If traveling is a hobby of yours, this might have been a tough year for you with COVID-19 wreaking havoc on the travel and tourism industry. While domestic travel has been possible, a lot of international travel has been stopped. And although things seem to be opening back up now, many people are still very apprehensive about traveling, especially to certain areas of the world or using certain forms of transportation.
Because things with travel are a lot different now than they were before COVID-19, you might be wondering how things will look and feel when you do finally take your first trip post-coronavirus. To help you prepare for this, here are three ways your travels will likely be different after COVID-19.
Travel May Become More Expensive
Before you even leave home for your trip, Hannah Sampson and Natalie B. Compton, contributors to the Washington Post, share that you’ll likely see that prices for your travel have risen.
Because there aren’t as many people traveling now, people in the travel and tourism industry will have to raise their prices in order to stay in business. Sadly, this means that people who struggled to afford traveling before COVID-19 might have an ever harder time now. But luckily, there are still going to be less expensive travel options that will help you scratch that itch without sinking you into debt or bankruptcy.
You’ll Deal With Less People
As was mentioned above, there will likely be far fewer people traveling for the foreseeable future. While this can cause travel to be more expensive, it can also have some positive impacts as well.
According to the BBC, because people are trying to remain socially distant, locales and attractions that used to draw big crowds will likely not be as busy as they have been. This means that, if you’re able to make it there with visitor caps and travel limitations, you may experience something much more private than was previously possible.
Travel Agents May Be More Necessary
In the last few decades, people have primarily booked their travel on their own using various websites, apps, and other databases. But with so much unknown surrounding travel now, Eric Rosen, a contributor to Travel and Leisure, shares that people may start using travel agents more to help with their accommodation.
Not only will travel agents know more about what’s going on in the world of travel and tourism, but they can also help you if you run into trouble with your reservations or itineraries while you’re traveling, which is becoming more common now.
If you’ve been wondering how COVID-19 will change things for you the next time you travel, consider using the information presented above to help you make any necessary adjustments.