The current pandemic has forever
changed the face of the tourism industry. It seems like nothing is going back
to normal anytime soon. Even if governments will start easing travel restrictions,
it would still be a daunting task. The worst part is that your trips would be
more expensive than they used to.
Several airlines have closed
Due to the lack of passengers,
several airlines around the world were forced
to file for a bankruptcy. Others fully ceased operations and laid off their
employees. It means that the competition has gone down. Remaining airlines also
have to find a way to recover what they have lost over the past few months.
Otherwise, they might also end up with the same fate as other airlines. These
airlines have more freedom to increase the cost of their ticket. It’s not even
about increasing their profits anymore. They just need to make up for all the
months when they literally had no income.
A proof of income might be a requirement
Some countries have already started
requesting for a proof of income for all foreign arrivals. Back then, even if a
visa is required, most countries won’t ask for a proof of income. You might
even have to leave a deposit upon arrival so that it can be used for
hospitalization in case you get ill. If you don’t have that amount, you might
be denied entry.
Apart from proof of income, you also
need a comprehensive medical insurance provider. It guarantees the country that
if you get sick, you can afford to pay the bills. Since some insurance
providers are now asking for higher premiums due to the pandemic, you have
to spend more.
You might need more connecting
The popularity of tourism in some
places paved the way for the birth of rare flights. It means that if you want
to visit some of the lesser popular places, you can just book a ticket go
there. Some of these areas are no longer served by a regular flight, so you
have to book more connecting flights. You might end up spending more because
connecting flights or additional expenses.
Quarantine measures might still be
Some countries require all foreigners
to go on a 14-day
quarantine upon arrival. They are afraid that even if only one tourist
tested positive, it will lead to a sudden increase of cases in the community.
Apart from being a huge inconvenience, it’s also costly. Quarantine packages
for different hotels would cost you a lot of money.
Another downside is that you might
have to request for more days off from work. Not everyone is capable of asking
for at least 14 days to go on a trip.
In short, traveling in the near
future might be close to impossible if you don’t have sufficient funds. If you
still want to go on a trip, you have to be financially prepared to do so.
Otherwise, you have to wait until things get better.
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