We can travel again, but
nothing is the same as we were used to
The new normal” in traveling that COVID 19 has established is a fact.
The ‘time out’ of flights has given us time to think and adapt.
And not only on air travel but also on boats or buses and trains.
The use of a hygienic mask is necessary, the distances between us are increased, and the available seats are reduced.
Recent surveys from sources like the Global Business Travel Association and a new BVK survey focusing on U.S. travelers’ recovery preferences show that travel’s “new normal” won’t look like anything we’ve seen before.
Americans have demonstrated they are willing to take some risks to regain their liberty. The right to go where you want, when you want, for whatever reason you want, is very high on the list of privileges we want back. The demand will be there, and it will increase over time
Given all the above conditions, how can travelers plan so they can make their travel lives easier?
- Think international trip as a premium one. Realize that you may have to pay for documentation over and above what you usually pay for to prove your state of health or immunization.
- Use your miles wisely. Airlines are reaching out to their elite status holders and ensuring that they know their miles will not expire prematurely.
- Get used to traveling with an agent. A valid travel agent will get you the most flexible arrangements available, and you may need them.
- Postpone multi-generational trip until after a vaccine is available. The risk of traveling with over 60 individuals is high and even more, where children and parents are also included.
- Consider paying for flexibility. Do not purchase any products, seats, tours, or hotel rooms that you cannot get a partial refund in case of pandemic shutdowns.
- Choose to travel to destinations where you have contacts or family with whom you can stay in case of a shutdown. The recent experiences of thousands of people who ended up with overextended vacations are proof. If you have family or friends in a given destination, you may be able to stay with them instead of a hotel until you can find a way home.
- Organize your trip in advance. Spontaneous excursions from one day to the next can no longer fit into the ‘new normal.’ Organizing and planning will help you get to your destination safely and without delay.
Do not ever forget!
Don’t miss and never omit the one and only travel accessory, your health mask, and follow all the guidelines.
Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water or use a disinfectant, especially after coughing or sneezing, and before you touch and consume food.
See also the advice to incoming travelers to Greece provided by the General Secretariat for Civil Protection.