Traveling was hit tremendously by COVID 19 as most of the countries have closed their borders for all foreign travels. And even for some, local travel is restricted for leisure to be able to prevent the spread of this virus.
The answer of when will this pandemic end, is still something that no one can answer. We’re unsure when this will be over, so we should still be careful and travel with outmost care and precautions in order for us to not catch the virus.
3 permanent changes to post-pandemic travel to travel that COVID19 help bring about
1. Seeking quality over quantity
Many travelers have seen their savings rates increase due to working from home and spending less on outside activities. When travel opens again, travelers will likely put that budget toward higher quality experiences.
With everything that the pandemic has taught us so far, it is that quality is more important than quantity. Previously, travelers would definitely tire themselves to be able to see all or if not all, most of the travel destinations of that certain country.
Now, because we have realized the importance of quality and just enjoying whatever we have, travelers will invest more time on the quality of their travels. In a way that they will appreciate the scenery and just relax, breathe in and be amazed on the beauty of place.
2. Visiting Less Crowded Areas
Going to crowded, popular tourist spots is now considered to be taking more risk. Less crowded experiences will explode in popularity.
Back in 2019, where everything is normal, travelers would go to the most famous place in that area. Reason behind it? Obviously because it is where most people visit too! These places tend to be crowded, with minimal space and you can’t appreciate the beauty and serenity of it with all the people taking pictures and posing for their social media accounts.
But, due to the pandemic, and we are now masters in social distancing, we are now allergic to other people being near to us, or not within the 1 meter distance. Travelers often visit places that have less crowd in order to protect themselves from the virus. And even if the pandemic is over, tendency is we would still take those pre cautionary measures just to be sure.
Less crowd means more time to wander and take beautiful photos of the place. With a year of being at home and no where else to go, travelers would definitely want to capture every single moments and appreciate everything.
3. Everything that can be digital, will be digital
Exchanging objects between people is a virus transmission vector and where unnecessary, should be avoided. This means the physical stuff we touch, carry or interact with will be converted to toucheless digital forms where they are not already.
Bus, train and ferry tickets can all use digital means of ticket holding. Financial wallets and touchless payments make it easy to transfer money and pay bills. Restaurant menus can easily be pulled up on your phone with a scan of a QR code, and ordering done with out a waiter. Digital SIM cards and top up mean you avoid counter service and touching top up machines.
This pandemic has really revolutionized everyone’s thinking on the stuff that they use every day. And when it comes to traveling, since more and more people opt to transact online, travelers are now using eSIMs for international travel. Reason being is that, there is no physical sims (so no handing over of stuff= less interaction with other people), and these can be purchased and installed online!
The term “eSIM” simply means an embedded SIM card. There are no physical SIM cards involved and no physical swapping over required by you.
For now, the future of traveling after the pandemic may look different in a number of ways. People can expect to explore a world of face masks, physical distancing, closed businesses and two-week quarantines and even revolutionized digital transaction.