Right from the beginning to the end of 2020, going on a holiday, sightseeing, business trips, pilgrimages, etc. have been pretty much rendered impossible, due to the Covid-19 disease that is prevalent throughout the whole world.
Millions of individuals and families all over the world had to either call off their vacation, expedition, business travel, etc. or put their trips off to a later time as they restricted themselves to their homes.
The COVID-19 epidemic that has covered entire countries, continents, etc. has resulted in huge losses for the travel industry.
However, the commencement of COVID-19 vaccinations (that will provide immunity against this disease) gives us all a feeling that after all, events will turn out well. Here is what we can look forward to in 2021.
Getting rid of airline change fees
One of the things that corporate travel management can look forward to is the elimination of aircraft change expenses. Of late, the strategy of charging outrageously high penalties from travellers has been stretched to include long haul flights (with a few special exemptions for Basic Economy fares).
Adaptability will be very important in 2021
Travel professionals advocate flexibility when making travel plans in 2021 because we have to be mindful of the risks (associated with exposure to the dangerous Covid-19 virus).
Travel preparations in 2021 should be such that there is a significant amount of leeway while looking out for the comfort or welfare of others (like wearing masks, etc.).
So, it is best for travel management to avoid making travel arrangements that are rigid and cannot be modified.
Making travel arrangements at the eleventh hour
This is another reaction to the unusualness caused by COVID-19. Despite the emergence of COVID-19 vaccinations, at this moment, there are a large number of unanswered questions.
What that translates to is that people habituated to making travel plans, ahead of time may now hold back to do as such and instead complete them at some future time (when the time is ripe for a take-off).
Making it mandatory to show papers that verify passengers are COVID-free.
Paperwork that produces evidence that travellers are COVID-free is widely foreseen as the next step.
Though it hasn’t happened yet, it might become an essential and urgent duty of a traveller to establish documentation that demonstrates a negative test and paperwork that possibly proves the genuineness of inoculation with a Covid-19 vaccine (to protect from Covid-19 disease or its different strain) before travelling in an aircraft.
Purposeful travel will take over as international travel picks up, bit by bit. And travel restrictions like wearing masks, submitting immunization papers, etc. before proceeding for vacations, business trips, etc. in 2021 is only to be expected. However, for people, frantic for live interaction, breaks, adventure, etc. in 2021, the most indispensable thing to have is the ability to tolerate delays, problems, and so on while making travel plans.