Some countries affected by the coronavirus pandemic have ease travel restriction gradually followed by new policies and guidelines to stay safe. Those new policies and regulations have resulted in some changes to the travel habit. Many experts predicted that the travel will be different in the future even after the pandemic ends. It is because the global pandemic has opened our eyes to be more aware of many factors in taking safe travel. Travel companies, airlines, and hotels have adapted to the new changes and follow the guidelines provided by authorities.
Long term changes in travel
The global travel has experienced major collapsed and can be considered as one of the biggest in history. The pandemic has brought long term changes to the patterns of travel both for business and leisure purpose. Even after the pandemic ends, it is predicted that the changes will stay. Experiencing normal travel like we used to have before pandemic seems to be impossible. Even the way we are going to live and socialize is going to follow the ‘new normal’ rules. It has and will affect the future of travel as well.
Travelling cross countries heavily depends on the situation
Some countries may have fast or slow recovery and it will also affect the structure of travel globally. Many people may opt to stay at home after experiencing and getting used to the new policies due to the pandemic. Travelers who have enjoyed traveling in their safe zones will stick to it. Countries who have affected severely by the pandemic will implement stricter rules to reorganize their travel structure. There will be global restructure to the travel that affect people around the world.
The Coronavirus pushes travel technologies faster
The global pandemic has forced us to move fast-forward into the future. Two-three months ago, you would not have been convinced to watch a virtual tour or conducting meeting over Zoom or Skype. You might have still stick to the conventional ways. However, global pandemic has forced us to get used to more advanced technology and modern way of living. Many consider that we move too early o quickly into the future.
Development on VR technology
Virtual tour using VR technology has increased in popularity due to the travel restrictions around the world. Virtual reality or VR technology is not something new. However, it was still in the process of introduction before the pandemic. Now, people know about it and start to enjoy because it can be entertaining as well especially during pandemic. Virtual tour is predicted to stay even after pandemic ends. Many also believe that there will be upgrades in virtual tour where people can have better virtual tour experience using even more advanced technology.
It Will have Positive Effects, Eventually
Despite of the predictions of some changes to happen to the travel structure in the future, hopefully it will bring positive effects. Some changes to the travel structure is already happening. Hotels upgrading their cleaning policies, airlines increasing their security level, restaurants enhancing sanitization, etc. Hopefully, the changes to travel can reduce inefficiencies and inconsistencies. Thus, we will only have better travel experience through new policies and procedures.