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Coronavirus will transform the way we travel—but will it be for the better?

When historians look back on Britain in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, they may see the era of mass travel abroad as an aberration caused by a combination of an aggressive business model and governments keen to increase connectivity at any cost

An alien monitoring life on planet Earth over the past few months would have struggled to spot what’s been going on: Covid-19 is invisible, and its symptoms hardly distinctive. But what would have stuck out—even from space—was that a vast proportion of the world’s people and traffic had stopped moving.

It has been…

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