Road trips post COVID-19 pandemic
Updated: Jun 26, 2020
It is no secret that coronavirus has brought travel and tourism to a standstill. It is quite hard to imagine how anyone is going to go ahead with traveling with COVID-19 still very much present in our surroundings. The key factor that is affecting the whole crux of travel and tourism is the fear of the unknown. Everyone is feared of the uncertainty that lies in the future. However, traveling is not something that is going to come at a permanent halt, instead, it is going to come back stronger and better. This is a turning point in the travel and tourism industry, and anyone who is looking for a getaway after this lockdown needs to comply with certain sanitization measures and get used to the “New Normal”.
The safest way of traveling by adventure seekers after lockdown is going to be road trips, solely to avoid crowds, and to comply with social distancing norms. In fact, road trips are probably going to be the most preferred mode of travel once the coronavirus pandemic subsides a little, and domestic travel is going to witness a boom in its demand. Because of the current situation, people are a little hesitant, and a certain sense of uncertainty is looming over international flights or traveling by flights in general. Amidst the lockdown, people are more optimistic than ever, when it comes to their travel plans for the future, which sort of guarantees that there is going to be a certain spike in this industry. In order to adapt to the “New Normal”, road trips are going to emerge as one of the most common modes of travel, and arguably the safest too. Travelers would mostly be looking to visit those destinations which are a little isolated, solely to avoid crowds and to make sure the social distancing norms are followed properly.
Since road trips are going to emerge as the most popular mode of travel, we are a little intrigued to know how road trips are going to pan out once the lockdown gets lifted, and the threat of contracting the virus subsides a little. Here are a few ways by which one can go ahead on a road trip post lockdown-
1) Cars- Whenever you think of a road trip, the one thing that never fails to cross your mind is to travel by car to a destination of your choice. The easiest and the most popular way to travel long or short distances is to take the car out of your garage and go for a drive. However, with keeping the current situation in mind, there are certain precautionary measures to be taken while going on a road trip. Before starting your engine, make sure it is perfectly sanitized, and the hygienic measures are taken with utmost importance. It is highly advised to not make cash transactions at gas stations or at restaurants while traveling by road, for precautionary measures. The priority of every road trip now is to have a safe and hygienic environment, and we cannot stress this fact enough.
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2) Buses- Before the COVID-19 pandemic, buses were the perfect way to travel long distances at cheap costs. However, now buses might not be the most preferred mode of transport, due to hygienic measures, but for road trips, it is still one of the best modes of transports out there. Post COVID-19 pandemic, buses can still hold on to its reputation, if the necessary precautionary measures are taken with utmost importance and vigilance. After the effect of COVID-19 subsides a little, buses are going to be functioning on a reduced capacity, and that is a major measure taken by the bus authorities in order to ensure that bus traveling doesn’t see a dip, and people continue to travel by buses post COVID-19. Maintaining social distancing while traveling by bus or any kind of vehicle goes without saying, along with carrying sanitizers and wearing masks which happens to be a must for a few years to come minimum.
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3) Bikes- Arguably the perfect way to cover long distances when there’s only two of you, is to travel by motorbikes. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, travelers were always keen on spontaneous plans to take out their bikes from the garage and go on a road trip to a hill station on a weekend. However, unfortunately, times have changed due to COVID-19 pandemic, and now before stepping out of your houses you have to think twice let alone going on a road trip to a hill station on a weekend. Going on a road trip via bikes is an experience like no other as the wind whizzes past you while traveling at a fast pace, if the certain hygienic measures are taken appropriately. Stopping at a gas station, or eating at a local eatery might not be the best decision, in current times but traveling on a bike will certainly never go out of fashion.
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4) Caravans- Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, travelers will be looking to be self-sufficient while traveling in every which way, and the most comfortable and ideal way to do that is to travel by caravans. In India, the concept of caravans is relatively new and tourists are not much aware of this beautiful piece of transport. However, we believe caravans are going to be the next big thing when it comes to safe road travels, as it is right about the perfect mode of transport because of the luxurious space it provides within itself. In India tourists usually prefer checking into a hotel or a resort, but post COVID-19 pandemic, that is going to be affected a little because of hygiene issues. Caravans come to the rescue in those situations. Caravans provide for a comfortable and relaxed experience to travelers with in-built restrooms, beds, sofas, and whatnot. Carrying your luggage in caravans is not a fuss at all, as these vehicles are astonishingly luxurious and spacious. Caravans are not only going to be full of comfort, but they are also highly cost-efficient when we consider the costs of checking into a hotel and stopping at restaurants for meals. Caravans are a massive hit in the United States of America, and the United Kingdom, but in India, they are still taking baby steps. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this culture is well-poised to change, as caravans are probably the safest and the most comfortable way to travel long or short distances. Caravans are on the verge of adding an exciting facet to traveling in the coming years, and this mode of transport is bound to make a huge impact on the travel industry in the coming years post COVID-19. We believe caravans are going to be the next big game-changer for the future, and it’s the one to look out for.
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All in all, life post-COVID-19 pandemic is going to be changing massively, but at the same time, so is the traveling. Masks, gloves, and, sanitizers are going to be a major part of life, and while traveling taking these precautions will be of utmost importance and priority. With keeping the current scenario in mind, road trips are going to be emerging as the most preferred way for commuting to short or long distances. It is safe to say that, during this transition phase road trips are going to be immensely popular, and are going to be preferred by masses to travel.