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The current state of the world has had a massive impact on the travel industry over the last year.
As the world ground to a halt in 2020, travel for many was a dream on the horizon, something to look forward to but not a likely option for the foreseeable future.
Now, with a vaccination rollout in full swing and winter almost over, the world is beginning to open up for travelers again, and vacation plans have suddenly become a pressing matter.
More and more people are starting to feel more comfortable as time passes and many are starting to plan ahead cruise and summer vacations.
But before you start making any plans, let’s take a quick look at what travel will look like in 2021 and the foreseeable future.
Below, you’ll find a brief breakdown of the various measures, mitigations, and precautions that the travel industry is taking to make domestic and international travel a reality once again.
Face masks are a pretty standard part of everyday life in most parts of the world these days, but they are an absolute must for almost every form of national and international travel.
Mandatory mask use is in place in airports, on planes, on buses, and in trains, and some airlines and travel companies are even providing masks for their passengers free of charge.
Additionally, from cabin crew to hotel concierge, those that work in the travel industry are wearing masks throughout their shifts without issue.
Many countries now require a negative test (either PCR or antigen) in order to enter the country.
In response to these requirements, the travel industry has taken significant steps to make access to testing more accessible to everyone.
Most high-end resorts now offer on-site testing and many airports and airlines are also offering rapid testing facilities as well.
Reduced Capacity Flights
Initially, some airlines responded to passenger concerns by cutting down the number of seats they sell on each flight.
That said, we’ve personally noticed that this is no longer the case for the majority of airlines.
While the high-efficiency air filters installed in cabins actually mean that the risk of infection during a flight is relatively low, cutting down the number of passengers and leaving spare seats between people is said to help with social distancing and adds another layer of protection for travelers.
Airports and travel terminals have taken steps to encourage and ensure appropriate social distancing for passengers in transit.
Reminders about spacing and social distancing are posted around terminals and travel hubs with stickers and signage on the floor that remind passengers to keep their distance from each other when possible.
Disinfecting and Cleaning Protocols
In almost every area of the travel industry, cleaning and disinfecting protocols have been taken to the next level.
Airports are cleaned even more regularly than before, and aircraft are thoroughly sanitized after every flight.
Sounds like common sense right?
Hotels have put enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols in place, with many chains applying a quality control certification procedure to give guests peace of mind.
High-touch surfaces in every corner of the travel industry are now regularly sanitized, while reception and check-in desks are also cleaned before and after every new traveler’s arrival.
Temperature checks are now a regular part of life in all corners of the world that have begun to open up, and the travel industry is no exception.
Travelers can expect to have their temperature taken when entering an airport, train station, bus terminal, boarding, entering a hotel, and even going in and out of shops, bars, and restaurants.
Curbside Car Rentals
Even the car rental industry has made significant changes, with curbside car rentals to avoid overcrowded offices now standard, and many operations moved centrally to limit physical locations.
As with most service industry operations, most activity now takes place online, something that is likely to remain a part of life in the future.
What’s your take on travel in the foreseeable future? Are you itching to travel or are you planning on staying put for now? Leave a comment below and let us know.