Have you wondered how this Covid19 pandemic will impact your future holidays? Do you want to know about the alternative types of travel if most of the budget airlines collapse? This article will analyse for you how you may need to change your holiday and travel habits to be able to travel after Covid19.
According to J. Faus on the World Economic Forum the tourism industry currently accounts for 10% of global GDP and has warned the COVID-19 pandemic could cut 50 million jobs worldwide in the travel and tourism industry. This will have a huge impact on what will be available to us after the Covid19 outbreak is over.
In this post you will discover what will happen with the airlines. Find out how far you can go without airlines and how to make your holidays more spontaneous and exciting.
This article will analyse how the glamping/ camping industry will fit future travel trends. You will learn why adapting American travel trends may be beneficial to us. Furthermore you will find where to look for jobs in the tourism industry, if the predictions become a reality.
This article will be important to you if travel is your passion, you enjoy going on holidays and want to maintain interesting lifestyle after Covid19, but you're not crazy rich. So this article will help you learn how to adapt your travel habits after the potential collapse of budget and mass tourism.
So let's dive into this unknown and uncertain future, and what it will mean for you.
Post Covid19 Travel: Airlines and Cruise Ships
In the tourism world by sectors airlines and cruise ships are currently much more impacted than the hotels (J. Faus, 2020), and you can find various different media reporting about the potential collapse of many airlines because of Covid19 outbreak, such as: Time, Metro, The Guardian, BBC and FlightGlobal.
Time claims that "Coronavirus Will Bankrupt Most Airlines by May Without Government Help". Yet we have Adam Bienkov from Business Insider reporting that the lock down will last for up to 6 moths and Time talking about scientists requesting up to 18 months of lock down.
So how will we travel, and where can we go if we wake up tomorrow and the likes of EasyJet, Ryanair, Jet2 and WizzAir are no longer there to use?
To answer this question, let's take a look at the US.
Should We Become A Little More American After Covid19?
In majority of cases, becoming American may not sound like something that most of Europeans would want to do. However when it comes to travel habits, in this climate we may learn something valuable.
According to Expedia's Group travel report on North America travel trends; In comparison to Canadians (Expedia) and Europeans (Eurostat), Americans are more likely to travel by car and prefer domestic travel. You will find that American travellers are more likely to have taken family trips and booked travel online in the last 3 months.
So how is this important? Well the description of this common American traveller has been mentioned by some tourism specialists in predictions for tourism post covid19 outbreak. Let me explain.
Shorter breaks and more flexible travel plans
According to travel specialists Sara Garibaldi and John Bradbury, in their article about "Preparing for the Future of Tourism in a Post-COVID-19 World" their predictions are focused on a more flexible tourism industry.
This is mainly driven by the economic crisis, which will impact customer's trust. We might see shorter booking windows, and possibly more trips with lower spends and much briefer itineraries.
This in fact would link well with the most common trends observed in the American culture. Americans book shortly in advance and take car travel, meaning shorter itineraries and shorter booking windows.
It is also important to note that cost of domestic travel is easier to predict. This is because there is no currency exchange and domestic cost of living is more predictable than in a foreign economy. So travelling within your own country, like many Americans do, would make it easier for you to predict financially.
Would we adapt to more spontaneous, family oriented car travel?
Yet it is understandable the US is much bigger than most of European countries with different types of climate and more travel opportunities. However many of us, especially in the UK underestimate the opportunities to travel to Europe by car or rail.
This in fact is a very popular way for many other EU citizens to travel, and is very convenient. Passed the UK boarder controls, most of the EU neighbours are in the Schengen area, meaning that you do not have to stop at any boarder. The only thing that informs you are in a different country is a sign on the motorway.
What's more the fact that most of Europe is now using single currency may make it easier to predict the potential cost of independent car travel.
Car travel in Europe
While Europeans and British travel more abroad than US citizens, over 31% of outbound travel in Europe is already taken by car according to Eurostat. This is actually not that bad when compared to 37% of car travel in the US (Expedia).
