The ongoing health crisis is not only one of the biggest crisis to the mankind but also has a profound impact on various fronts like tourism, work, finances and health etc. From disrupted business trips to cancelled holiday plans coronavirus has hit the travel industry worldwide hard. Travelling will not be the same post COVID-19. Tourists would still be cautious about the destinations they want to travel. Even if they are willing to travel they will take necessary safety precautions and will continue to observe social distancing rules. Such measures will eventually ease out but that does not mean that things will get back to the pre COVID-19 times. The dynamics of travelling will undergo a radical change in the coming days. In this blog we will be looking at travel trends that are likely to be followed around the world post COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the most immediate and visible changes will be a shift to touchless travel from airport to hotel check-ins. More touchless options will come into being like contactless fingerprint, document scanning, voice command, face and iris recognition. Furthermore touchless data-entry technology at airport security and hotel check-ins will define the post-Covid travel era.
The concept of road trips would become more common post COVID-19. Travelling in our own vehicles or with private-hire transport would be more attractive over air travel. One of the reasons for the boom in road trips is increased airfares. Travellers will be looking forward to the land travel as it is a cheaper alternative while staying safe in their personal vehicles that accommodate fewer people.
Affinity for Offbeat places
Post COVID-19 travellers would be looking for the offbeat destinations as these places are less visited by the tourists. National parks, beach resorts, wildlife reserves and campsites will be appealing destinations for vacationers seeking to practice social distancing while benefiting from time in the open air. Museums, festivals, shows and nightclubs are expected to be affected by this new reality.
There would be a shift from group travel to solo travel as COVID-19 calls for social distancing. Group tours would no longer be a preferred option. It is expected that people will now opt for free & easy independent travel. A rejuvenating solocation would be the immediate goal post-pandemic. Some of the best places for solo adventures are Ladakh (known for its serenity), Varakala (famous for laid back beaches), Hampi (architectural wonder in India), Puducherry (artsy vibe) and much more.
Health and wellness tourism
Over the next few months travellers are expected to have a heightened interest in health and well-being oriented destinations. For a lot of people COVID-19 has brought home the importance of a healthy lifestyle and a strong immune system. It is expected that travellers post COVID1-9 will seek out destinations with on-site wellness centres that enhance their health and wellbeing in a significant way. Some of the prominent wellness retreats are yoga retreats in Indonesia or detox and rejuvenation programmes in Thailand.
Domestic travel or staycation
The prohibitions on international travel and the feeling of insecurity associated with flights and airports will make tourism gear towards the domestic market. Local tourist attractions and leisure activities will see an uptick as tourists are expected to visit the place that are not too far from their homes. At least for the next 6-8 months vacationers would be more comfortable vacationing in their home countries rather than travelling abroad. It is expected that honeymoon and holiday traffic may stay within India which is surely a silver lining for domestic tourism.
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