Life After Lockdown: Peek into the Future of Travel

Remember when you used to go to bars and restaurants and cafés? When going to a museum or a tourist attraction was your Saturday afternoon activity, instead of a virtual museum tour? Remember when you used to plan weekends away and scour the internet for cheap flight deals for a sneaky city break, instead of adding travel shows to your Netflix queue? Those were the days, weren’t they? But it looks like life after lockdown – and after coronavirus – is going to take a little while to get back to something more familiar.

In early May, Tiqets conducted several surveys with over 200 Tiqets customers and followers. We asked you what you missed most in lockdown (the resounding answer: travel), what sort of virtual activities you were trying out (which were mainly virtual museum tours and online gym classes), and we asked you how you felt about traveling again. While many of you miss traveling the most (us too!), it’s also the thing you’ll be most cautious about getting back to.

Are we ready to travel in a post-pandemic world? 

The short answer: not yet – especially seeing as the pandemic isn’t over. While many people have had to cancel a trip because of the coronavirus outbreak (73% of survey respondents said that they had to cancel trips/holidays), they’re not quite ready to pick up where they left off.

Only 23% of survey respondents said they would want to start traveling again as soon as lockdown in their respective countries is lifted.

32% of respondents said their travel decisions would be informed by when lockdowns in other countries are lifted.

17% of respondents said they would wait 1-2 months after lockdown to start traveling.

14% of respondents said they would wait 3-6 months before traveling again.

12% of respondents answered that they hadn’t really thought about when they would be ready to start traveling again.

But while it looks as though many of you won’t be ready to travel in the immediate future, there’s no shortage of enthusiasm for the activity. When asked which popular cities they’d like to visit first and which iconic attractions they’d like to see first, respondents were quick to share their preferences.

So, life after lockdown may not immediately include travel, but there’s no doubt it will return. In the meantime, industry-wide predictions suggest that many of us will turn to weekends away in remote places, road trips, and local adventures to soothe our wanderlust-seeking hearts.

Are we ready to visit local museums and attractions?

Speaking of local adventures, who says you need to travel anywhere to be a tourist? Exploring your city, and its attractions and landmarks can be just as exciting as visiting a new destination. So how ready are you to visit local attractions? Our survey on when people will return to museums and attractions, and what they’ll expect from these venues after coronavirus, provided some interesting insights.

When asked how they feel about the reopening of museums and attractions, respondents were hesitant.

35% of respondents said they couldn’t wait to visit, while 65% answered that they would wait a while before returning.

18% of respondents would be ready to visit museums as soon as the doors opened.

23% said they would wait 1-2 weeks before visiting museums.

24% would prefer to wait 1-2 months before visiting museums.

35% said they’d wait 3-6 months before visiting museums and attractions again.

Do you find yourself worried about hygiene and safety measures at museums and tourist attractions? Our survey respondents surely were.

65% of survey respondents thought it should be the visitors’ responsibility to bring their own face masks, hand sanitizer, and gloves when attending a museum.

80% of survey respondents believed that museums and attractions should provide information about their safety measures on their websites.

54% of survey respondents felt that the venues should take care of safety measures like crowd control and keeping a safe distance and that they should be responsible for enforcing the rules that they have in place.

Hygiene and safety measures are high up on the priority lists of museums and attractions that are reopening – especially seeing as many governments are enforcing capacity restrictions and insisting on certain hygiene rules. If these are your main concerns about visiting museums and attractions, you can rest assured that the tourism industry is doing a whole lot to make sure you feel comfortable on your next visit.

Tips for visiting museums and attractions after lock down

While some of you may feel daring enough to board a plane the moment you’re allowed out the house for more than your weekly grocery run, the truth is you simply may not be able to do so. Many countries are allowing things to open up within their borders, but they’re not necessarily reopening their borders to other countries.

This means that exploring your own city or planning a road trip or weekend break to a nearby place may be the best option for travel and culture lovers for the foreseeable future. And if that’s the case, you’ll need to know how to visit that iconic landmark that you live around the corner from (and are embarrassed to admit you’ve never visited).

Channel your inner Lady Macbeth and wash those hands regularly

Good hygiene remains one of the best ways to combat the spread of coronavirus. The staff at museums and attractions can insist on visitors wearing gloves and face masks, and provide hand sanitizer, but it’s your responsibility to use hand sanitizer and use it regularly.

Get precious about your personal space – and respect others’

Those of you who like your personal space will be pleased to know that this is an important part of the post-pandemic world. Don’t be afraid to remind others to keep their distance and remember to be respectful of other people’s personal space. That’s right, you’ll have to wait your turn to gawp at your favorite painting; no nudging the person in front of you out the way, and definitely no coughing or throat clearing to get their attention – you may get yourself kicked out of the museum!