Furthermore in countries such as Spain, France and Czech Republic cars are predominant way of travelling for holidays (Eurostat). So this shows that the infrastructure is there to be used for this type of travelling. These close European neighbours give us a good example of how we can adapt to the changing tourism industry without budget airlines.
But can we compare this to types of tourism that already exist? Is there a way of travelling in Europe that already exists, that is more flexible, suited for car trips and costs less?
Well, there is an existing holiday model in place that could become more popular as a result of this crisis. Frankly quite popular in Europe already. So firstly let's explore where can we go if budget airlines collapse and air travel becomes too expensive. Then keep reading to find how you could change your travel habits in the future.
So where could we travel?
While theoretically you could still travel pretty much anywhere in the world without airlines. You would find that time could restrict the ability for you to travel wherever you want. For example you could get from London to Moscow by train. However it would take about 3 hours on a train from London to Paris, and a further 36 hours from Paris to Moscow. Check out down below 👇🏻
What is even more interesting and crazy is that you could even take a train trip from Poland to China. If you have a lot of disposable time, you could do the trip from Poland to China in 6 days. To find out more, check this out by clicking here.
Now, back to reality.
So if you can only get up to 2 weeks annual leave in one go, like most of people in the UK. You would find that traveling up to about 2000 km (Aprox 1249 miles) is most you want to commit to. So to give you an idea, it is roughly the distance of driving from Sheffield to Rome.
The reason why you don't want to commit to more is the time. This type of distance would take around 20-25 hours of driving. Take a look at this 👇🏻
This distance is good as it shouldn't take you more than 2 days of travelling. If you have someone who you can swap driving with, then it would only take a day to travel.
So the list of countries that you can drive to in one day include: France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and even Croatia.
Taking the train:
If you like the idea od taking the train, take a look at this website: interrail.eu. You will find a way of purchasing one train pass to new destinations, cultures and friendships all over Europe. You can choose from over 40,000 destinations in 33 countries. (This post is not sponsored by Interrail)
You can read about interrail experience on another travel blog by clicking here.
There are companies and tour operators specialising in helping tourists with driving and accommodation. These companies are usually quite flexible with booking you into a road trip to suit your desires. I am talking about companies in the camping industry. Such as:
These companies specialise in road trips essentially, as many people who take this kind of holiday drive towards their destination. So you will find it much easier to just phone them up and tell them where you want to go.
You will find on the websites mentioned above that camping in modern days is a lot closer to a hotel experience than you may think. Not only you can choose from nice mobile homes, with all utilities but also you will find tents with showers, toilets and air conditioning. Most of campsites have animation programme, swimming pools, restaurants and discos.
Camping/ Glamping Travel Trend After Covid19
Campsites are generally more prepared for travellers with car than most of hotels. There is usually always space and parking to leave your car on the campsite free of charge. On top of this, when you go camping you are in a more private environment. This could be key in the new society norms, if the fear of being close to other people remains in our heads.
When you rent a mobile home you tend to use less of the public resort facilities. You can isolate yourself more from other holidaymakers on a campsite. You have your own little house, little garden and a private decking. There is more space and you spend more time outdoors on this type of holiday.
In addition you can find campsites right on the doorstep to big cities like Rome or Paris. If you call any of these companies, they will be able to book you a stop over accommodation on the way to your chosen destination. This is because they have sites all over Europe, which would make your travel experience much easier.
Campsite holidays may meet the criteria for post covid19 changes to our travel behaviour, needs and wants. Camping is more flexible, with shorter itineraries, suited for car travel.
From my experience it also suits the budget and lower cost criteria for those imapcted financially. However if you would like to read more about how you can save money by camping you can read about it in these articles: 👇🏻
Taking more independent road trip
If you want to take it solo you could for example find your main destination or resort i.e. on the campsite pages, and then book your stop-over accommodation later. Maybe with a different operator, or different type of accommodation whatsoever.
You could use Booking.com to compare the prices in the camping industry and other types of accommodation services to suit your budget. So for example you could visit one of the tour operators web pages, find a resort that you really like and then use Booking.com to check if you could find it cheaper.
