Covid has changed all of our lives. It’s changed travel forever. Business travel has been one of the industries most heavily affected by Covid.
Many of the trends from Covid are here to stay. Remote work is here to stay, and overseas business trips are becoming less frequent.
These are some of the most important ways in which the Covid pandemic is still changing the business travel industry.
1. Local Travel
People are realizing they don’t need to travel too far.
During lockdowns, many people realized that there is a lot to do close to home. Day trips are more popular than ever.
Camping equipment and motor homes started selling out.
There’s a much higher demand for local and micro travel.
Most people have realized that there’s no need to travel to another city or state to experience something exciting. Businesses have started catering to locals or customers from nearby.
The same is true for business travel. Consumers are interested in local products and businesses. Keeping business at home is good.
Companies don’t want to go through the hassle of traveling for big corporate events. State and national parks have become popular venues for big events.
Venues that offer outdoor events are more popular than ever.
2. Virtual Travel
Virtual travel might seem weird for those used to actual travel.
Many tour companies have started offering virtual trips or tours. This is particularly popular for virtual conferences or study abroad programs.
As virtual reality technology improves, the quality of this type of travel has improved.
More people are working from home.
They don’t necessarily want to travel for a business trip.
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Most people still think of virtual travel as a band-aid for the travel industry. When things start going back to normal, people will start traveling again.
Elements of virtual travel are probably here to stay.
3. Individual Travel
The advantage of remote work is flexibility.
Remote or hybrid work enables employees to travel more.
Many digital nomads have taken to the road. So long as they have a good internet connection, there’s no need to stay in one place.
Solo travel has many advantages. Solo travelers don’t have to worry about other people’s schedules. They can go wherever they want, whenever they want.
Many travel companies have started catering to individuals.
It used to be hard to get a spot on a tour as a solo traveler. That’s not the case anymore.
Small towns are trying to become more desirable destinations for remote workers. After lockdowns, big cities are no longer the dream spot for most young workers.
4. Medical Travel
No one wants to go to the hospital.
No one wants to travel somewhere where they aren’t comfortable with a hospital visit.
Unfortunately, many hospitals and medical care facilities have been pushed to their limits. Smaller cities and rural areas don’t have the capacity to deal with large numbers of Covid patients.
Many medical professionals have started traveling for work.
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Nurses and doctors are seeing the benefits of changing the scenery.
Traveling as a medical professional gives doctors and nurses broader experience.
Remote medicine is also on the rise. Telemedicine gives doctors more flexibility to travel on their own.
Zoom calls with doctors also make it easier for people with medical problems to travel.
5. Longer Travel
Travel takes more time than usual.
International travel requires vaccination, negative tests, or documentation of recovery. Regulations change quickly. Quarantine is often involved.
When people travel, they want to stay longer than a few days.
People are booking stays for longer than they used to.
Remote work enables employees to move to a new place every few months if they want.
Hotels are becoming less popular as more people opt for long-term stays.
Apartment and house rentals are on the rise.
Everyone wants the pandemic to be over as soon as possible. Some of the trends it has left on the travel industry are here to stay. Businesses need to adapt to these changes.