We are all currently stuck in a zone of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, most of us are already trying to put together a travel plan that is both practical and safe. But travel may not look the same after all of this is over. It might be worth getting an insight into how things might change.
We bring you the top tips and the new “normal” systems to watch out for post this pandemic.
Planning safely and in advance
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 into travel plans to adjust for time and activities.
Mini getaways over major plans
Everything from the airlines to the hotel industry is expected to spike their prices once the pandemic is over due to the current downslide. This means mini holidays or weekend getaways might be a worthy and 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 less travel time is definitely recommended now more than ever. On the other hand, it is a great time for advertising destinations to nearby locations.
Steady and digital travelling
As it gets trickier to deal with surface contamination and follow safety protocols, digital travel with a smaller number of passengers will be favourable. Digital boarding passes, online payments, sensors and social distancing are likely to be part of a passenger’s journey from now on. It might be worthwhile 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 this automation as smooth as possible. While the number of flights is 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.
Extra travel kits
Even though there might not be a need to travel in full-fledged PPE suits (or even face masks or 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.
Relaxing locations take a front seat
COVID-19 has had a significantly negative impact on people’s mental health as well 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 than 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 opportunity 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 in 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, the travel and tourism industries have adopted methods for the long run to keep their travellers safe and minimise the risk of scaring potential passengers away. This is likely to reassure people as they learn to step out for leisure once again.