As countries all over the world implemented a strict lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19, international travel, unfortunately, became the first casualty.
Many wondered, what impact this loss of mobility will have? Would we all stay cooped up in our houses indefinitely? More importantly, will we ever be able to travel again?
But with more people increasingly stressed about the virus, potentially losing jobs and a worldwide travel ban still in place, Queenie Shaikh —a travel journalist with an Instagram handle and a YouTube channel under the moniker The Poor Londoner— started racking her brain for ideas that’ll help everyone destress. And so, the concept for ‘Visit Us” was born.
She asked people on social media to email her a 5-10 second video clip giving one specific reason why people around the globe should visit their hometowns, starting with the phrase “Visit Us”.
This was to serve as motivation for future travel bucket lists, once normality returned.
With an overwhelming response, Shaikh wished to deliver content that represented diversity, unique cultures, beautiful accents and unheard-of travel spots.
"The idea behind the film was to portray my obvious dismay at the international travel ban, but in the form of a dream sequence. I wanted to depict the power of creative imagination and filmed myself accordingly. There’s a line in the video that says, “how cool would it be if I could just disappear into a map and travel the world?”