There’s no doubt that if you enjoy wandering the globe, you are just itching to get back to your journeys. I totally get it! I’m in the same boat, but what will travel after quarantine look like? Great question!
Although no one can predict for sure, I have been a part of a few Zoom meetups with freelancers, editors, and experts, and I’ve heard a few consistent trends that I’d love to share with you. So, sit back and get ready to start planning – even if it’s just mentally!
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Travel After Quarantine – What Will it Be Like?
Domestic travel will pick up first.
We all feel a bit safer close to home, and getting away while staying relatively near home base has its perks. You can avoid flights if you choose a place a few hours away. Plus, rules within a country will most likely be the same, so we will all probably be allowed to travel within our own locale.
As various places go through the pandemic at different times, the rules of where and when you can travel will all be different. It’s best to stay within your own borders. So, you may want to save that long trip or the European vacay until the very end of the year or even 2021 to be safe.
Think about traveling to nearby countries next.
After exploring your own country, maybe head to Canada and the Caribbean, but – oddly enough – probably not Central or South America right away. I’m not sure of the reasoning, but it could be the language difference making those countries feel further away. As US citizens, we share North America with Canada, so it seems natural to head north.
As far as the Caribbean, that is where folks from the United States tend to go on getaways. The proximity and easy access allow for that, so the blue water and soft sand may not be as far away timewise as you think.
Be aware of higher cleaning & prep standards.
Airbnb announced that they require 24 hours in between bookings, so when one guest leaves, another one can not return that same night. Hotels are upping their sanitation game across their brands.
The same goes for cruise lines, airlines, trains, busses, and any mode of sleeping arrangement or transportation you can imagine, which leads to my next point.
Prepare for higher rates & date competition.
Imagine what will happen if accommodations decide to leave rooms open for 24 hours in between guests. There has even been talk about cruise lines leaving rooms or sections open in case people need to quarantine during the journey. Planes may be leaving specific seats open on flights to lessen interactions between people.
All of this leads to fewer seats and rooms, and hotels and transportation services still need to make money. Less inventory could mean that you need to book even earlier to secure dates. Rate increases may be imposed to make up for funds lost due to empty beds or seats.
Families will want full rentals.
In order to keep close to the ones you love and have a bit of social distancing, families and close friends will seek out full rentals. Think huge beachfront homes, mountain cabins, and lakeside retreats.
A large rental may seem like a luxury – and it can be – but splitting the cost of a large home can be more economical than multiple hotel rooms.
Road trips will continue to be a favorite.
Your car – or rental – is a secure environment to control, so more people will take road trips to wander their way around. Plus, they are just fun trips for exploring at your pace.
Taking a road trip dovetails nicely with domestic travel as folks try to explore the areas that are a bit closer to home or within their own country.
Taking RV trips will pick up post-quarantine.
Renting an RV goes hand in hand with road trips, but campers and recreational vehicles are also a way that you can keep tabs on the cleanliness and sanitation of your mobile hotel room.
Whether you choose to drive around the country in your RV or treat it like an Airbnb that you park near a lake, having your own space that you can feel good about and keep germ-free is ideal.
Wide-open spaces are going to beckon.
We are all tired of being cooped up, so people will crave the great outdoors. Trips to National Parks, mountains, and other natural areas will give folks the space they need.
These areas also provide activities such as hiking, sightseeing, swimming, and climbing. Eco-friendly, sustainable, and zero waste travel will also continue to soar.
Masks will be the new norm.
I purchased a set of masks as a part of a buy/donate type of initiative. I bought them because it was a good cause, but I will also not be traveling on public transportation – planes especially – without a mask. What used to seem overprotective or an oddity will now become a standard for travel after quarantine.
Here are a few places donating masks if you purchase some yourself.
- Johnny Was – Their lovely patterns are $25 for 5, and they will donate a pack for each pack purchased.
- United by Blue – Made from salvaged fabric, these are 3 for $20, and they donate one mask to Philadelphia’s homeless for each pack purchased.
- For Days – Their buy 5/donate 5 program helps their local frontline workers in LA. The 5 pack is $25 and is made from recycled materials.
We will need to travel.
Just like small businesses, such as boutiques and restaurants, will need our help, so will the travel industry. So will the artists and musicians and hairdressers and – the list goes on. A plethora of businesses and their employees will be hurting, and that applies to destinations, hotels, and sites, too.
Post-quarantine travel is essential.
I know that we are all suffering right now, and we may not be in the financial position to help out. That is precisely where domestic travel can come in handy. It tends to be less expensive than traveling abroad, so if we are all traveling close to home, that can help us get away while infusing funds into places that have been closed for so long.
How soon will you travel?
That is definitely a tough question to answer, isn’t it? A lot depends on the restrictions of your state and how comfortable you feel getting out of your own town. If the idea of a road trip or heading a few towns or states over, explore your area with these tips on how to be a hometown traveler.
Be safe and stay well!