The idea of embarking on a trip is certainly exciting after a year of no travel. But you must have realistic expectations because things aren’t going to be the same. You cannot consider them to be as usual, just because you have got the jab or cases aren’t surging at your destination. Like every aspect of life, there is a new normal for travel too. It makes sense to know what to expect when you step out for your first travel experience in 2021. Here are some things you can anticipate.
What To Expect In The New Normal
Road trips to nearby destinations are popular
Even as airlines are operating, the number of passengers is still low because the chances of infection are high with air travel. The best way to travel right now is by road and to nearby destinations. It is easy to pack your bags, get into the car and drive to a nearby campsite or beach town. Apart from the benefit of safety, you have the flexibility to change plans at the last minute, and there’s no need to plan a lot.
Wellness tours and outdoor excursions are making it big
Since health and well-being are top priorities right now, wellness tours and outdoor excursions are surging in popularity. It is a good idea to plan a weekend break at a wellness resort that offers holistic therapies and a healing diet in its package. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you can choose a trekking or hiking tour or even explore a new route on your own.
Hotels are changing the way they operate
This year, you can expect to see the new normal in hotels and homestays, and these go beyond extra efforts with cleanliness. Online bookings are booming, and hotels let you make last-minute cancellations without exorbitant fines. Most properties are investing in hotel automation to enable contactless check-ins and check-outs. You will not see crowds by the poolside and dining halls, rather food will be served in rooms to keep you safe.
Packing lists will be different
Whether you travel for business or leisure, your packing lists will differ in 2021. It will have the basics like sunscreen, eyewear, footwear, and clothing, but masks and sanitizers will be on top of the list now. You will need them from the moment you step out and throughout the trip. Make sure that you never take off your mask, or you may get into trouble with the authorities. Hand hygiene is mandatory, so have small and large packs of sanitizer.
Most destinations have travel restrictions
You can expect travel restrictions everywhere, even when traveling within the country. Many US cities and states have rules and guidelines regarding testing and quarantine. The more confusing part is that they change often, so you must check the destination website before planning the trip. Ensure that you read through the current guidelines.
Travel will not be the same for the foreseeable future, but the silver lining is that it has resumed. Knowing what to expect will help you take a more realistic approach and plan better.