For some, a pandemic is not an ideal time to travel. However, for some young people in the United States, it is the perfect time.
During the summer in the northern hemisphere, Bret Collazzi and fiancee Di Gao decided to cancel the lease on the apartment in New York, buy a car and spend the foreseeable future traveling around the country while working remotely. They spent a few weeks in Catskills first, and the plan for the fall is to drive from New York to Seattle, then head to cities in California, Texas and back through Louisiana.
“We have always talked about what it would be like to live elsewhere, but we never had the courage to just act and change,” said Collazzi, 36, an economic development consultant. “It never seemed like the right time to do that. What better time to test what it’s like to be in all those cities that we’ve always talked about?”
Without children, mortgages or offices that arrest them, some Americans have jumped from city to city in search of new settings and open spaces.
Driving this trend are some large employers who only expect employees to return in 2021. Although some Wall Street banks are already putting pressure on teams to return to offices, large technology companies such as Google, Alphabet, Facebook and Amazon. com extended teleworking policies – and some even made the agreement permanent.
People like Collazzi, who can work remotely, find that restrictions imposed on international travel stimulate domestic tourism.
More than 34% of people replaced part or all of the face-to-face work with the remote from September 2 to 14, according to the US Census Household Pulse Survey. People in low-paid jobs typically did not have the same flexibility as those who earn more: more than 61% of families who earn more than $ 100,000 a year said they were able to replace telework with some face-to-face work, compared with 25% of families who earn less than $ 100,000.