“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness… Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain
According to PEW Research, 91% of the world’s population lives in countries with travel restrictions amid COVID-19. And a growing fear in a post COVID-19 world is that those restrictions may contribute to an increase in nationalist sentiment. This fear is one shared by Paddy Tyson, editor of Overland Magazine. Tyson raised his concern during a recent interview on Bedtime Stories with The Motelorcyclist.
“I am fearful…we are not going to cross borders and are fearful of another group of people on the other side of a line”Paddy Tyson, editor Overland Magazine
Paddy Tyson was my guest on Ep 14 of Bedtime Stories with The Motelorcyclist. On the show he shared some fun ‘bedtime stories’ about his travels through the America’s, his motel experience in Winslow, AZ, and his book The Hunt for Puerto del Faglioli. We also discussed his founding of Overland Magazine and what the future holds in a post COVID-19 world. If you aren’t familiar with Overland Magazine, it has been published quarterly since 2010 and is dedicated to the versatility and immediacy of the benefits of travel by motorcycle. The publication emphasizes culture and geography with its stunning photography and literary prose. It has been compared to doing for motorcycle travel what Life Magazine did for photojournalism and National Geographic for broadening cross-cultural understandings.
During the interview, Tyson cited Mark Twain’s famous quote on the importance of travel in discussing what a post COVID world could become. “I am fearful…we are not going to cross borders and are fearful of another group of people on the other side of a line” said Tyson. “That line is so arbitrary. Maybe it is geographical, maybe it’s a river, you know that may be the border. But quite often it is a line in the sand. And it is insane to consider that people will be so dramatically different three feet this side of it or three feet that side of it.”
With the high number of nations implementing travel restrictions on their citizens he laments that a post corona virus world may continue to “restrict the very nature of movement, and the fear of the other side will increase.”
Amidst these fears, Tyson remains optimistic which is why plans are proceeding to host the 2020 edition of The Overland Event, September 3-6 in Oxford, UK. The Overland Event is designed to excite, inspire and inform anyone who is planning to travel on a motorcycle. The event features a bike show, test rides, workshops, films and presentations. Among the many confirmed presenters are Elspeth Baird, the first British woman to travel around the world, Ted Simon, author Jupiter’s Travels and yours truly (assuming travel restrictions ease).
And in summing up what registrants can expect at The Overland Event, Tyson says “It’s like a three day version of our magazine.”
Watch the entire interview with Paddy Tyson here.
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