It’s been a year since people have been able to travel the world freely. Through no one’s fault, the pandemic has kept most indoors, and lockdowns have also stopped people from traveling to other places. It’s an ugly effect of the lockdown orders to stop the spread of the virus, but it’s also a necessary one.
There’s a certain excitement in finding yourself in a new place. You’re fueled by the chance to know a new culture, discover new things about a place you’ve previously only seen in the books, and savor the richness of the food and the people in that place. It’s definitely something to look forward to after the pandemic, too; many a traveler would agree that they’ve seen enough of the four corners of their home.
Before you start looking for roping and trailer supplies to help you tie down your precious cargo, hold your horses; there are still vaccinations that should take place. After that, take a look at how travel might transform and some destinations you might want to visit as soon as you can.
Travel will change by a lot
There’s a scar that travels unemployment leaves and it isn’t easily erased. The current collapse of global travel will feel those scars, and this will also bring long-term changes — needed or otherwise — to an international movement, whether the passengers are seeking leisure or are traveling for business.
Travel will slowly open, with experts looking at a slow pace of reopening. They expect that priority could be given to travelers who are pre-screened and are already vaccinated, as well as those countries who are slowly reopening their borders.
As for the general state of travel, it’s more likely that it could return to “normal” in a year or two. It also depends on whether the vaccines being deployed have already been inoculated to a wider segment of the global population.
The future arrived quickly because of the pandemic
If you’re one of those who love following technology year after year, you must have noticed how much it’s managed to evolve in such a short span of time. Executives and employees alike have found themselves talking to their colleagues using video messaging apps. It’s no different from that tech that used to exist only in cartoons and movies.
While it may not be a direct influence of the pandemic, the situation has forced technology to evolve and adapt. What used to be a technology still in development is now being widely used. There’s no turning back and, as it appears, the “new normal” is more of the future arriving some years early.
Travel might become affected further by the pandemic
The direct impact of the virus on people cannot be ignored as it’s impacted their general health and livelihood. People aren’t the only ones who’ll get affected by the pandemic; it’s also expected that travel will experience a huge blow, particularly with the pricing.
Business after business is trying to get back. The problem is how the trends governing them will be different and for the worse, some insiders expect. They see higher prices for traveling and that’s not going to be of huge help for an industry that’s trying to get back on its feet.
Possible travel destination: Greece
If and when travel resumes, travelers might seek warmer waters and a simpler lifestyle. It’s expected that Santorini, the Greek island paradise, might be on the lists of many locked in isolation. The country has also been at the forefront of fighting the pandemic, with the government managing to flatten the curve already.
While the influx of tourists might be a concern, the authorities may very well be prepared for that. Pre-screening and accepting only vaccinated tourists might help the Greek territory’s tourism bounce back.
Possible travel destination: Road Trip
One of the most efficient ways to travel is to go on the road. During the time of the pandemic, it’s also the safest since it’s only you and your fellow travelers in the vehicle. You can also practice proper social distancing when you go for stops during the trip.
Any destination is up for grabs, so long as you can plan properly for it. You can visit the various national parks in the country. Any city is up for grabs too. All you have to do is to practice safety protocols to travel under the new normal.
The new normal for travel and visiting places may require you to wear masks, but you shouldn’t bring along fears from the pandemic. When it’s safe to travel, go out and see the world, and see how things have changed.