On top of this, you could be really spontaneous and use Booking.com after you've set off for your main destination and just book on the go, wherever you are. I have done that on many occasions in the past. I have jumped in the car, set my sat nav for my main destination (i.e. in Italy or France) and start driving. I would then decide where I wanted to stop on the way, using Booking.com even up to two hours before my arrival.
Sometimes you would get a good discount if you book last minute at 7pm for the same night. This is a really flexible way of spending your holiday. You could minimise a lot of risks doing this. Just take it as you want to, as you feel.
1? 2? Maybe even 3 countries in one holiday!
The bright side to driving or taking train is that you can experience more variety when you go on your holiday. This means that your single destination holiday may change to a multi destination holiday. Simply by changing the mode of transport for your travel.
So will we experience more in post covid19 tourism industry?
Using a car or a train means you will be travelling slower, which means that you may plan to take breaks. This break does not have to be for a few hours or one night. On a two week holiday you could spend 3-5 nights in different places on the way to your main destination and still get a full week in the main destination.
You could spend half of your holiday in Italy and another part in France, Austria or Switzerland. Either on the way to the main destination, on the way back or both. In comparison to a packaged holiday, it is all pre-planned and you are limited to your itinerary.
With companies that specialise in road trips, like the camping industry, there is a chance to phone your tour operator and ask if there is availability for them to change your accommodation arrangements even during your holiday. Even if the site is in a different country.
Now compare it to a standard all-inclusive packaged deal. You would not be able to just change your holiday arrangements, while already on your holiday, so that you end up in a different country whatsoever.
Working in the tourism sector
For those who lost income due to covid19 outbreak, this may become an opportunity to try and find employment in similar resorts. A lot of jobs in tourism are quite easy to get, as there is loads of easily transferrable skills from other industries. These resorts need maintenance people, air conditioning engineers, cleaner, waiters, chefs, receptionists, holiday reps, drivers, gardeners and even IT specialists. Plus it is an amazing experience living away in a different country and culture for a bit.
If you work in travel industry you may find it very easy to change from a hotel, aircraft or cruise ship positions to the campsites, coaches and even trains. If you never worked in travel and now you are out of job, this may be a turning point in your career.
If you are interested you can read my other blog post about "How to get a summer or winter job and make the most out of it" or other travel blogs that talk about this type of work and lifestyle, such as Curiosity Travels - How to Move Abroad, Live for Free & Save Money to Travel!
Alternatively you can pursue career in luxurious and niche tourism resorts, where money is not an issue and regardless of airline prices tourists will still come. If you're interested read my post about "The 3 Ways How To Get A Job In The Millionaire’s Village".
Domestic Travel & Staycations
This option would be ideal for people who have suffered financially and overseas travel is too expensive. You can read up about some amazing things you can do in the UK , on my blog post that I wrote before corona virus outbreak became so serious. Just click here for Domestic Travel Tips To Get Away From Corona Virus. This article will give you some inspiration for adventure holidays in the UK.
You could also look at the following articles for other types of tourism in the UK:
So how could post Covid19 travel trends change? How can you respond to the potential collapse of major airlines and tour operators? Let's summarise the analysis into 8 points, to summarise what we have learned:
1. Short-haul and closer to reach travel destinations may become more popular
2. More frequent and shorter stays
3. Increase in domestic tourism
4. More flexible travel arrangements with shorter itineraries
5. Potentially higher demand for Camping and Glamping holidays
6. More road trips and train trips
7. Tourism workers may need to move from mainstream/ mass tourism resorts to either more niche travel companies or more luxurious travel resorts
8. A switch from single destination to multi-destination holidays
Whether the mass tourism and main stream operators will be able to adapt to the crisis and future customer needs we will have to wait and see. The same goes for the question if these operators will still exists after the crisis. Hopefully this article gives you some hope, and ideas for travelling if our favourite travel brands don't survive.
I hope that the government will be able to help out, and that the industry will come back to the way it was. It is always great to have more travel options and opportunities to travel. So let's hope we won't be worse off after the pandemic, and if so there are still other opportunities out there.
Hope you enjoyed reading this. Let me know what else you think may change that I have not covered? Would you try any of these different ways to travel mentioned in this post?
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