Youchen Zhou
email: yzhou18@pratt.edu
website: youchenzhou.com
instagram: @youchennn


“Where is your home?”


“I don’t know.”


Going home was very different this year. The worldwide pandemic forced me to head back to my home country, Singapore. Documenting international travel during quarantine provides a look at the devastating effect of COVID-19 on the world 's aviation industry and my own experience in quarantine.


Experiencing empty airports and quick security clearance was an odd reality. Weirdly, it was also calming to realize that I would be in contact with fewer people during my long journey. Standing in the massive open spaces, it felt like I was the only one left in this world. Upon arriving in Singapore, I was quarantined in a designated hotel that was mandatory for all international travelers. At the beginning of my stay there, the 14-day isolation seemed manageable but loneliness and lack of fresh air crept in slowly. The hotel room transformed into a luxurious jail cell. My privacy was compromised, as I was constantly reminded to report my whereabouts thrice a day to the government's immigration sector.


This is just the beginning.