There was lively southbound traffic on the A3 on Friday. Germany is in vacation and short-time working mode. It is travel time, even if the goals appear exotic this year. Fichtelgebirge instead of Egypt, Sauerland instead of Turkey. Quite a few stayed in their own country. For reasons of reason and fear of infection abroad.
At the same time, old forms of travel are experiencing a renaissance. Family vacation by car instead of airplane. Your own vehicle is considered a safe haven from infections. The motorhome industry is booming, the mobile snail shells promise mobility and safety. Corona has changed the world and its travel habits.
As it seems, not just for a short time.
Are habits changing permanently? Is there a trend towards more sustainability? Holidays in Europe, with a neighbor around the corner instead of booking a short trip to Saigon? Doubts are appropriate. This week there was a remarkable news in the media.
The cruise industry is starting again.
Unfortunately, this does not apply to the historic, incredibly stylish steamers with which you can travel in a small circle over the large lakes from Gothenburg to Stockholm. It's about the return-oriented mega-crusaders, which were designed for the holiday of the masses. The big ships made headlines at the start of the pandemic. They proved to be superspreaders, had serious problems getting their passengers on board, and some were quarantined.
But people are forgetful. Aida, Hapag-Lloyd and TUI Cruises announce the restart for the coming weeks. A little hesitant, with few ships and reduced occupancy. A comprehensive hygiene concept and short trips are intended to provide supplies to customers.
The tender hope that the excesses of the cruise ship industry would also disappear with the crisis does not seem to be fulfilled. Instead, they will burn heavy oil again, the pollutants will go far into the country. Only one cruise ship of the current fleet was environmentally friendly classified as a daily for the majority of floating hotels CO2 emissions was calculated from 84.000 cars. Emissions - exclusively for fun and leisure.
It remains to be seen whether the cruise industry will restart. For environmental reasons, hardly anyone will cancel a trip on one of the huge ships. You don't have to build the illusion at all. But maybe the potential customers are more careful than you think. But it is more likely that a cruise with a limited program and hygiene concept is not fun.
Where would we have traveled this year?
Mark and I would have gone to Sweden. A week on the trail of Saab. We had planned it last year, the hotels had already been booked. We canceled it at the last minute - for professional reasons. Sweden is currently not an ideal travel destination. Even if it no longer lights up red on the map, travel warnings still exist. The neighboring country Norway relaxed them on Friday - a little bit.
Tourism in Sweden is suffering. With historical Steamers how to drive Juno or Wilhelm Tham into the great lakes via the Göta Canal? A Swedish summer dream that couldn't be more beautiful. May you forget in 2020. Corona chains the ships. Hygiene concepts on board the veterans, some of whom are more than 100 years old, are out of the question.
Trollhättan, the Saab Museum? Spoiled by success since 2011 with increasing numbers of foreign visitors every year. The Saab cult stands out. This year unfortunately not an issue for us. Maybe in 2021 if there will be a vaccine. If not, then things are looking bad with upcoming major events like the Saab Festival.
The Saab Festival is our big topic in the new week. It was directed by Spyker 10 years ago. Saab was considered free and saved, big dreams were on the way. Unfortunately the dream was too short, the time is still worth remembering. We will travel to Trollhättan at least virtually, review old ideas and impressions. Our readers take me to the Swedish wonderland.