We’re over it.
As many Americans enter their 8th week of mandatory, “safer at home” government-forced lockdowns, people are bouncing off the walls and longing to get back to travel as usual.
And once travel restrictions get lifted, the travel scene is bound to take on a whole new flavor.
Currently, COVID-19 has officially shut down the world.
From grounded planes to canceled spring break plans to ruined weddings and empty hotel rooms – everyone is feelin’ the loss.
And let’s not forget the nightmare horror stories of third party travel sites stealing people’s cash, or greedy airlines offering vouchers instead of giving money back, even though they just received billion-dollar bailouts.
But as crazy as the world is right now – people still want to travel.
And when they actually are allowed to do so again, things are bound to look drastically different.
Here’s a look at what’s in store for the future of travel.
It’s likely that the usually well-populated tourist hotspots won’t be so hopping this summer.
Instead, many Americans will look to take a vacation to a remote location.
The wealthy might consider jetting to a private island or resort to enjoy the perks of 24/7 room service and luxury.
Other travelers might simply choose to rent a cabin in the woods and take their family or group of friends out on a weekend hiking trip away from the world.
From vacationing to second homes to private beach rentals, it’s likely remote locations will see a peak in travel.
Not so much.
Yeah – some of us actually have to fly to do our jobs.
And while Zoom meetings are the current trend, they don’t replace a face-to-face conversation between a donor and the organization they’ve vowed to support.
Likewise, while virtual meetings and trainings can be helpful to keep projects rolling, they aren’t the same as holding live training or seminars where people can actually interact with one another.
Sure, communicating behind a screen may have been nice at first, but many Americans are longing to get back out there and do business the old-fashioned way.
And since so many events have been canceled or postponed due to closed venues and mandatory bans of large gatherings, we can expect fierce competition to reserve meeting rooms and buildings once things begin to open up.
With many Americans still cautious about social distancing, it’s still too early to tell if airlines will be the preferred method of transportation – and it’s likely many people will still feel too skittish to travel.
Instead of taking a 2-hour flight, family and friends might opt to hop in the car and drive the 7-8 hours to visit one another.
After all – a scenic drive across our beautiful country among the rolling hills and majestic lakes might be a welcomed and peaceful reprieve after a spring season trapped indoors.
And with summer on its way, groups of friends taking random road trips are bound to increase!
Travel Will Look Different
As Americans slowly get used to being in public again and start feeling more comfortable traveling, we can expect a travel boost.
However, it’s going to look strange at first.
It’s likely many people will still wear masks and be paranoid about being close to strangers.
Businesses have already started to adopt social-distancing guidelines with “sneeze shields” and tables to create distance between individuals.
And you can say goodbye to large buffets and open coffee bars.
Even with all the new safeguards in place, you can still expect to see less people.
In Vegas, new health and safety policies are imposing a 50% occupancy limit for each gaming area.
Beaches are mandating social distancing requirements, with many still banning groups larger than 10 and others insisting 6ft distance between beachgoers.
But Americans are resilient!
Some will still choose to stay home, but we can expect a wave of folks who are eager to travel hit the roads as soon as they’re able.
It will be interesting to see how things play out, but the creativity of Americans will surely find a way to adapt and thrive – even in a post-pandemic apocalypse.
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