From travel 'bubbles' to standardised cleaning protocols and 'covid-free' hotels, this is the future of travel
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world as we know it, and the way we will travel and take holidays will be no exception.
Face masks, hand sanitisers and social distancing, which have fast become part of our daily norm, will be just as prominent in travel. But also expect health screening, 'covid-free' hotels and travel 'bubbles' between nations.
Ulf Sonntag, Associate Director at Institute Tourism Research Europe predicts travellers will have to be flexible, as the rules will rapidly change and adapt the more we learn about coronavirus.
For an industry that contributes to 10% of the world's GDP, CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council, Gloria Guevara stresses that government support and inter-government collaboration is crucial for its recovery.
But could this pause provide a moment for reflection in an industry where popular sites find themselves crippled by over tourism during peak times?
Aukje van Gerven, Operations Manager at The European Safari Company thinks this pandemic could accelerate travel trends like sustainable tourism which were already on the rise.
Watch the video to find out what coronavirus means for the future of travel.
*Article featured in The Telegraph,7 May 2020. By Marnie Gill.
At the European Safari Company, we invite you to consider a more thoughtful approach to travel. There’s an authentic connection that comes with a place when we take the time to understand its people, culture and natural beauty in a meaningful way. This can’t be achieved with superficial fast itineraries or by hopping around in several countries in a week's time.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this might mean taking one or two sustainable nature based trips per year instead of packing in several short ones to already overcrowded places, and be thoughtful of how and where we travel.
Aukje van Gerven, Operations Manager of The European Safari Company, says: 'I think travel into our own backyards will recover first and for many people that live in European countries, that means taking a train might be an option. Trains are less crowded and also are much more environmentally friendly. Once the lockdowns we now see in Europe are lifted, I predict people will think twice before they decide to travel via a crowded airport, join a tour bus with 40 other people, or visit countries that do have different health and safety standards'.
Do we then better not travel at all anymore? We feel that's too short sighted: travel has the potential to benefit us all. When we travel in a meaningful way, we gain understanding and develop greater empathy for people outside of our immediate surroundings. Travel can give us the perspective we need to care about natural spaces, and of the local communities and wildlife that are allowed to prosper when sustainable nature based tourism is in place.