If you are suddenly seeing posts and pictures of people travelling, shopping and eating out, you’re not alone. Turns out, people, after being at home for months at a stretch in 2020, are finding ways to make up for lost time, and are revenge travelling, shopping and eating out.
Travelling, but with caution
Actress Krishi Thapanda says that after being alone for so many months, she felt the urge to travel. “I enjoy travelling more than anything else. So, when I couldn’t travel for months, I felt the need to go out – if not for lavish vacations, just simple outings with friends and family members. Infact, I’ve travelled to Coorg at least 6-7 times in the past 3-4 months, which is more than I have done before the pandemic,” says Krishi, adding, “Of course that hesitation is there, but my recent travels and treks have been to places where you won’t find a lot of people. For me, getting out of the house was important, not the destination.”
An eating bucket list
Bengaluru-based model and actress Nisha Hegde says that by June, she found herself travelling and eating out. “Thanks to my job, I got to travel immediately after the lockdown was lifted and once eateries opened up, I couldn’t wait to eat out. In fact, I have been trying out new restaurants and new cuisines because I couldn’t stay at home anymore. I have a bucket list now and I want to tick everything off it,” she says.
Consumers are looking at making up for lost time
Hospitality consultant Aslam Gafoor says that people are okay with stepping out now. “For a long time, people didn’t spend money on food. It was only about buying essentials and basic groceries. In fact, many even saved because a lot of people lost their jobs. But, once things got slightly better, many found themselves with a certain amount of disposable income. So consumption has gone up suddenly,” says Aslam.
Exercise restraint and caution, warn experts
City-based psychologist, Dr Sulata Shenoy says that the number of people going out for shopping, travelling and eating has certainly shot up in the past 2-3 months. “The moment people saw a slight chance of stepping out, they seized that opportunity. This is a result of them being cooped at home for longer durations. However, people need to be cautious and exercise restraint. They cannot give up being careful just because they want to make up for what they have lost in the past few months,” warns Dr Sulata.
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