What Travelling would be like in post-COVID-19?

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I love waking up in the morning not knowing what's gonna happen or who I'm gonna meet, where I'm gonna wind up.

- Jack, Titanic

COVID-19 has overturn global travel and brought the world to a gridlock. For the first time in history, about 85% of the world’s population now lives in countries with travel restrictions. No industry will be left unaffected by corona virus and no industry is like to be more affected than travel. Most of the countries have measured tourism as a contributor to economic growth and is over accepted that year after year throughout the world a massive investment continues to stream in its development. Whenever there has been any major impact on the economy of any country, tourism has always been the first one to get strained as people start to cut down on their travel budgets first. However tourism relatively had a direct role to play when it comes to COVID-19 which has widely spread most in the countries with a high number of backpackers. While some continue to get engaged between work and travel, others have quit their regular 9-5 jobs. But for all of them, travelling is a part of their lives. As they fill up their blogs and social media accounts with stories and images of their adventures, this pandemic has brought their lives to a complete halt.

Tourism is part of normal life in almost all societies, especially in Asia & Europe. And people will be happy to travel again. To what extend they can afford it depends on how hard we are hit by the economic crisis that follows. But overall, there will be a lot of things to do.

Tourism is part of normal life in almost all societies, especially in Asia & Europe. And people will be happy to travel again. To what extend they can afford it depends on how hard we are hit by the economic crisis that follows. But overall, there will be a lot of things to do.

However, it is difficult to predict whether people will travel in exactly the same way as before or whether some will draw conclusions of their own. The current confab in the industry is more in the direction of quality-oriented tourism. Tour operators and their partners in the destination regions often utilize this time to make their  services more sustainable. There is also a certain willingness among backpackers to travel more sustainably in the future if costs permit. So, if there are favorable circumstances for the industry to redirect itself and change the face of future holiday products, it is now.

Airlines, tourism sector and the travel companies as a whole are among the most affected businesses. We will travel again, but not in a same style. Even if borders reopen, travellers must trust that boarding a plane is safe and that they will be fit to enter the destination country. New health safety protocols and systems will need to be in action, and these have yet to be defined. As governments and industry plan for recovery in this new context and adapt to changing traveller behaviour, the use of contact tracing and biometric technologies could restore trust while also ensuring a seamless journey. However these tools will only be effective if users feel that their data is protected.

When there will be full freedom to travel again?

I am afraid that we will only see the opening of borders for travel at the very end of the progressive return to normality. Perhaps here in Europe. But globally? We will probably first need a vaccine against the coronavirus or an effective treatment. The most immediate and perhaps most visible change required will be a shift to touchless travel from airport to hotel check-in. Even with strict sanitization protocols in place, exchanging travel documents and touching surfaces through check-in, security, border control, and boarding still represent a significant risk of infection fro both staff and travellers. Automation across the entire transport sector can prepare  the new form of tracking. Biometrics are already a widely acceptable solution for identity verification, but they are phased-out and we have to move on to new technology. Infrared cameras with computer vision technologies for rapid deployment at airports and subway stations to track individual with heat signature (fever). This allows staff to complete all body temperature screenings without close physical contact, thus reducing the chances of contagion.

Some national and local governments will redesign their tourism strategies to keep down crowds, keep more money in the local economy, and strengthen local regulations including those protecting the environment. Government-mandated quarantines on arrival or reentry could become the norm – making international travel out of reach for people with limited vacation time. And in general, travellers are much more likely to spring for health insurance, read the fine print of their travel policies, and pay close attention to WHO and Centres for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines as they plot their travels. It’s also too early for long-term predictions, but when the first travellers return to the skies, they will find measures that have become commonplace adapted to flying: reduced personal contact, enhanced sanitization, temperature checks, and social distancing.

Smart backpackers  will always trust places with good level of governance  and health systems. They will surely take fewer trips and stay longer in one region. They will see this pandemic as a forecast of what’s to come from the climate crisis and they will act like responsible citizens a s well as passionate travellers.

What are the tourism drift for the post COVID-19 era?

Testify yourself before travel

The first thing that every traveller need to do is to get yourself tested from authorized testing centres for the virus to ensure that you are not a potential carrier. Anyone flashing mild signs of illness and have difficulty in breathing showing that he/she is infected can’t travel. Besides that , if you are await on test result or came positive and you recovered from that condition, even then, you are not in line with the travelling requirements.

Always make sure that you have all the required paperwork to prove that you haven’t faced any illness that might implied that you were a carrier of virus. Have atleast the updated records from the past 2 weeks to help you get through the checks smoothly.

Must carry all required essentials

Make sure that you have all the necessary things that you need to ensure exceptional hygiene. Wear a pair of hand gloves, hand sanitizers and carry alcohol wipes, and remember that the face mask must to wear. Instead of coughing or sneezing carelessly, see that you cover your mouth with your sleeves. Take a bunch of toothpicks or matchsticks (locally easily available) along while travelling and use them to push buttons at ATMs and elevators.

Carefully dispose them after using once instead of carrying them for another use. And make sure that your devices and documents are in polybags while passing through security checks. Regularly use your alcohol sanitizer when you aren’t wearing gloves and avoid sharing. It would help to treat everyone, as a potential carrier to be more cautious with your control while travelling.

Prefer to travel locally

The prohibitions on international travel and the feeling of insecurity associated with airports and hotels will gear tourism towards the domestic market. Unknown national locations will likely increase exposure to more people, and less frequently visited destinations may blessed from the demand for less crowded places. Theme parks, museums and iconic landmarks are known for drawing attention, crowds in these places are expected to be much smaller and more controlled and people have to prefer this.

Follow Social Distancing

Travel privacy will be much more important. The fear of proximity between people and the need to avoid crowded spaced will play an important role. Museums, festivals, shows, pubs and nightclubs will predictably be affected by this new reality. One can join these by following proper social distancing protocol and hygeinic precautions.

Prefer Road Trip

The concept of a road trip will become more common, as it appears the 4 trends already mentioned above. This is one of the best economical ways to tour the place on your own. Just grab a two-wheeler on rent by submitting an ID proof and set-off on the ultimate trip around different places. Whether by car, motorcycle or other means, discovering the country with total autonomy and flexibility may be a growing option after the restrictions are lifted.

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