What Will Travel be Like After Coronavirus? 3 travel experts give their opinions.

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 Weibel


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

 

Barbara Weibel

"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."

1. How has the pandemic impacted your travel plans?
I had to cancel all my plans for spring and summer travel. Had this virus not reared its ugly head, I would be happily roaming around Spain right now. I've also put my fall travel plans on hold because no one knows what the situation will be in the fall. But my feet are definitely itching and I'll likely be one of the first to book a flight.
2. What do you think travel will be like after the pandemic?
Oh how I wish I had a crystal ball! Of course, all of this is guesswork at the moment, but I suspect there will be some astounding travel deals out there for the first few months. Airlines and hotels will be anxious to kick-start their industries and I'm definitely going to take advantage of these deals. However, since we don't know whether COVID-19 will make a second round in the fall, I'll make sure that any flights or stays I book are fully refundable and changeable. Cruises may be quite another matter. My gut tells me the big ships are in big trouble. They've always been floating petri dishes, and people will likely avoid them like the plague. The small ship industry, however, might just become more popular. 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.
3. How will you stay safe when traveling after travel is allowed again?
I'm not entirely sure. First, I have a strong suspicion that I've already had the Coronavirus. I flew back to Thailand (where I live) from South America and Antarctica in mid-January. I broke up my flights, staying overnight in the airport hotel in Barcelona, Spain. About a week after returning home, I got sick. It wasn't severe, but I have never in my life felt such fatigue. I'd sleep for 12 hours, get up for a couple of hours, and then have to go back to bed. I was sick for more than three weeks and toward the end I was breathing heavily if I walked a few hundred meters. Then suddenly it just went away. I'm looking forward to a time when I will be able to get a simple test to determine if I have the antibodies for it in my system. If I do, I will certainly feel a lot safer traveling. Not only will I have immunity against it, I won't be transmitting it to anyone either. But if I don't have the antibodies I will continue to do things like wearing a face mask, washing my hands, and social distancing to the largest degree possible.
4. What's the first place you will go to when it's OK to travel again?
Canada. I'm so disgusted with the situation in America these days that I no longer fit there. My mother and grandfather were both born in Canada, so I've finally decided to claim my Canadian Citizenship. As soon as I can, I intend to do a cross-country trip in this country I have decided to adopt. I was fortunate to visit my 7th continent and my 100th country this past January, just before the pandemic hit. I've always said I wanted to visit 100 countries before I die. Since I've now met that goal, I sometimes think maybe it's time to slow down. Fortunately, that sentiment never lasts long. High on my wish list are Bhutan, several more destinations in India, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Namibia, and Mongolia.

Sabrina Iovino


Sabrina is an award winning travel blogger at justonewayticket.com. She has been blogging and traveling for 8 years and currently lives in Bali.

 

Sabrina Iovino

 

 

 

"Bringing a mask will definitely be part of all my future air travels. "

 

1. How has the pandemic impacted your travel plans?
All my future travel plans came to a total halt. I'm stuck in Bali, I'm suppose to be here but didn't expect to be inside my house for most of the time. Most restaurants, cafes, yoga studios , gyms and even beaches are closed. There is not much to do,  we have been told by the government to only leave our houses for emergency and groceries.
2. What do you think travel will be like after the pandemic?
To be honest, I'm not really sure, it's very uncertain. I have hope things will go back to normal, but it will probably take a long time.
3. How will you stay safe when traveling after travel is allowed again?
Bringing a mask will definitely be part of all my future air travels. 
4. What's the first place you will go to when it's OK to travel again?
Probably Singapore, Malaysia or Thailand. I'll be on the first plane out of Bali.

Racheli Aye


Racheli Aye

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.

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