Ever since the pandemic has started, it has changed our lives in so many ways especially in the way we travel. And the big question facing the travel industry now, as it ramps up again, is how travel will change, when we’ll travel again, and what are the new travel rules under the new normal.

The new travel normal may mean a shift to vacation rentals over hotels, and driving rather than flying. While everything remains uncertain for now and it’s quite impossible to predict the future of travel, one thing is for sure—travel will change.

Below, we have listed seven most possible changes that we could face when traveling after pandemic.

1. Airports and ports will have more security and screening

airport screening

If you think that the pre-pandemic security checks and screenings at the airport and ports are strict already, then you must expect that these will be stricter soon. To ensure everyone’s safety, travelers may have to face new types of screenings to travel under new normal such as temperature checks and COVID-19 rapid tests, if needed.

2. Queues might be longer than the usual

travelers wearing masks and personal protective equipment at the airpport

One effect of the new travel rules is longer waiting games at the airport. Travelers might have to allot more time than before for security checks and screenings. 

3. Masks and PPEs required

travelers wearing masks at the airpport

Even when traveling is still not allowed during the pandemic, people are already required to wear face masks and personal protective equipment when going out to avoid getting or spreading the virus, and this rule will not be going away anytime soon. That being said, this will be the main rule to travel under new normal. Travelers will be required to wear face masks while the flight crew will have to wear PPEs. 

4. Airlines could be more expensive

empty airplane

One of the industries that were greatly hit by the pandemic is the airline industry. Their operations stopped for months as traveling was restricted. While some continued to operate amid the pandemic, they have blocked off some seats on planes or limited the number of tickets sold, hence resulting in drastically reduced numbers of passengers. Their practices over the past few months are likely to shape the future of flying. This could mean more expensive airfares.

5. Fewer crowds

asian traveler in a sunflower field

In order to practice social distancing, the local government units and private business owners will have to limit the capacity of visitors to iconic landmarks. Therefore, expect fewer crowds when touring, which could be a good thing because you can appreciate the destination’s beauty more without the crowd obstructing the view, and you wouldn’t have to rush to take a selfie at one corner because someone’s waiting for you. Another good thing about this is that countries will not have to battle with over tourism anymore. 

6. Road trips and any trips closer to home will be the new norm

girls on a road trip

Because traveling abroad is and will be a bit out of the picture for quite some time, road trips will be the answer to travel after pandemic. Long-distance trips will be put on a halt for now but traveling closer to home will be a trend. Hello, staycation! A perfect way to satisfy wanderlust!

7. Local travels will boom after the pandemic

asian traveler

Over the next year, we will see a boom in domestic travel. Many will go by recreational vehicles—that actually makes sense, given that one is a lot more self-contained. Some countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Japan, and the Philippines are thinking of implementing travel bubbles through which their citizens can travel after pandemic, even as borders remain closed, in the hopes that they can cross-promote their destinations to a shared audience as travelers crawl they way back out there. 

We don’t have to be daunted by the new travel rules as these will help us ensure our safety while feeding our wanderlust. Till we can travel again, stay safe! 🙂


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