Travel during COVID-19: It’s all about road trips & exploring your backyard
Beach, hills, sunset, exotic food, wilderness, eating out — what used to be mainstream until four months ago has turned into a utopian fantasy, and will remain so for a long, long time. The COVID-19 pandemic has ripped through almost every country and changed our world. Nothing is normal anymore. The pandemic has decimated the travel industry, and the rampage is far from over.
The idea of travelling for fun has become preposterous. Since the pandemic has cut a swath through people’s daily lives, travellers have only indulged in armchair escapism — embarking on virtual trips globally, while remaining within the confines of their homes.
Shrouded in uncertainty
With so much uncertainty, many questions haunt travellers: When would they be able to plan their next holiday or a week under the sun? What would their next vacation look like? Can they ever travel fearlessly like they used to?
Though COVID-19 has suppressed people’s travel urges, their yearning for beautiful natural scenery has never stopped. So, when travel resumes, it would become a major turning point for many people, allowing them to go out and relax after months of being locked down within the confines of their homes.
Domestic travel, the key
However, even when travel restrictions are lifted, things may not be the same anymore. COVID-19 may redefine the way people travel.
Domestic travel market will bounce back the fastest. Most people will be wary of undertaking journeys to far-off places from where returning home will take a long time in case they happen to get infected. So, slowing down the pace to enjoy a trip will become the norm and rational thinking is likely to define the destination.
Don’t stray too far away from home
The proportion of people traveling closer to home and by car instead of opting for popular tourist sites or destinations, which would entail taking a flight or train and coming in contact with more people, is likely to rise. Short journeys will become the norm, and experiencing local cultures and customs may become increasingly popular. Cleanliness and hygiene of accommodations will be a top priority for travellers. High quality, instead of special rates or discounts, and countryside homestays will be the buzzwords that netizens are likely to search for.
Take advantage of long weekends
Once the contagion is completely reined in, the travel industry, in all probability, will rebound and scale new peaks, as cooped-up travellers step out again. However, nobody knows when that will happen. Till then plan to travel closer to your home, so that you can easily get back home the same day, or maybe a day later. Choose destinations where you can travel by your own car or bike. Plan several short trips, instead of that one annual big trip. Take advantage of long weekends and holidays.
It’s time to create a new travel bucket list — who knows a weekend picnic in your backyard may end up figuring high on that list!
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