At the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the transportation industry had been brought to its knees. Everywhere around the world, the scene was the same. Airport terminals were abandoned, train stations empty and buses parked. Humans have proven to be quite the resilient species though. Thanks to the advice of health authorities, measures have been put in place that has allowed people to move. There is also word that vaccines have been manufactured and ready to be distributed. Slowly by slowly, things are looking up.
However, people have not forgotten. There is a certain level of fear and anxiety involved. Some of that trauma will inform how people move from place A to B in the future.
Cruise ships have been one of the popular means of going on holiday. Tourists would spend months on sea, sailing from one country to another enjoying the different cultures. Cruise lines have been badly hit with the virus. The thought of being in close quarters with one another in confined quarters has led to many companies canceling bookings.
As economies revive, cruise companies will try to convince customers of initiatives and protocols in place. However, we doubt if many will be assured of being onboard a floating disaster waiting to happen.
Let’s get on the road
One of the measures put forth by health organizations and authorities is with regards to touching surfaces. While one might be cautious of surfaces and constantly sanitizing, that is not a full-proof plan. Families might start considering doing more road trips across state lines instead of flying abroad. A road trip is a feasible alternative since it reduces risk and exposure to the virus.
National parks and camping sites in the country will experience an increase in visitation rates as people consider local alternatives over flying across international borders.
The use of travel advisors and agents
Before the pandemic, planning for a trip was neither here nor there. As long as you knew your destination, all you had to do was a book for accommodation beforehand and you were good to go. That will be no longer the case.
It has been observed that the pandemic attacks in waves, hitting countries differently. Travel agents who have in-depth knowledge of the health situation of a country might be approached to provide counsel. Booking through a travel agent might also give you a level of protection if you need to change your destination country at the last minute.
The wearing of masks
Even after the release and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, the wearing of masks will be the norm. All public transportation modes will require passengers to wear masks at all times. Vaccination is not a reason for the abandonment of health measures and protocols. We must remember that COVID-19 is still a novel disease. And under its evolving nature, it will be prudent for passengers to keep safe and protect themselves and their neighbors.