Right now, the world as we know it no longer exists. Travel has become a distant memory for most of us. While most of us may be wondering when we will be able to travel again or what will happen after the current crisis, the truth is that at this point, nobody knows every detail of what comes next.
The travel industry is eager to restart, but the beginning of this "re-opening" doesn't look too bright:
- Flights could be more expensive because of travel restrictions, longer boarding times, distancing rules (goodbye, middle seat?), you name it.
- People might have to go through quarantine when returning to their home countries.
- Restaurants could have to reduce seating to account for social distancing.
In order to gather more insights on the travel situation after coronavirus, I asked 3 travel experts to share their opinions on the topic. With years of non-stop travel experience in their back pocket, here's what they have to say:
Barbara is a travel writer and a photographer with 13 years of experience. She writes about her travels on her award winning blog Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel.
"The hospitality industry will have to find ways to instill confidence in the public that their facilities are clean, safe, and disinfected. Restaurants will have to increase space between tables. Airplanes will have to take away a significant number of middle seats. Hotels and guest houses will have to implement new sanitation measures, perhaps including new technology such as robots that clean rooms with UV light. One thing is certain, the next year is going to be very interesting."
Sabrina is an award winning travel blogger at justonewayticket.com. She has been blogging and traveling for 8 years and currently lives in Bali.
"Bringing a mask will definitely be part of all my future air travels. "
Racheli has left her corporate job to travel the world. In 2019, she crossed 35 countries by car.
"I'm trying not to plan so I wont be worried or disappointed."
1. How has the pandemic impacted your travel plans?
The pandemic has brought all my travel plans to a screeching halt. In February I was in 3 countries and haven't moved since the beginning of March.
2. What do you think travel will be like after the pandemic?
I think travel will grow after this as people will be dying to explore the world and get out of the house, but I think many wont be able to afford it
3. How will you stay safe when traveling after travel is allowed again?
I was in China when the pandemic broke out, Im not really worried right now, as I am safe and self isolating in Bali.
4. What's the first place you will go to when it's OK to travel again?
I want to go to the Philippines but not sure that will happen. Im trying not to plan so I wont be worried or disappointed.
It is clear that right now may not be the best time to plan your next holidays. Over the next few months we can expect the travel industry to change a lot to adapt to restrictions. Here's hoping that after all this ends, we can all enjoy travel once again.