There’s not question about it, the way we travel will change. But what will future travel look like? While in reality it has only been a few months since restrictions on people movement across the globe has been in place. Yet, for many free spirits it feels a lot longer.
International travel will take longer to get back into the air while airlines recover from mass cancellations and grounding their fleets. Airlines will be looking at revising their business models to adapt to the new world. Will this include removing the middle seat? We can expect to see an increase in airfares which will force travellers to carefully plan their trips. This could mean more quality trips rather than racing to clock up as many countries in a month as you can.
There will be a move towards travellers wanting to explore wide open spaces with clean, fresh air and the freedom to explore at their own pace. We have already seen an increase in local travel as people start to explore their own backyard. This is a time to appreciate the beauty and history of our own State or country which we put off for an adventure further afield.
Road trips across country will become the popular choice. Travelling by road cuts down on the time you have to sit around in airports, on flights, transferring to accommodation before you even begin to relax. When you travel by road, your holiday begins almost immediately.
The breakfast buffet you look forward to each morning in your hotel will no doubt change. No more would hotels set out food along a bench for lines of tourists to walk passed, grab, lean against and even breathe over. It may bring back the sit down breakfast where you order at your table and have breakfast delivered.
Large group tours may be a thing of the past as tour companies embrace the trend of the small group, unique travel experience. You have seen the long line of zombie like tourists, half tired, shuffling passed important monuments without really noticing them. Banishing large groups led by an umbrella passed busy tourist attractions is surely not a bad thing.
As restaurants and bars open up for business again, there is more awareness of spreading out and not trying to cram as many people together in a room. Spaced out tables and physical distance has its merits.
While there will be a lot of uncertainty as we move through uncharted waters, overall, the past few months have made us realise how much we take the world around us for granted.
The future of travel is slow travel where we will travel with purpose and mindfulness, not haste.