We’re all getting used to wearing masks, using hand sanitizer, and standing at least 1 meter apart. One industry that is hoping a ‘new normal’ can breathe life back into their livelihoods is the world of travel.
Staycations have grown in popularity, which is great for the UK economy. But with tourism worth billions for countries across the globe, it is important that people are still able to see travelling abroad as a viable and safe option during unpredictable times.
In this article, we are going to discuss what the future of holidays may look like today, tomorrow, and in a post-pandemic world, as global economies get to grips with recovering from nearly a year of lockdowns and closures.
The Future Of Holidays In A Post-Pandemic World
Tests and Quarantine
The safety of people is paramount when you consider how wildly the virus can spread. We have seen the devastation it can cause without the correct measures in place.
We know the ability to travel abroad hinges on the health of the passenger and the health of the country. This is because of infection rates, especially spikes that raise alarm bells for governments and medical professionals.
The UK’s travel corridors are a way of working out which countries are deemed safe to travel to. We’re in a situation where you could be in a country one night and everything is okay, to waking up and finding out you’ll need to quarantine for 14-days on your return.
It’s the world we live in right now. Economies need to support each other. But, at the same time, it has to be a case of common sense over “cash is king”. We’re likely to be in a position for quite some time when the rules change overnight. Hopefully, it doesn’t completely deter people from booking holidays and visiting new places. That said, hopefully, you respect social distancing and other measures put in place by the country you call your own for a week or two.
Socially Distanced Accommodation
Choosing where to stay when you go on holiday isn’t just about the room you’ll sleep in. Food, drink, entertainment, and the fact it’s going to be full can play on your mind more than the thickness of the duvet.
But during and even for a short time after the global pandemic, a secluded area could be the ideal way to avoid busy pool areas and hungry holiday goers at the buffet. Villas and private apartments can offer luxury, sun, and the all-important peace of mind that you’re able to spend time in a family bubble while socially distancing in the more vibrant areas of popular destinations.
Rise in Wellness Retreats
Lockdown has given people more time to think and more opportunity to realize what is important for them. We’ve seen the rise of home workouts with the likes of Joe Wicks, and now we’re potentially heading for a rise in wellness retreats, where seclusion and safety is the order of the day. Bali and China are home to some of the most beautiful wellness retreats in the world such as the Sangha Retreat in Yangcheng Island, Suzhou the perfect place to seek self-clarity and serenity. Such is the beauty of this retreat, especially that you’ll be Googling how to complete a Chinese visa application once you check out the website.
It’s easy to speculate about the future of travelling abroad and what a post-pandemic—or even a current pandemic holiday—looks like. But it’s important to remember that the travel, tourism, and cultural tourism industries have been hit hard by the virus. The fact a future can even be talked about is positive. However, the hope is that it doesn’t just remain talk and that we continue to move forward with the new normal and the new way to go on holiday.
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Who is the author?
Thomas Bradley is a copywriter at Visa Genie. He has over seven years’ communications and copywriting experience, having previously worked in the financial services sector and car industry.