Whether the coronavirus pandemic lasts only six months or spans ten years, our lifestyle is already irrevocably altered - personally and professionally. We are all confined in our homes and have to adhere to social distancing outdoors and in public spaces.
What is the expected outcome for COVID-19? Will we have a working vaccine? It's possible. Maybe there won't be a vaccine either. We will have to adapt. But at some point, the virus will wilt. And we're going to move on. It is human nature and somewhere down the road, it will be pretty cheerful.
This generation has never faced an enemy like the Covid-19. No one has all the answers. The shock wave caused by the Coronavirus is significant in all areas, both socially and economically. So, we observed and studied what the experts think not only about the flight but road travel.
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Sign on the beach of Hersonissos in Crete, indicating distances to other cities in the world.
What to expect when traveling:
Here are 7 conditions to possibly expect:
We will no longer travel as freely as before
The tourism industry will come out quite shaken after Covid-19 as will travelers. The industry has already gone through crises before and in general, when there was a problem somewhere, the rest of the world worked in unison relatively well. In this case, the whole planet has been affected and tourist destinations are in precarious situations, almost everywhere. At the same time, people are being forced from work, with incomes diminishing.
Beyond the fact that we may no longer have the means to go on a trip, the question is: Will we want to? Will we also be comfortable attending festivals or large gatherings? Will we even be comfortable in an airplane, close to other people?
Most governments have (or will) establish restrictions at these gatherings and for traveling abroad. The return to normalcy may be extended, taking several years to bounce back to “normal”.
Travelers at Monterosso al Mare, one of the beautiful villages of Cinque Terre in Italy.
We’ll be more watched than ever
Geolocation of our data, surveillance by facial recognition cameras, tracking of our movements, etc: all of these risks will be more common in the coming years. The successes in the fight against contagion in South Korea and Taiwan, partly based on digital and geolocalized tracking of infected individuals, could well inspire other leaders to expand on these practices.
From a public health perspective, the ability to trace the interactions of individuals is essential. Using geolocation data to locate infected people and locate those who do not comply with containment measures is an option that most governments are not ruling out.
By taking into account that populations want to feel safe and secure, there is much to bet that more widespread uses of surveillance technologies for the benefit of public health will be commonplace.
The decline of the City Centre
The economic crisis due to Covid-19 will force companies to review their spending. Telecommuting and staff reductions mean businesses will reduce rental space and if you think your company will expense your trip for an annual meeting abroad, think again.
Telecommuting and teleconsultation will become widespread. Thousands of workers worldwide have had to adopt telework after containment measures have been put in place, in many cases, without any preparation. But many may well find their way in the end. When the situation returns to normal, it will be difficult for companies to justify that their employees cannot use it more frequently.
In general, managers are somewhat reluctant, fearing lower productivity of telecommuters - as they do not see them working. This creates doubt about whether they are doing enough or not. But if we manage to run the economy in this way for several months, this becomes a valid option.
There will certainly also be an increased interest in teleconferencing. We often think that it is not the same to meet on video as in person. Now that we are forced to use these tools, we will get used to it.
Work-from-home setup in a balcony in Morocco.
Investing in public health insurance
Public health insurance is not in fashion. It takes money without knowing exactly what is going to happen - or not. Except that in the short term, no government will want to welcome any traveler without valid public health insurance and a clean-health certification for cross-border travelers.
Funny New Rules
Barrier gestures, social distancing, washing your hands often, sneezing in your elbow, or all these terms or actions with which we learn to live today, will probably leave their mark tomorrow.
Also, do not be surprised if airlines refuse to serve food, even on long-distant flights.
The Search for Cleaner Air
Restoration of confidence will take time. Being comfortable around 500 people will feel strange, whether on a plane or visiting popular destinations where, not so long ago, we didn’t hesitate to have our photo taken to complement garnish our Instagram account.
In the same vein, it's a safe bet that road trips will be popular after COVID 19. The automobile is a safety bubble that allows us to enjoy the great outdoors safely.
Traveling at the Balearic islands, in Spain, with a camper van.
Expect Rising Costs
After a few months of complete shutdown, the tourism industry will be modified with new procedures and standards. The average cost of goods and services will also experience a sharp increase.
The price of air travel may skyrocket at the end of the crisis, despite a drop in fuel prices. This is because the airlines' health protocols will be reviewed in full. For consumer confidence to return, it will be necessary to demonstrate that each time an aircraft lands, it is sanitized. The plane will, therefore, spend more time on the ground, and it will be less profitable to operate, while the price of tickets will increase.
Additionally, there will most likely be extra incentives for airline staff as they will be quite vulnerable to contracting Covid-19 due to their jobs. In an enclosed aircraft space? They sure deserve whatever incentives they are given.
The picturesque village of Oia in Santorini, one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece.
In conclusion, we might encounter unfamiliar conditions when traveling after the coronavirus crisis but whatever be the case, in the end, we will be able to adapt to situations and evolve to become much stronger, better, and more interdependent.
Amelia Cooper is a full-time content marketing specialist. She has been closely following the travel industry trends for quite some time. She has dabbled in various domains before the travel industry but is currently focused on Travel roof rack accessories. On her days off, she likes to spend her time at the nearest animal shelter, lift weights or be nose deep in a novel.