What a roller coaster the past year has been! One minute you were making travel plans to ensure that 2020 would be a year of great adventure and travel experiences. The next minute, the government encourages you to stay indoors for your safety. Thankfully, after almost a year (and what felt like forever), it seems that the pandemic is starting to reach its end. However, it doesn’t mean things are going to be like they used to. One aspect that is bound to see significant changes is the travel industry. But how exactly would traveling experiences change during this much-awaited post Coronavirus period? Here are a few changes you can expect.
- Increase in domestic travel
It may take a while for many to feel comfortable to take long flights to holiday destinations. Luckily for airline companies, many travelers are taking international trips, even though their numbers are not high. This brings about the need to increase airfare ticket prices to cover the losses incurred. However, to be on the safe side, many people would choose to take this opportunity to explore their own country. They can do this via air or road. Road trips give travelers the chance to explore and bond. So, in case you plan on exploring Croton Gorge Park or camping with your family around Smoky Mountain, consider doing it road trip style.
- Smaller tourist crowds
Although restrictions have been eased, many travelers are still wary of the risks they would be exposing themselves and their families to if they are in crowded locations. In effect, there is a high chance that theme parks, museums, and other popular tourist attractions may see a minimal crowd turn up when they reopen. This is both good news and bad news for you. On the plus side, you can peacefully enjoy these locations without the hustle and bustle that comes with dealing with a crowd. You also get to experience safety, as the smaller groups make it easier for these tourist spots to implement the prescribed COVID-19 protocols. However, due to the smaller crowd turnout, many of these locations may have to increase prices to make up for arrears.
- Increase in the services of travel advisors
When planning your trips, you would usually do so through the management of a travel agency. The travel agents help you find accommodation, plan entertainment activities, book your airline tickets, and so on. Although you would still need travel agents’ services during the post-COVID-19 period, travel advisors would be even more vital. Due to their vast knowledge in the industry, travel advisors can offer professional traveling consultancy- which you would need in the post-COVID-19 travel scene. By partnering with a travel advisor, you would gain information on various countries’ rules concerning post-COVID-19 protocols, what to expect when you travel, and the various measures you need to take.
It is excellent news that we can return to achieving our travel plans, especially with the introduction of a vaccine. However, things would not be like they were before, so before you go out to carry out your travel plans, have these things in mind.