Photographer's Note

I don’t think it is necessary to explain the importance of the tourism on this forum. Obviously, most TrekEarth members prefer to walk around and experience places rather than stay at the hotel pool for a week or two. We are curious about the world, and we want to learn about the world through photography. However, I must admit that at various stages of my life I have tasted a variety of travel approaches and I don’t judge other people’s priorities. Regardless of whether you prefer to drink alcohol by the pool or walk among slums photographing damaged houses and poor people, the tourism transfers money to the people who need it and has the potential to teach the visitors not only about the beauty of the world but also that we all have so much in common. I have heard that 80% of people on Madeira rely on the tourism. They want tourists to come again, and we want to go there. EU understands that and the travel restrictions are slowly being lifted in the block. UK is quite behind. Its airlines and airports so far suffered the most. We cannot wait for all Covid cases to disappear. The new Covid variants will come every now and then. Covid is here to stay like the flu. We must return to normal life.

This is a view from a terrace of the hotel in which I stayed on Madeira. Most of the buildings you see there are hotels as well. Many of them were empty when we visited earlier this month. If the travel companies, airlines etc collapse, the travel may become, like in the past, a domain of very rich people only.

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