Vacationing with a guilty conscience: is cruising the travel industry’s SUV?

Many define themselves through their vacation in the south and their cosmopolitanism thanks to long-distance travel. But in times of “flight shame”, the well-deserved vacation comes under pressure. Is travel shame a trend? Immediately after getting up she went splashing in the sea and then had breakfast at the pool. This was recently written by Youtuber Bianca “Bibi” Claßen (“Bibis Beauty Palace”) in the Maldives, about 8,000 kilometers away from Germany. It is probably a question of type, whether one grabs comforting patronage with such an Instagram post or whether it is foreign shame, even transferred flight shame . In any case, many now look at such vacation postings differently than they did two years ago. The travel shame is going on. But has a new era actually started and is the bad conscience on the rise? Are flying, long-distance travel and cruises becoming something to justify – instead of something to brag about? Quite a few report at least conversations and situations in which CO2 is suddenly an issue where it would not have been before. “There is a change in values” The vacation researcher and consumer psychologist Martin Lohmann has not yet found any general travel shame, but rather greater flight shame. In Kiel, as head of the Institute for Tourism Research in Northern Europe (NIT), he is responsible for the annual “travel analysis” of the Association for Holidays and Travel Research (FUR). Accordingly, most recently – in November – almost three quarters (73 percent) of air travelers said they had a more or less guilty conscience because of the pollution of the climate and greenhouse gas emissions. 27 percent did not share this feeling. “Apparently there is a” change in values ​​”here,” says Lohmann. “Flight shame is the expression of an inner conflict, not its solution: on the one hand you want to travel, but on the other hand you don’t want to influence the climate”, says the psychologist, who is professor of business psychology at the Lüneburg University. FOLLOW ME Is the kerosene tax a climate saver – or pure populism? ” We are currently researching how people deal with this conflict . Not talking about it would be a temporary option, on the other hand, traveling is a great topic of conversation, so a new conflict.” According to the researcher, the travel plans for 2020 are not expected to drop significantly in the short term, in spite of the widespread flight shame. There is, however, a greater willingness to pay compensation for the associated CO2 emissions, says Lohmann. Cruise shaming trend The Hamburg Youtuber and cruise expert Matthias Morr also observed a changed culture of conversation in view of the ongoing climate discussion and the Friday demos: “A cruise is something that you could brag about in the past. I have heard from many that they now prefer not to tell when they go on cruises so as not to be denounced for it. “ TO THE SURVEY Will you change your travel behavior this year?  The cruise ship is “quasi the SUV of the travel industry “. Such a huge ship is a strong symbol for many things that the Fridays for Future movement denounces. Shipping companies are not in a favorable situation right now, says Morr. New ships have been ordered – and turning the anti-mood around is a huge challenge. “Many shipping companies have also recognized this problem – ships either run much cleaner with liquefied natural gas or the provider compensates for the CO2 emissions.” Morr also observed a kind of defiance in the population: “I also experience a” now more than ever “with many – according to the motto:” I don’t want to restrict myself personally now, while in other countries or industries everything continues as usual “. ” There are a lot of people, including many big city singles, who don’t have a car but who invest a lot of money in travel. “For many, this is an essential part of their lifestyle and I think that many will not want to do without it.” Gaining prestige through travel Post-materialism was proclaimed for a long time – the motto that it is better to invest in experiences than in things. “If traveling is frowned upon now, what can you still spend money on with a clear conscience?” Traveling sustainably – is that even possible? We have ten tips for you Travel researcher Lohmann sees all of this as less of a problem and he also sees no end to tourism. “Travel has a number of positive aspects: relaxation, experience, learning, happiness.” They bring experiences that talking about is a proven social exchange. “I do not consider it a disadvantage that you now have to justify possible climate-damaging effects of your travel to yourself and others,” says Lohmann. “A little more prudence when planning tourist activities can’t do any harm.”  From the point of view of the business psychologist, gaining prestige through travel has so far been a side effect. In fact, “experienced people” have always been valued. “But this aspect is not lost if you pay attention to the climate when traveling.”

Large quarantine planner: which countries are corona risk areas – and where it is critical

In many holiday countries, the number of infections is rising again. Some European countries that were previously considered safe could soon become risk areas. We show where the risk of infection increases and what holidaymakers can expect in this case. Since many European countries reopened their borders to tourists, the joy of regained freedom of travel is great. But it seems that it only lasts for a short time. Because exactly the case that many experts feared is now occurring: The number of infections in many popular travel destinations such as Croatia, Spain, Portugal and Austria is rising again. When do travelers have to be in quarantine For vacationers, this means not only an increased risk of infection, but also possibly a quarantine after their return if the country is classified as a risk area for a short time due to sharply increasing numbers . The quarantine period is usually 14 days and is subject to the regulations of each individual federal state. Exempt from quarantine are only those who can present a negative Sars-CoV-2 test that is not older than 48 hours upon entry. Which criteria apply for classification as a risk area The Federal Ministry of Health decides from when a country is classified as a risk area in cooperation with the Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior for Building and Home Affairs. The criteria not only include increasing numbers of infections of more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within the last seven days , but also an analysis of the type of outbreak – whether local or nationwide. Likewise, the test capacities as well as the measures such as hygiene and contact restrictions for containment on site are considered for the classification. According to information from the Federal Foreign Office, the classification is checked every two weeks; if action is required, this is done more frequently, so that changes can be made at short notice. Rising numbers of infections: This is how high the risk is in European holiday countries Vacationers should inform themselves about the risk status of the respective vacation country before departure. A list of all corona risk areas can be found below in the article. Here is the current overview of some travel destination Europe that are currently not fully considered as risk countries . In some countries, however, the RKI classified individual regions as corona risk areas. Spain: travel warning – except for the Canary Islands Holidaymakers from the EU and the Schengen states may continue to travel to Spain without restrictions, but due to the increased corona numbers, Germany has declared the country, with the exception of the Canary Islands, a risk area and issued a travel warning for the popular holiday island of Mallorca . For returnees from risk areas, it has generally been the case for several weeks that they have to report to the health department. There is also an obligation to test when returning home.