Wanderlust. Globetrotter. Fernweh. Solivagant. Safarnama – these and many such words elucidate just one thing. TRAVELLING.
How long till we hear the echo of these words in our ears again?
As the world comes to a standstill in the wake of Coronavirus, the tourism industry was among the first to be influenced and has dealt an extremely atrocious blow. Since then, travelling has not been the same.
Everything must change. The way we travel. The way we feel carefree in an unknown country. The way we experiment with new cuisines. The way we wait in queues to see the renowned attractions – even how we enter the airport. Travelling may get a brand new definition.
We are still stuck in a world dominated by the dreadful coronavirus, so we can only ponder the idea of packing our backpacks for yet another adventure. But when will travelling find its way back into our lives? What is the future of travelling? Such questions are simply impossible to answer now.
But as travel enthusiasts or travel addicts, who wait by their windows to see a passing plane every day, we think travelling will hit the reset button in the following ways
1. Essential Travel
Don’t think of giving up on your zoom calls, video conferencing, con-calls just yet or for a long period. You know what we are talking about. It won’t be a scenario, where we get up one day and everyone will be allowed to board the Boeing 787-9 right?
As the aviation industry slowly manoeuvres to spread its wings in the air again, it won’t be for our unforgettable vacations, but for Essential Travel only – for businesses from the fields of Science & Technology, Medicine, Politics to name a few.
2. Vocal for Local
India’s Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi recently introduced a mantra for the betterment of the nation to get through these daunting times. The mantra ‘Vocal for Local’ meaning ‘Less International, More Domestic’. Well, as travelling hits the play button again, it mostly likely seems that it will follow the new mantra and as a result, domestic travel will be much more encouraged than International travel either for businesses or for vacations. You can also hit the road!
PS: The golden age of cheap flight tickets might just be here, but are you brave enough to book them?
3. Three’s company
Say, hello to your new ‘Travelling BFFs’ that are going to cling to you for a long time to come, we are talking about – Sanitiser, Tissues & Masks or you could refer them as STM. Coming to the point, our lives are going to be entangled with this deadly virus as we are forced to adopt new habits.
You could be finding yourself strolling at the airport with your masks on, you could be sitting in a metro overflowing with people and as soon as you step out of it, you’ll snap the sanitizer out of your pockets to clean your hands, you could be entering movie theatres, beaches, restaurants, meetings with that mask on except this one won’t have any superpowers. But hey, we heard popular fashion brands are already making exquisite masks.
4. The Digital Life
You know how we are accustomed to waking up to multiple notifications everyday – ‘you’ve received a new email’, ‘your order has been shipped’, ‘it’s ‘XYZ’s birthday today, wish them’ and so on. Thus, we have completely embraced ‘the digital life’ and this addiction won’t find its way out of our lives in the near future.
Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, experts believe that technology will play a crucial role in our future travel plans, as minimum human touch will be endorsed. So, don’t be startled if you’re handed over (not literally) your electronic passports or IDs. Other than this, electronic boarding passes, hotel/hostels reservations, ticketing amongst other things that limits physical contact between people will largely find itself in the hands of technology. More options that require minimum touch will come into play. Well, we are already top players in the digital game. So bring it on.
You might have not like the sound of what lies in the future, but we assure you we are sailing in the same boat and our fellow passengers say that travel will resume again. We might not know when or how, it’s going to be a long recovery but when it strikes back, we will be those wandering souls again. Until then, stay home and be kind to each other.
We’re in this together.