How The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Affected Travel
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How The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Affected Travel

Travel is a great way to get away from it all! People often enjoy going to new destinations and trying new things. It opens our eyes to a larger world around us. The memories and experiences that we come away with are priceless.

The travel industry has been significantly impacted by the Coroniavirus pandemic. Traveling and COVID-19 seem to be polar opposites, as many states and countries have effectively banned or discouraged most travel except for essential workers and here to reading COVID-19 traveling advise by WHO

Here are some of the most obvious ways that the travel industry has been affected:

Gas prices are down

Gas and oil are now at their lowest prices in years. People are encouraged to only travel for work or to purchase necessities, which creates less demand. Prices will probably continue to drop until shelter in place and stay at home orders are removed around the country and around the globe.

How The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Affected Travel

Airfares haven’t been this low in years

Another advantage for consumers is that airfares have also decreased. Fewer people are traveling, so airlines need to recoup their losses by offering fares at rates that people are willing to pay. The problem with this is the fact that most people are limited to where they can travel to according to the quarantine orders imposed by their respective governing more traveling tips at

Hotels and motels are mostly empty

Hotels, motels AirBnBs and other lodging services have also felt the economic impact of COVID-19. People for the most part have been instructed to limit their travels to local places and required travel. Most of us have been more focused on necessities and have been postponine travel plans, so hotels have fewer bookings and reservations. Even walk-up or last minute reservations have declined.

Cruises have been put on hold

Taking a cruise is a popular vacation option every year. Thousands of people spend a week or more on a cruise ship headed to far-off destinations. However, not many people are planning on going on cruises for the next several months or more. People either aren’t able to travel for recreation or simply don’t have the interest in taking a cruise right now.

People have fewer places to go

Stay at home orders have effectively closed many companies across the globe. National parks, concert venues, zoos and aquariums, art galleries, museums, sports arenas, bookstores, shopping centers and malls, nail salons, barbers and hairstylists, movie theaters, bars, restaurants (except for drive-through and take-out orders) and many other kinds of businesses have been temporarily deemed as “non-essential.” This leaves very few places for people to go when they’re not working.

Travel agents have more time on their hands

Travel agents, tourism bureaus and other related businesses are also struggling. People have less reasons to travel and less disposable income to spend on travel, which leaves people working in these industries with a lot more free time than anticipated. People are reluctant to book trips, because they really don’t know when they’ll be able to travel again.

Passport and state identification card requests can’t be fulfilled

Most people who want to travel somewhere far away have to wait until restrictions are lifted. If they need to get or renew their passport or state ID cards in order to travel, they’ll have to wait even longer because many state and local government agencies offering these services are currently closed. There will undoubtedly be a backlog or an extended waiting period for such requests to be fulfilled once these services resume again.

Companies dependent on travel and tourism income will undoubtedly take six to twelve months or longer to recover. Government restrictions on travel in most areas probably won’t be lifted until late spring at the earliest. Millions of people are currently out of work, focused on staying healthy during their time working at home or worrying about loved ones who have been diagnosed with the Coronavirus.

Fortunately, COVID-19 is treatable in many cases. It will take some time for people to recover and companies to re-open. It will also take a while for people who were furloughed or laid off during the pandemic to save enough to be able to afford to travel. The economy will recover eventually. People have been adjusting to the new normal, but most of us are already looking forward to the days again when we can take that road trip, flight or cruise to places that we love and destinations that we’ve never seen in person before.