When the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis started, most Americans never dreamed we’d be where we are today.
Sure, Americans were okay with not traveling to China and foregoing cruises for a little while…
… but as the virus continues to spread all over the world, the strictest travel restrictions in history have been enforced, leaving Americans fearful, confused, and stranded all around the world.
Level 4 – DO NOT TRAVEL
In fact, the State Department warned Americans overseas to come home now – or stay where you are indefinitely.
The problem is, many Americans are stranded in countries where the airports have already closed, giving them no options to return home!
With borders closing and limited flight capacities – not to mention travel uncertainty – many folks are panicked over what to do.
Private Companies Stepping Up
In Honduras, the border was closed leaving 144 Americans trapped with no way to return home.
Receiving no help from politicians, these 144 Americans turned to private security firm Global Guardian to rescue them.
Global Guardian’s CEO Dale Buckner revealed how his company was able to help them get home during these unprecedented times.
“I’ve never seen the world shut down at this scale, where airspace and borders are closed,” Buckner said in an interview. “This is unique, a black swan. So of course we, being in this business, are going to really ramp up.”
Global Guardian charged $1,324 per passenger — somewhat more than typical airfare for a one-way commercial flight from Honduras to the U.S., but less than the State Department is charging for its ongoing repatriation flights from Morocco. Buckner said they created a “financial waterfall” price model where the more seats they filled on the plane, the less each individual passenger would have to pay.”
During this unprecedented time, truly anything goes with travel.
We can expect to see private companies stepping in to fill the gaps that the government simply cannot fill.
Travel Across The U.S. – Practically Non Existent
Many Americans have already canceled their spring break and even summer travel plans.
Wanting to take an Amtrak train across the United States and see the country? Don’t count on it.
Even weekend day trips to New York City are canceled – NYC is a ghost town on lockdown and finds itself as one of the new epicenters of the coronavirus.
In Washington D.C., metro stations are closing stops to keep crowds from viewing the blooming cherry blossoms.
The streets of America once lined with curious travelers have become deserted and empty.
And the restrictions just keep coming!
Future Travel Will Never Be The Same
Many people are terrified about going on cruises, especially with recent reports that the coronavirus was found to live on surfaces for 17 days!
Will the cruise stigma ever be lifted? Time will tell.
In addition, folks are likely to give up their “quest to explore the world” due to fear of the unknown.
Airlines undoubtedly will get even more strict with travel and pass their “losses” onto weary travelers, after accepting likely bailouts from the government.
One thing is for certain, many future travelers will now purchase travel insurance after losing thousands of dollars on previously booked hotels and flights.
While some companies give full refunds, others aren’t so forgiving and may give a credit (with fees) at best, or nothing, at worst.
COVID-19 has disrupted travel as we know it, but God willing we’ll all pull out of this with a greater appreciation for our former ability to travel freely and experience the world.
In the meantime, if you’re stuck inside, consider checking out our tips on how to travel virtually.
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