Now, having had the chance to get away, I realise my need – yes need – to travel goes much deeper than simply trading solitary confinement for sun, sea and sand. It was in rural Alentejo, at São Lourenço do Barrocal, where the importance of travel was brought into sharp focus for me. Contemplating the bigger picture and our role in the world shows us how precious travel is in giving us perspective. AdvertisementThe World Travel and Tourism Council’s much-quoted statistics remind us that the travel industry provides 10 per cent of the world with 330 million jobs. Read next Vaccine passports for travel: everything you need to know Inspiration Vaccine passports for travel: everything you need to knowLike this?