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The pandemic is something that has now been written into our history books and we will never forget the time that we have spent in and out of lockdowns and waiting to get back to normal. Even as the virus diminishes, we will all be dealing with the consequences for decades to come.
One of the industries that has been most affected by the pandemic has been the tourism industry. With planes grounded, borders slammed shut and cruise ships docked, no one has been moving around as much as they usually would. You might find that there have been manh businesses that have suffered the wrath of the pandemic, but the tourism industry has shifted the most. Below, we’ve put together a list of six ways the travel industry has changed since the pandemic last year.
- Staycations over vacations. There is a big influx of people traveling to areas close to their homes through the pandemic and it makes sense as to why. People aren’t able to travel abroad, so they’ve been staying local and discovering the world around them rather than the one half a globe away!
- Inclusive travel. Travel companies have been working tirelessly on more inclusive options, with hotels and restaurants doing all they can to make people feel comfortable no matter their race or sexuality. We’ve all been shouting loudly about the lack of inclusion on social media, and companies are taking notice! People of all types are being facilitated, and it’s wonderful to see!
- Road trips rule. Since the pandemic started, there have been more trails explored than ever before, with people avoiding the crowds and preferring to be in nature. Since the air and train travel has declined, people are heading to their cars and parking up to hike. It’s an amazing change!
- Patience for planning. More and more people have planned a vacation or staycation through lockdown than ever before, and that has led to people choosing a quality time away from their homes over a quantity of money spent and miles traveled. There is more patience in the planning of their vacations than ever, and people aren’t afraid to take their time to get it right.
- It’s all about hygiene. Everywhere you go: sanitize, mask, distance. Over and over, you’ll hear the same message while you’re traveling around the country. We’re now far more considerate of others who are unable to mask up or vaccinate, so we’re all stepping in and doing our part to take down the pandemic. We’re not afraid to sanitize and wear our masks, and we’re reminding our peers to do the same. This is another way that we’re making travel better for others.
- The lasting effects will never go away. The pandemic won’t be happening forever, but the habits of adding a mask and bringing the antibacterial wipes will last for a lot longer. People will be more patient with these new measures because we’re all going to see the differences that it makes to our daily life. It’s worth it to travel.