Travel, the luxury most of us took for granted up until March, has never felt more needed, with many of us desperate to swap the four walls that kept us safe in isolation for a sun kissed beach. The reality is that travel as we know it has changed for the foreseeable future. Gone are on a whim weekend breaks to European cities and nights in far-flung, cheap hostels. As we all come to terms with lengthy quarantines, health checks and levels of accommodation hygiene, things are likely to look pretty different when it comes to your annual leave.
The question is what does ‘travel freely’ mean in the new era, and are we all on board?
How will catching flights change?
In a bid to meet covid-19 regulations and make us feel safe when we jet off, most airlines have had to introduce major changes which are going to take some getting used to.
Expect temperature monitoring, time allocation slots for arriving at the airport to avoid large queues, social-distancing in all public places, including Duty Free and on transfers, plus a whole new level of cutting-edge technology.
In July and August, passengers will have to fill in forms outlining where they’ll be staying and how long they plan to visit countries in the EU. It’s flying, but not as you know it.
"Flying is possible right now, albeit the choice of routes is severely diminished and the freedoms on travel are also limited. Where you travel is going to be dependent on whether there is a flight to your desired destination and government restrictions at either end."
What are the new travel norms?
Outdoor, less populated environments
When we do start travelling abroad, it’s likely to be to places that make us feel safe and happy and, even though we were in isolation for so long, most people won’t be rushing back to busy, built-up spaces.
Self-drive holidays will experience a rise thanks to their perfect mix of freedom and isolation that’s so important right now. Being in control of your environment and able to adapt your plans on the go is a big bonus.
Self-catering holidays have never been more desirable, self-catering apartments and villas located on sandy beaches where families and groups of friends can come together for a safe, private holiday after being apart for so long.
Environmentally friendly holidays
During the great pause, when the sky was silent apart from bird song and we re-evaluated our blossom-filled local parks, many people rethought their impact on nature and consequently their travel practices.
As well as going green, travel has also got to be clean in this new era, so expect hygiene to be ramped up in resorts, hotels and rentals.
So, the future of travel looks cleaner, greener and, for a while at least, more isolated. Social distancing might put clubbing and holiday romances on hold for a while, but if we can order in food and wine during a sun-soaked self-catering villa this autumn, we can live with it. Bon voyage.
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