We are all currently stuck in a zone of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, most of us are already in the future trying to put together a travel plan that is both practical and safe. But travel may not look the same after all of this over. It might be worth getting an insight into how things might change.
We bring you the top tips and new “normal” systems to watch out for post this pandemic.
-Whether the pandemic is “over” or there is a cure out there, it is essential for travellers to stay as safe as possible and follow the laws and conditions of every country. While some destinations have made it a necessity to show a valid COVID negative test certificate at the airport, others have adopted quarantine/isolation laws. It is important to incorporate these laws in travel plans to adjust for time and activities.
-Everything from the airline to the hotel industry is expected to spike their prices post the pandemic is over due to the current downslide. This means mini holidays or weekend getaways might be a worthy and a popular choice for a break rather than long and elaborate holidays which might prove to be riskier and more expensive. Taking a look at closer locations that require lesser travel time is definitely recommended now more than ever. On the other hand, it is a great time for advertising destinations to nearby locations.
-As it gets trickier to deal with surface contamination and following safety protocols, digital travelling with a smaller number of passengers will be favourable. Digital boarding passes, online payments, sensors and social distancing is likely to be part of a passenger’s journey from now on. It might be worthy for travellers to keep devices charged and equipped with digital copies of documents and payment options before travelling. Likewise, businesses need to incorporate technologies to make these automations as smooth as possible. While number of flights are predicted to pick up, it is also possible that flights may run with limited seating and special hours making it all the more important to book well in advance.
-Even though there might not be a need to travel in full-fledged PPE suits (or even face masks/shields) at some point, passengers are likely to be more aware of their surroundings and germ transfers. This might call for a little extra packing in the form of sanitisers, wipes, etc for them to feel safer and cleaner every step of the way.
-COVID-19 has had a significantly negative impact on people’s mental health as much as physical health. Stress, anxiety, depression and overall chaos took over most people’s lives. This might induce travel in the direction of stress-busting, and calm places. Nature-filled destinations will allow a break from the hectic pandemic and might be a better idea over bustling cities. Countryside areas can use this time to strategize marketing campaigns that highlight their sights and top destinations.
Hidden gems find respect:
-While it is likely that travel might be seamless soon, touristy spots and sights are still quite likely to practice social distancing and other laws – making them a tad less exciting for some travellers. This gives them the opportunities to explore more hidden gems around the destination which can offer a fulfilling and safe experience. It would help to research and jot down some of these areas before creating an itinerary to allow for a smooth journey.
Ideally, everyone would want to travel just like the old days without the extra hassle. Eventually, the world might even reach this point. However, the industry isn’t expected to pick up in a few days’ time. Passenger habits and mindsets have adapted to certain procedures. Likewise, travel and tourism industries have adopted methods for the longer run to keep their travellers safe and minimise risk of scaring potential passengers away. This is likely to assure people as they learn to step out for leisure once again.0