Some areas of the world are coming to the other side of the coronavirus crisis and while the coast is not yet clear in most parts of the world, when will you feel safe enough to fly again?
It’s Not Over Yet, But It Will Be Someday
Most of the world has not yet recovered from coronavirus, in fact, just Wuhan with limitations has lifted restrictions. However, others are showing signs of getting through the outbreak, Singapore, South Korea, and Sweden among them and that’s just the “S” countries.
Someday soon in America, Italy, the UK and the rest of the world, travel restrictions will be lifted and we will all resume some sort of normalcy. Looking forward is not an effort to diminish the severity of the current situation.
Browsing Around, Met With Unlikely Resistance
As research for another post, I found flights from Pittsburgh to Cartagena, a favorite of ours, for unbelievable rates in May ($150 roundtrip.) I started playing around with dates and perhaps your mind wanders as mine does. I long for Italy, a return to Marrakech, perhaps something entirely new.
My brother, who may be even more adventurous than I am, was shocked when I sent him this deal I found.
“Are you sure you’d be ready to go back out there?” he asked.
“Well, if I’m not, or travel restrictions haven’t been lifted, I can just move the dates.” I said.
“But what if you break your arm? You’d have trouble getting help in a hospital and be surrounded by coronavirus patients.” he said.
He has a point, but there has to be a line where we feel comfortable leaving our homes again. That poses an interesting question and one that will have a different response for everyone.
When Will You Feel Safe Enough To Fly Again?
For everyone, there will be a line in the sand. Those who had trips already booked but cancelled or pushed out may be more likely to resume plans faster than others. What about those with nothing on the books? My family currently has no plans, but this is the longest we have been home in a very long time, especially with nothing coming up.
Businesses that learned the advantages of working from home and are reticent to put their employees back into offices before they are ready may hold off on business trips and meetings. Conventions have been cancelled for much of the year, but some may reschedule once the coast is clear.
Outside of governmentally-imposed limitations, are there metrics for either returning to the skies?
The world has cabin fever right now – that’s fair given the circumstances. For myself and my family, I am not sure when we will feel the time is right to return. Destinations won’t be worth visiting if we are concerned about getting sick, the health care system’s ability to cope if we do get sick, and if nothing is open when we are ready to return anyway.
If travel restrictions were lifted in both your origin and destination in four weeks, would you hit the road? How long after restrictions are lifted? Do you have criteria or will you just feel it out?