There is no doubt that visiting popular tourist cities such as London, Paris, New York, or Tokyo is great. They’re great because they always keep tourists busy with amazing sights, attractions, and a wide selection of food and drink. Of course, there are many other reasons why they would visit these places but smaller cities or towns can be just as good if not better. Anyone who has got off the beaten track and explored further than the usual touristy areas will agree with me.
Unfortunately, no matter how much we try to support the tourism sector there’s only so much each individual can contribute. A UN report suggests that by the end of the year we will see a drop of around 1 billion tourists, to this date over 100 million have lost jobs in the tourism sector, and stand to make a loss of 1 trillion EUR shortly! Although major cities in the world will see the highest number of jobs lost, they do stand a chance of bouncing back shortly. Smaller cities, airports, B&B’s may or may not.
This morning I woke to the news that Ryanair will be cutting down its winter routes and they will be closing their Cork, Shannon, and Toulouse bases for the winter months. “While we deeply regret these winter schedule cuts they have been forced upon us by Government mismanagement of EU air travel,” said Michael O’Leary. Ryanair employed 80 staff at Cork Airport and 55 Shannon Airport. It’s not just the tourism sector that is affected though, even something as simple as a small corner shop can see a drop in business if tourists stop coming in to purchase items, and we are building up to a stressful time for some with Christmas just around the corner.
If people are planning to travel during these strange times, now is the time to get off the beaten track. Small hotels, shops, and tourist attractions in lesser-known areas of the world will appreciate your business more than ever! Have a unique story to other travelers when you come back from your trip instead of saying how much you love the London Eye and took a selfie overlooking Big Ben, not to mention that getting off the beaten track will be healthier for your wallet. Anyone who has gotten off the beaten track before will tell you how great it is and how much you can learn from it, so now is the time you should explore these areas and help out the tourism sector where we can.
Winter is just around the corner and if you want to know why this is my favorite time to travel you can click on the link down below.