A Wave of ‘Revenge Travel’ Continues into 2023… and What To Do About It (If Anything)

Mirella C
3 min readMar 26

A Light-Hearted Yet Practical Take On The Post-Covid Travel Boom Plus Some Essential Travel Tips

It’s difficult to characterize our current moment as being post-Covid, however for the sake of those who have sheltered in place to the nth degree, it appears that 2023 is the year — finally — when some of us are able to hop on long-haul flights and spill into the charming cobblestone streets of our favorite destinations with newfound confidence.

Whether that confidence is misplaced is not the most salient question in this era. We have what’s characterized as “pent-up” demand, resulting in what some economists have hilariously named “revenge travel.”

Traveling Post Covid
Taking Flight in This Era Is Complex — Photo by Gerrie van der Walt on Unsplash

It’s precisely why hunting for reasonably priced hotel rooms or Airbnbs has become a blood sport. Like any commodity that’s dwindling in supply, it’s easy to get priced out of the holiday you have been waiting an eternity to take.

Here are some of the brighter points to consider in this new era of travel:

1.Your Credit Card Points Will Probably Come In Handy When Booking Flights

While you can save substantially on your flights, you’ll likely need to immediately re-invest in your stay. But that is ok because the universe strictly operates by the rules of karma. That’s what I was told, at least.

2. Transacting in Almost Any Currency Has Gotten Easier

Wise (formerly Transferwise) has a debit card that will save your time-zone hopping self on monstrously predatory FX fees. Convert numerous in-demand currencies virtually with a UK-based fintech company that isn’t likely to collapse any moment now. The best feature of Wise is the bragging rights, fo sho.

3. Upgrading your Luggage with Locks Will Give You Peace Of Mind

Everyone knows that hotel safes are not truly safe. With pickpockets becoming more brazen, the investment in safety will more than make up for the numerous disaster scenarios of a stolen passport or wallet. The only sticky fingers allowed here are your own after devouring a stacked gelato in the blazing sun.

Mirella C

Journalist, screenwriter, story consultant, ghostwriter, and overall curious person. MirellaC.com