Travel after COVID-19: How will things change?
Updated: Apr 19, 2020
I've been at home for 36 days now. The world has been on hold for months, as countries go into quarantine and some are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, easing up their measures. During this time, I've left my apartment only for some quick grocery runs. These are not even enjoyable because I'm wearing a mask and see myself keeping at a safe distance from people as if they're zombies that can detect I'm close by and will devour me.
I've been keeping busy with online classes, reading, indoor workouts and Bingo from our balconies with my neighbors every Friday. Fortunately I have been busy and not feeling anxious about staying at home, but I do think of that moment when I will be able to go out into the street again.
Can you think of the first place you want to visit? The first bite you want to have in a restaurant?
(Let's face it... Takeout is great but its not the same)
The New World
Thinking ahead, I also try to envision my future travels. How will they change?
I've been reading about the 'new world' we are supposed to head into. Wondering about the new habits that will be maintained, and the things that will just go back to the way they were before.
In terms of travel and leisure, given the time that the world has been suspended, it is not surprising to figure out that not everything will make it to that 'new world'. Airlines, Restaurants, Hotels, Attractions might close, or take such a hit that their recovery to full production will take some time.
In the foreseeable future, any travels made will most likely be to nearby locations, considering the progression of the virus and the ease of regulations in different places. Additionally, after staying inside for so long, as well as in cities, many will not be interested in traveling to densely populated areas, but will try to get a piece of what they've had less access to lately: Outdoors. I myself would love to be able to go to a beach, or hike a mountain as soon as I can, to breathe some fresh air and get some sun.
Hygiene and sanitation will become a more important time of daily life for many. Ideally we will all be more aware of the day to day cleaning of ourselves and our spaces. We will come up with new, creative ways to wash our hands, like this handwashing lyrics generator.
Of course, these are just predictions, and we will all have to wait for the final result. For now, the only thing we can do is stay safe and stay entertained! I invite you to read this article if you want to look at different ways to 'travel' during your Quarantine.