Spontaneity is so 2019 – get with the times and start booking ahead

Capacity restrictions are coming. To avoid the disappointment of arriving at a museum or attraction only to be told they’re at capacity for the day, book your tickets to visit in advance. If you book through Tiqets, it’s easy to get tickets for the date and even a specific timeslot in advance. Nervous about booking in advance and suffering a change of heart the day before? No worries – when you book through Tiqets, you can cancel or change your tickets up until 24 hours before your visit.


5 Effective Travel Tips for Everyone

Irrespective of when you plan to travel, be it during the holiday (vacation) or not, there is a need
for you to prepare and plan effectively and efficiently for your trip because it is part of your
life. There are many other ways you can enjoy your holidays which is not only in drinking
and partying but also in traveling. You should focus on your security (which is important),
mostly while you are traveling overseas nevertheless; you should also keep an eye on your
possessions because you are responsible for your actions and inactions. Be informed of the rules
and regulations governing such areas especially the specific destination which you are going
(visiting). However, the simple travel tips below will be of great importance to you:

  1. Investigate: so far you are definite about your location. Ensure you do a thorough
    investigation of the new location because it is a completely new environment. Know
    and understand their culture and history (though not a must), learning a few words of
    their language will be an added advantage and will boost your relationship with the
    citizen. Select the way you travel to your destination especially if you are traveling by air,
    it is paramount to book your tickets earlier. You must know the weather condition of the
    place which will aid the type of cloths to take along and others; surf the web where you
    can read the needed information about the new location because it is another place (web)
    you can gather as much information as possible about the country you are going to visit.
  2. Tour or Travel Insurance: Ensure you have all the necessary travel insurance
    documents so as to save yourself from unexpected situations, especially negative ones.
    Some of the travel or tours insurance are:
    • Medical expenses.
    • Cost of missed departures.
    • Liability cost.
    • Flight interruptions.
    • Baggage loss etc.
    Ensure you do not disregard this because it is good.
  3. Set Your Financial Plan: This aspect must be thoroughly observed because virtually
    everything in your new location will call for you. Make a list of your travel expenses. Your
    ability to set daily financial plan will help and guide you because you must not spend all
    you have with you because you will be going back. Buy things in order of importance and
    don’t just buy them, ask questions before you do. Also, base on your financial plan, you
    should choose the travel method to your travel destination. It is best to investigate well
    so as to find the best package deals. Don’t be too eager to travel, be certain that your tour
    package has all the basic expenses such as travel cost, accommodation cost, visiting
    charges etc. Unless if otherwise, make use of the public transportation it is where you can
    intermingle with locals and can know more about their history, culture, practices,
    languages etc.
  4. Seize Memorable Moments: one of the ways you can use to remind yourself of the
    good old days is this. Ensure you take along a good camera. Both phone cameras and
    ordinary cameras can do this. Your phone cameral will enable you to save your pictures
    online. Document your great memories and take beautiful and gorgeous landscape of
    that place. It’s best to bring cameras and other valuable things with your carry-on
  5. Be Safe and Ready: Ahead of leaving for travel, it is imperative to recheck your packed
    luggage. This can be achieved when you have a list of what you want to take and you check
    it one after the other which will assure you pack all your essentials needs like your travel
    documents etc. Ensure you label your baggage so that you can easily find it and let your
    body and soul be at rest.

5 Reasons to become a Travel Blogger

Tour is enjoyable, pleasurable and filled with excitement. Sharing your experience will
motivate and stir others to follow. Nowadays, blogging is one of the most excellent means
of reaching people all over the world. Everyone loves to read stories (especially travel
stories) therefore it will be distinctive when you share your own tour story. Being a travel
blogger brings numerous advantages. Here is a list but not limited to the following:

  1. MOTIVATE OTHERS: Being a travel blogger will motivate others to travel to diverse
    destinations and locations through your blog or page even where you cannot dream of. It
    is understood and well known that a travel story is capable to motivate your friend,
    families, and relatives because the majority of this people follow social media posts before
    they plan any tour.
  2. TOUR COMMUNITY: Being a tour lover who is passionate about travel, then you can
    connect with different travel communities as a tour blogger. However, there are
    numerous groups of tour bloggers in which you can join.
  3. SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE: A passionate tour blogger become more successful as
    he or she shares his or her personal experience on the blog which will make the blog
    more attractive, appealing, appeasing and inspirational. Writing on contents like your
    destination, where you stayed, how you reach the place, the food experience, the local
    dishes you enjoyed while there and some other security tips for their safety.
  4. START EARNING: Money is one of the reasons why you are working. In the process of
    starting a tour blog, it is certain that you will earn money from it. However, there are lots
    of ways to generate profits from travel blogs such as advertisement and paid articles and
    others and you need to be very consistent in updating your blog.
  5. LIVE YOUR ZEAL: Since the tour is your passion therefore blogging is the best way to
    share your zeal with the readers. Your zeal is your passion. Follow it.