When the world hit by the pandemic, there have been many things happened that many people were not ready for. It happened so suddenly that everyone got infected by unknown virus after celebrating new years together. Throughout the pandemic, we have been hearing many bad news about death, loss, and failures in almost all aspect in life including travel world. However, there were also some good things happened in travel world in 2020 that made people anticipate 2021 more. And here are some of them:
Free flights and stays for travelers
Many travel companies offered free flights and stays to first responders. They are well deserved to get those free offerings because those working on the frontline have given their all to make sure they can help as many people as possible while navigating many challenges. Many travel companies initiated to team up with each other and donated free hotel rooms, vacations, and flights to those first responders who have worked hard during the pandemic.
Increased creativity from people who were in quarantine
In 2020, people were forced to stay inside and isolated. Added with bad news, anxiety and stress had pushed them to the limit. Many people got sick caused by their affected mental health. However, there were also people who got wilder instead. They got amazingly more creative in many ways. Take a look at the example of a couple who created and elaborated a mini gallery for their cat. There was also a grandfather who decided to build a DIY virtual trip on Disneyland It’s A Small World ride for his grandkids. Humans never run out of ideas it seems.
Animals got the best time of their lives
Animals seemed to experienced a good impact from the pandemic. Pets had their owners stayed at home throughout the days, making them available for more plays and rubs. Also, many pet owners started to take their pets more often and that must be what the animals love the most. Not to mention that even zoo and and foster animals were taken to a field trip to local sites, such as the three penguins at Kansas City Zoo. They were taken to an art museum and had their fun times.
More free virtual tours to enjoy
Virtual tour is not actually something new in travel world because some travel destinations and sites have offered this kind of features. However, the pandemic has made the numbers of destinations offering virtual tour increased. People could just sit on their comfortable couch while being transported to their dream travel destinations. The most important thing is that most of them are free.
Advanced technology to make travel easier and safer
The sudden halt due to the pandemic has caused innovators to think more on how to provide more efficient technology. In some restaurants and hotels, robots and high-tech devices are being used to deliver better service to their guests such as automated food shop, assistant robots, electrostatic disinfectant sprayers, and many more.