Future of travel after COVID-19 | gotravelyourself.com

Future of travel after COVID-19 | gotravelyourself.com

What is the future of travel after COVID-19? Since vaccination is an imminent reality and proverbial ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ is near, we can assume that global travel will rebound as soon as pandemic is over or at least when it is on a downwards spiral.

We can expect that global vaccination will be in full swing by end of June 2021 and that will be able to achieve some kind of immunity and to lower risk from COVID-19 infections. This means that summer in northern hemisphere will be again available for international travel for many passengers especially from Europe and northern America.

But, will it be that simple? Certainly not. COVID-19 was a global disaster which shook all our foundations — social, health, financial, economic, logistics, you name it, from its roots. And science is claiming that this is just one of many possible pandemic’s heading our way. Meaning that, another virus might resurface sooner than later. Not necessarily in a pandemic level but still. This is something to count on and consider when thinking about future travel.

The importance of travel

Having all above in mind, let’s see what is the future of travel after COVID-19.

Travelers will have to be better prepared

There will be boost in local tourism

Travelling might become more purposeful

New travel destinations will surface

This will change tourism landscape of many countries and it will give opportunity for some new regions to develop their tourism industry. It will be kind of disruptive innovation in the tourism sector and destination offers. This will certainly be an enormous opportunity with still ‘undiscovered’ countries, meaning countries not immediately considered as popular tourist destination.

Slovenia is not unknown, but still worth exploring and in the middle of Europe
Slovenia is not unknown, but still worth exploring and in the middle of Europe
Slovenia is not unknown, but still worth exploring and in the middle of Europe

RVs are already becoming more popular

RV (Motorhome) will certainly keep you isolated but very mobile.
RV (Motorhome) will certainly keep you isolated but very mobile.
RV (Motorhome) will certainly keep you isolated but very mobile.

Virtual tours will become a regular thing

As the improvement of technology and availability of software and platforms for creating virtual tours and 3D interactive sessions becomes more affordable, this trend might really take off. This will become a norm and the necessity for everybody in the tourism — airlines, hotels, museums, galleries, attractions will all have virtual tours so they can connect with future customers and visitors even before they decide to visit.

This might not be future of travel per se, but it will certainly help travel industry.

Will we become ‘better’ travelers?

Of course, there will be people who will want to travel and make the experience more purposeful and less invasive for the destination. This will also mean that travel experiences will cost more, so they will be affordable only to certain group of people.

Travel providers will need to change approach

For an example, airlines and their business model to fit as many passengers and as much cargo they possibly can in every single flight no matter what is turning back airlines from being travel providers to simple transportation companies. And they were trying to escape this definition for decades. Rethinking and reinventing travel services will be ongoing project for all levels of travel industry.

If air travel doesn’t become integral part of travel experience, this is just a ‘bus with wings’.
If air travel doesn’t become integral part of travel experience, this is just a ‘bus with wings’.
If air travel doesn’t become integral part of travel experience, this is just a ‘bus with wings’.

Hotels will have to fight not only disruptive competitors such is AirBnB, but also not to turn into simple dormitories but become integral to overall travel experiences instead. Top hotels are already doing that and offering incredible range of services, while hotels with less stars might need to adapt.

One of the opportunities might be going fully digital, where guest can fully customize his or her experience by going online and select amenities and arrangements for the stay. Some hotels already have these services and airlines as well (online check-in, selecting seat, custom meal, downloading inflight magazines, etc.).

Travel insurance might change a bit

Business travels might change as well

Many companies have saved millions on business travels during this year, while they were able to conduct business by working and meeting remotely, and this will most probably become trend in a future.

Speaking of working from home, commute travel might not make sense anymore in the future. This of course applies to professions which don’t depend on being physically present such as developers, customer service, online teachers, etc. There is already a trend of people moving out of the city centers and enjoying calmer environment with lower rent.

Conclusion

Originally published at https://gotravelyourself.com on December 10, 2020.