we will soon.
Until then, join us in sharing your photos using #WhenWeTravelAgain on Twitter, or by emailing travel @ independent.ie. We'll add selected shots to the gallery (above) and re-post one at 8pm daily until we can explore again.
I hope that's sooner, rather than later.
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