May 09, 2020

Low Touch Travel- The New Normal Of Travelling

-The Coronavirus pandemic has changed our entire world- literally.

-Superheroes are now real- doctors, police, government employees- battling on the front lines.

-Industries have been badly hit- travel is one of the worst-hit sectors.


Entire nations have been ordered to stay at home; country borders are sealed; flights are grounded. People are cloistered in their homes and social distancing is the new mantra with masks and gloves being the new safety accoutrements. And no one is even thinking of travelling, let alone planning for a trip!


But, the scale of the problem cannot be ignored and now that we are talking about the new normal, we too are thinking- is it too early to talk about what to do when things start to look better? 


But it needs to be discussed and shared so more and more people can share their views on the new and upcoming low-touch economy that would include contactless travel services.


The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Ushering In A New Era Of Air Travel- Low Touch Travel


No one can really know what is going to happen in the aviation world, but one thing is sure, when the lockdown is over, the next airline trip you take probably won’t resemble the last one you took. Travel may become very purpose-based with

  • Higher fares

  • Fewer routes

  • Pre-flight health checks

  • No in-flight food

  • Leniency in flight cancellation and rescheduling 


According to experts and analytics, airlines will slash seat capacity by more than 70%. Flights are expected to take off to places with best health conditions and demand but the frequency would be less and direct flights would be preferred. Domestic travel is expected to begin sooner than international. Other changes might include:


  • End of cabin service on some carriers

  • Crew wearing masks and gloves

  • Mandate mask and gloves for passengers

  • Empty middle seats in an effort to maintain social distancing

  • Pre-flight sanitation

  • Disinfecting the trays on the airport’s x-ray security conveyor belt

  • Your baggage might be ‘sanitagged’ 

  • You might be tested- temperature checks or asked for health certificates

  • A two-week-long isolation or quarantine post-visit

  • Longer Immigration queues 


All these changes could be time consuming and complicate flying schedules but it will be the new norm. Why?


Fear is the key- Fear of the unknown; of touching someone or being touched; of being infected or infecting family and friends; of bringing back the virus from travels overseas.


Amid Such Fears, This Question Needs To Be Posed: When We Can Travel Again, And Also, Should We?


The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to see how interconnected the world truly is- people, systems and organisations. In terms of the global spread of the virus, this revelation has been devastating, but it’s also shown us how we’re able to act as individuals and unite for the collective good. Look at how far we have come


  • We are practising social distancing

  • We are cheering healthcare workers, police and other government employees from our homes

  • We are sharing the message to stay home on social media


And now as responsible travellers, we need to change our approach to travel as individuals. Basically, indulge in slow travel and self-powered travel.  


This crisis has given us the opportunity to instil a new travel mindset


Our ability to wander has been temporarily taken from us and made us realize, travel is a privilege, not a right. Just like you, we too cannot imagine a world without travel, but we now know that we need to change the way we travel.


Get ready for the new era of travel- Low contact travel!