The return of travelers to the friendly skies will likely be slow. Many people plan to wait at least two months before booking another flight, while others plan to wait at least six months. One thing is clear however, after being cooped up for so long, we all are itching to get away, but when we do, we’re going to face a very different experience.
1. Airport Regulations
Airports have never been anyone’s favorite part of the travel equation, but new regulations will make the check-in process even longer and even less-friendly. Travelers may find that flight attendants are masked, gowned and gloved. Social distancing on the plane will be impossible due to seat layout but easy if travelers are hesitant to get back on the proverbial horse. Some experts recommend removing the middle seat to avoid contact.
2. Destination Differences
There are many concerns that international travel will be severely curtailed as COVID-19 restrictions become a regular part of our lives. Once someone has been determined to show antibodies and demonstrates some natural protection against the virus, they may be able to provide that data with their passport. However, as reinfection is still a worry, this classification is questionable.
One of the big worries with this virus is the risk of getting sick once you’re far away from home. Additionally, international travelers would be wise to worry about language limitations. Experts suggest that these factors could lead to multiple outcomes. First of all, many travelers may choose to seek out adventures a bit closer to home. Staycations and short trips to venues close to home and work may be a safer bet than a long, extended trip over all.
Secondly, those who do plan to travel internationally will likely want to do a bit more homework. In addition to seeking out their hotel, restaurants and entertainment venues, travelers will need to review local medical services. Some travelers may even choose to put more time and effort into learning the language at their intended destination.
4. More Expensive
Airlines won’t be able to sell every seat, so ticket prices will go up. Restaurants will cut back on buffets, so food will cost more off the menu. Hotels will have to put more resources into disinfecting, so overnights will cost more. No matter how long we wait, travel will likely cost much more once we’re ready to venture back out into the world.
The airline and hotel industries are not hopeful about a post-COVID-19 travel spike. Unless a vaccine can be found and quickly offered around the world, this virus will keep us carefully considering every trip away from home for the next several years. If you get the illness and blood tests indicate antibodies, be ready to demonstrate this. If and when a vaccine becomes available, you can probably get this stamp on your passport.
Are you planning a staycation when the quarantine ends?