When will it be safe to travel again?

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The world has a new enemy to deal with, the COVID- 19. Suddenly, there is no bigger enemy of the world or terrorist in the world than the strong footed Coronavirus. The initial fear of the virus led to a complete shutdown of the world.

At present, people are in the second phase of the pandemic which can be called embracing the new normal to come back to life.

It will become easier for everyone to move on if they understand that they have to bend and alter their previous ways.

There are two options of making travel safe again

  1. Getting the vaccine or antibodies test
  2. Changing the norms and adjusting to the new normal

However, as the chances of option 1 are not very known at this time. Therefore, the world will have to adjust and embrace new things.

If you are planning to travel, be it essential or non-essential, the following details will be of importance for you.

Present scenario

We know that Europe has opened up. There are safe corridors amongst countries that let their people travel. But everything is still not very concrete. Therefore, with a variety of changes travel will begin.

As per Royal Caribbean Cruises chief executive Richard Fain “Travel and tourism will grow, not by reverting to what it was, but by adjusting to a world where all activities, everything we do in the world will have changed.”

So if you are curious about travel the following changes will occur in your travel mode to restart your journey.

Ports and airlines

As most major travel is via air, one will see major changes here. The present changes in airlines are

  • Blocking middle seats
  • Wearing masks
  • Having no buffet
  • Minimum carry-on luggage

However, in the long run, capping the attendance and reducing passengers on the flight is not the solution. Airlines will have to revert. They can plan on a few things such as

Change of flights with less or no charges

This step can help people to let go of flights if they are unwell. Also, this will keep the flights going steady and without losses for stakeholders.

Food & lavatory

The cleanliness and touchpoints increase for food and lavatory. The process of giving food on longer flights shall be worked with more diligence and UV ray technology tp get rid of germs.

Usage of toilets cannot be avoided in planes on longer flights, a concrete cleaning and disinfecting solution for this should be encouraged.

Airport screening

Going touchless is the order of the day. From boarding pass to payments at shops, all should be done via face scans. This way cash exchanges and touches will be minimized and people have lesser chances of getting infected.

Attractions and heavy tourist spots

Tourist spots that are closed spaces like museums will function on an electronic booking. People will book slots to avoid crowding. This has been already implemented in Paris, as tickets are sold online and in limited numbers.

Theme parks have followed the pattern too. However, all such fun places where there is a lot of human touching involved will remain deserted than in previous years.  Even if people follow all protocols of social distancing, masks, and sanitation at different spots, still the fear of germs and viruses is deeply instilled.

Explore domestic

People will jump to opportunities for leisure travel. It is obvious as everyone is done with the lockdown. However, their choice will be shorter flights and driving on the road.

This also brings us to a few important decisions for domestic travel

Rules for motels & rentals

Places meant for domestic travelers such as Airbnb or roadside hotels will have to up their games. In terms of thermal checks, cleanliness, or quarantine rules for a longer stay. The state or cities will be working in close liaison with such rentals and work for the better implementation of rules.

Rental rates

As remote working has become normal now. The vacation days can be longer than a three day weekend. This means there will be an increase in demand from people who want to make the most of a vacation. Consequently, this will bring about an increase in the rentals of such properties.

It has been observed that more than hotels people will prefer a place that they can stay for longer, clean on their own, and cook on their own.

International Travel will be expensive

If your pocket allows, be ready to travel albeit at inflated prices. It is simple math as the cost per mile increases; the total price tag will have a higher price. Airlines, hotels, bars everywhere the cost of operation will not be recovered due to lesser people. Therefore, everything will be expensive.

Once the pandemic is over, the prices will adjust. So, if you are a person working on a budget do try local and nearby locations to keep yourself insulated from the inflated prices.

Future of hotels, cruises and eateries

As a travel safety question, people would want to know the future of so many things. Concisely put the answer to all of these is patience and technology.

In the case of cruises, at present everything is at a halt. The cruises will begin with shorter journeys to assess how well they can cope with the trouble.

Hotels will go more contact-free than before. Digital keys using phones, contactless payments, and online screen service for queries will become the new normal.

Eateries are having a hard time. Fine dining will survive by inflating prices. Fast food joints can continue by working on delivery modes and takeaways. However, the signature street food, wineries, breweries for testing in some ambiance maybe shut down forever if losses are huge.

Travel will be as safe as it is made by responsible organizations. This is new for all so it will take another few months to draft a uniform procedure to make travel more convenient and less risky for all. Till then people can take baby steps and test waters by going to places closer to their home towns.

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