2020 has been a crazy year. And it’s only June. Whilst the true impact of this Global Pandemic continues to unravel, I think it’s safe to say travelling is going to take a long time to get back to normal – if it ever does.
With tourists hotspots eerily quiet, airlines struggling to make ends meet, and local businesses facing unprecedented times, none of us can truly say what the industry will look like in a years time.
But what will change?
Immigration & Documentation
I think it’s safe to say immigration queues will be longer. Many – if not all – countries will test for Covid-19 at their borders. So expect those lines to move a lot slower in the next few months.
Along side lengthy immigration lines, it’s likely we will all need specific documents to prove we are Covid free. Whether that be results from pre-travel tests, or proof of accommodation for quarantine purposes. It’s so important if you’re travelling internationally to check the Government guidelines for arrivals at the country you intend to visit.
Whilst hotels are doing everything physically possible to ensure their accommodation is safe and clean, there may well be a rise in people choosing private accommodation through sites such as AirBnB. Private accommodation naturally seems cleaner and safer compared to huge hotels which house hundreds if not thousands of visitors. Hotels will most definitely have to change their tact in order to keep visitors safe, happy and healthy.
I think it’s fair to say domestic travel will be come increasingly popular as the industry begins to recover. With many international borders still closed, and others implementing restrictions on high risk countries, domestic travel will be a major attraction for those wishing to get that summer holiday, celebrate that birthday, or just satisfy that travel bug.
Domestic tourism is a huge economic source for every country, so encouraging this form of tourism (when it’s safe to do so) will hugely help countries across the globe begin to recover from this Pandemic.
Flights are gonna feel different for a long time. Personal Protective Equipment and temperature checks will be essential for every traveller. Cleaning of an airplane will be more thorough, the way food is served will change (if it even continues), seating availability will be restricted. Will this make the price of airtravel more expensive? In the short-term, I reckon so.
This may well lead to a fall in airplane use, with many opting to hire cars in order to social distance as often as possible. It’s safe to say the way we move around the world will be different, and I for one am intrigued to see what the aviation industry will bring to the table in order to ensure public and employee safety.
So whilst the travel industry will take a while to get back on its feet and feel like ‘normal’ again, one day we will be able to get on that plane and continue those trips we’ve put on hold.
And this is such a great opportunity to rediscover your home country, visit new places, or even discover what’s right on your doorstep. It’s an opportunity to support your own country’s economy, local businesses and tourism industry that will one day become a bustling industry again.
Stay safe, follow your Government’s guidelines, and when it’s safe to do so… travel often.