Despite international travel being ground to a halt and the tourism industry currently at a standstill, the world will start moving again. But what will the new-age of travel look like?
No-one knows when, but travel will get back on track once the all-clear has been given and the world starts to emerge from the coronavirus crisis.
As the world sits and waits, destinations across the globe are devising aggressive post-COVID-19 recovery plans to revive economies. Tourism stimulation packages will play a huge role in these plans, especially in countries heavily reliant on the industry.
How will people travel after coronavirus?
The first wave of travel will undoubtedly come from adventurous travellers itching to reboot their globe-trotting plans. Business travel will also drive the tourism revival.
However, for the majority, travel will understandably initially be tainted with fear. This will see people test the water with domestic travel, with staycations and getaways close to home popular options.
Battered global economies will also lead to shrinking vacation time, with the traditional two-week holiday replaced by shorter breaks and long weekends away.
As confidence is regained, regional travel will be the next segment to take off as people venture a little further afield. Long-haul travel will follow suit, with travel experts predicting remote destinations, rural escapes and deserted tropical island getaways proving popular.
How to travel safely after coronavirus
The way we travel after the coronavirus will change. Safety will be at the top of travellers’ minds and precautions picked up during the coronavirus will continue to be carried out.
When travelling, regular hand washing is a must, as is regular hand sanitising. Maintaining social distance and large crowds in airports and other transport hubs are other practices expected to be maintained.
Experts also predict a rise in alternative ways to travel. For example, chartering private planes and helicopters, especially for shorter distances and transfers. This avoids sharing busy aeroplanes, buses and boats, as well as skipping crowded transit time at airports.
Choosing solid travel insurance is another important element in post-coronavirus travel. Read all the fine print to see what is and is not covered, and make sure it includes emergency medical coverage, as well as emergency medical transportation coverage.
“Cancel for any reason” policies exist, but cost about 40 percent more than average insurances.
Post-coronavirus travel trends and chartered flights
Travel experts predict remote and off-the-beaten track destinations will be popular as travellers seek to avoid crowds. This makes the smattering of idyllic tropical islands that dot Asia ideal holiday spots.
Also blessed with a stunning collection of private islands and exclusive boutique resorts, sprawling national parks, rugged mountains and stacks of secluded spots, the region is home to seemingly endless options to escape the crowds and relax in a tranquil paradise.
And there is no shortage of options for those wanting private transport, with a range of helicopters and planes to charter available across the region.