It’s been a surreal year for travel as the Covid-19 pandemic brought aviation to…


It’s been a surreal year for travel as the Covid-19 pandemic brought aviation to a halt and tourist destinations became ghost towns. Swipe through for some of the year’s defining photos.

For many, images of Italy’s lockdown, like this shot of Milan’s Piazza Duomo, served as a glimpse of the future.

Qantas airplanes were parked at Sydney Airport last April as stay-at-home orders were issued and travel came to a halt.

When Qantas announced plans to run a sightseeing “flight to nowhere” last October, tickets sold out in under 10 minutes. The flight thrilled Aussies who were barred from leaving the country for vacation.

One of the world’s top tourist destinations, the archaeological marvel Machu Picchu in Peru, was closed for months during the pandemic. The Inca citadel reopened late last year with new restrictive measures in place.

(📸: Piero Cruciatti/AFP/Getty Images/Cameron Spencer/Getty Images/James D. Morgan/Getty Images/Ernesto Benavides/AFP/Getty Images)



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  1. Don’t mind me folks.👮🏾‍♂️ I’m just checking if everything is safe in this comment section. (Make sure to tag me if you see any perpetrators!)

  2. Good reduction in travel.. Keep it that way… Most travel was unnecessary, destructive of environment, and based on underclass, exploitation..

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