Travel has always been an escape, but the stories that captured readers’ attention this year were of places decidedly closer to home.
It’s not hard to understand why travel stories were such a hit this year. After a 2020 spent largely in lockdown, this was supposed to be the year America hit the road, newly vaxxed and ready to celebrate. Instead, we spent it dodging delta and omicron and deeply divided about how to move forward.
Travel has always been an escape, but the stories that captured readers’ attention this year were of places decidedly closer to home. We spent time outdoors, floating the river or camping in a state park. We visited small Texas towns and Gulf Coast beaches that are far enough to break up the monotony but close enough to make the road trip. We celebrated living in Texas while the world around us sometimes felt like it was crumbling. And to that end, travel did what was it was supposed to do: reframe, reinvigorate, and reinvent the world around us.