Five ways travel could change

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated travel around the globe with the way we travel is set to change

The rise of the staycation
With few countries open to tourism right now many holidaymakers will be looking to take a break closer to home. Holiday homes, campsites and hotels are due to reopen from the start of July and with continued international travel restrictions many holidaymakers could find it easier – and safer - to stay in the UK.

Hotel hygiene
Hygiene will be a huge priority for hotels with new cleanliness standards and distancing practices in place to remove contact with staff and guests. This could mean an end to communal areas such as the breakfast buffet and restricted access to gyms and spa treatments. Mandatory face masks, staggered check ins and the removal of items such as poolside towels and bedroom rugs could be the new norm.

Social distancing at airports
Our experience of airports looks set to change with many introducing additional social distancing and hygiene measures. The use of electronic check-in at passport control could be ramped up to avoid unnecessary interactions between people while it might also be necessary to take a blood test or nasal swab ahead of a flight or upon arrival while temperature checks will also be in place.  

On the plane
Airlines have stepped up their cleaning and sanitation procedures with staff most likely required to wear full PPE. Some airlines such as EasyJet have also announced measures to keep the middle seat on its planes empty to allow for social distancing. There could also be tough restrictions on hand luggage and limited on-board toilet and food facilities in a bid to minimise contact.

Travel Insurance
The number of travel insurance policies sold has skyrocketed 200 per cent since January as travellers take extra precautions over their travel investments. Many people will now be looking upgrade their travel insurance to include a ‘cancel for any reason’ policy which could lead to an increased demand and a spike in prices.