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The New Normal, Traveling 2020

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In just a few months, COVID-19 has disrupted life like we have never seen before. What once gave you excitement and anticipation to escape from reality and travel, has now been halted. The travel industry has been working diligently on restoring the confidence in traveling among its consumers. This new sense of “normal” brings about a lot of change that will be new for us all going forward. Let’s take a look at what we can expect to see when traveling post-pandemic.

When traveling picks up again, it will resume in stages and will start with more road trips and domestic travel. As travel gradually returns over the course of months, if not years, expect to see local travel boom over the next year. Road trips will make a new resurgence as we slowly progress into our “new normal” and consumers begin traveling again.

Americans’ interest in road trips has increased the popularity of RV rentals and purchases. If an RV rental is in your future, reach out to your Shelter agent about RV insurance and stay protected this summer.

If you’re not into road trips and are ready to start flying again, be ready for the implementation of new hygiene, safety guidelines and an increase in health screenings. This may include:

  • Digitized check-ins               
  • Reducing paper material
  • New ways to scan boarding passes
  • Limiting occupancy to adhere to social distancing
  • Wearing masks

Many airlines including JetBlue, American, Delta, United and Southwest have announced that passengers and flight attendants will be required to wear face masks on flights. Some airlines are even providing face masks and sanitizing wipes to passengers.

As we continue to figure out our new sense of normal, whether through road trips or flights, we must remember that although travel as we once knew it has changed, we should have a new appreciation for each trip we will take in the future.

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