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Don't treat all holidaymakers as troublemakers

Dr Ciara Kelly


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SOME DESTINATIONS ARE RISKIER THAN OTHERS: Enjoying the good weather on a beach in Dorset, England, last week

SOME DESTINATIONS ARE RISKIER THAN OTHERS: Enjoying the good weather on a beach in Dorset, England, last week

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SOME DESTINATIONS ARE RISKIER THAN OTHERS: Enjoying the good weather on a beach in Dorset, England, last week

I feel sorry for people. A few short months ago, booking a family holiday was one of the most normal things in the world. You could not attend a hairdresser without being asked about it. Now the hairdressers are back open for business - but it's unlikely that anyone who might be going on a sun holiday would dream of mentioning it in the chitchat while their elongated roots are changed back to blonde.

Now, to go on holidays abroad is akin to going on public transport without a mask or being on a beach at the same time as lots of other people. It leaves you liable to someone photographing you and rushing to social media to highlight what a terrible person you are - a socially irresponsible idiot who deserves to be shamed for your actions, while the poster basks in 'likes' and positive affirmation that they are a much better person than you.

But is it as black and white as travel abroad = bad, staycation = good? No, I'm not sure that it is.