Will Travel Ever 'Normalize'?

    • 6 posts
    December 28, 2022 12:32 AM PST

    Just speculating on this topic but I remember 6-12 month before the pandemic there was a discussion on this forum about how open the world had become, how new this was and that it might not last. Since the fall of the USSR and communism globally, then with the internet, international travel became very easy for much of the world. Locals in most of the world loved the travelers and money they brought at first but have grown tired of it and their local culture being destroyed.

    In the last decade or so even people from the 3rd world joined in the international travel crazy. International travel photos became status symbols. I have friends from Mexico who spend 1/3 their yearly salary on travel to Europe.

    I am thinking this pre cover style travel is mostly over, even longer term like 10-15 years. After that we will have AR/VR.

    Something like a health passport(not just vaccine, but health) will become a thing and while I do not like this, it could help slow globalism and keep cultures from westernizing so fast. Countries will want to know more about who is coming in, possibly even criminal records. They may stop being cheap whores for the western dollar.

    Imagine how hard it will be to travel with a family or group if each person has to prove they are not sick before travel and before going home. Not worth the risk. regional, domestic travel will boom. Possibility of quarantines as well.

    Anyway, what does everyone else think? Am I crazy and are we going back to normal in 3-5 years? Or possibly a complete global lockdown with regional travel only?

    • 9 posts
    December 28, 2022 7:07 AM PST

    In 2021, I thought we could not fly anywhere for the next 5 years without a covid passport. Still, it's good that everything ended in 2022, and now you can travel again without any problems. For example, my wife and I learned about a free tour of Mexico City from this site -- https://www.freetour.com/mexico-city. I plan to fly there in the spring to see the most densely populated city in the world. They also say that it is hazardous, but at the same time, there are beautiful places I am obliged to see together with my wife. So it's okay, don't panic like that

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    January 3, 2023 12:03 AM PST

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    January 21, 2023 3:12 PM PST

    I adore travels! At the moment, everyone has already adjusted to how to travel freely, and for many, it is no longer a problem to present a vaccine. All this has become the norm.  It is necessary to properly plan a trip, buy tickets, and make a route.  For me, the most important thing is the flight for example. To make it as comfortable as possible for me, and the rest is just a formality.

    This post was edited by Adrian Smith at January 27, 2023 10:49 AM PST
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    February 13, 2023 7:43 PM PST

    There's a reason why travel has been normalized in the past couple of years. It's because it was normalized by a bunch of people who weren't afraid to be themselves. Travel may be normalized again, but it will be different in my culture. The difference will be that travel will be normalizing itself, as opposed to being normalized by people who were willing to stand out. There are plenty of people today who don't want to travel or don't have the money for it. They'd rather stay home, relax and watch Netflix.