The sudden onset of coronavirus has changed things; the world is no longer how it was two years ago, and we’ve gone through several transitions. The metamorphosis of lifestyles and habits has been a difficult ordeal, but now is the time when we’re going back to normal. And this normal is not the old normal; we’re now moving toward a life where living with the new normal is something that is our only option. But that doesn’t mean we’re pushing into a place that’s not ours; we’re simply introducing some norms that we’ll be adjusting to. Among these newfound norms is the future of travel; we all know travel has been one of the few things that underwent a drastic change, and now, there is a new system in place.
Once, we were simply stepping out and boarding planes and trains, and today, we’re going through a rigorous process of checking health certification, submitting excessive documentation, and going through the entire process online. And while this may seem like a nuisance at first (after all, isn’t it annoying to carry your health certificate with you at all times and go through temperature checks at every gate?), it’s actually for the better. In fact, while we think that this is nothing but an inconvenience, we’re already normalizing it, aren’t we? So, there’s a high chance that health certificates, online applications, and other changes in travel will become the norm.
Here is how we’ll probably see these health certificates and online applications becoming the new norm:
Better Health Regulations Overall: We’re Only Getting Cleaner
One thing that the pandemic has brought to our attention is how messy we’ve all been and how little we cared about our hygiene. Can you really believe we weren’t washing our hands as frequently as we’re supposed to? With the health regulations in place, we’re at least a little more conscious about our own health and are frequently making sure we’re clean. So, there’s really no bad outcome to this; we’ve actually gained a little insight into what’ll make us spick and span.
From a Click of Mouse to a Simple Scroll: We’re Going Online
Remember how the adults used to complain about having to rely on computers? That was the same case when we had to rely on online work; people were complaining that now they’re losing touch with reality. But with how fast technology is moving, it’s pretty safe to say that the new reality is doing everything online. From having to scroll through important documents to filling them online, life has certainly become easier. Because let's face it, we like the thought of doing everything from our homes and not having to go out for every little thing. Plus, it’s a major win-win situation for introverts and does wonders for social anxiety because now we can actually get things done without being forced to socialize. Natvisa is one of the leading providers at the moment for online application.
Traveling Only When Necessary
It’s fair to say that when the pandemic struck, travelers were nowhere to be seen. For many, this was one of the most unfortunate things to happen because all countries were imposing travel bans, and it was becoming really difficult to even fly out for work. But then again, the travel ban taught us how unnecessary traveling could be (and no, we’re not talking about hodophiles, people who travel for work, or people for whom traveling is a mental respite); crossing borders for fun had gotten really expensive and only when it wasn’t possible did people realize how heavy their hobby was on the pockets. Slowly emerging from the pandemic, most countries have now opened their borders, but tourists are only heading off to places for a long-deserved break and not just every other weekend. We can’t say we’re complaining if there are a couple more dollars to spend, right?
And there were a few nice changes that the travel ban brought too. Firstly, many places which were previously polluted by tourists saw a clean day and got healthier. Secondly, it was nice to not see the Kardashians--who were frequently making us jealous by posting beautiful pictures of their almost daily trips to outworldly islands-- or those Influencers and friends who somehow always manage to make their trip to their Bahamas come across our social media feed actually stay at home for once.
So, people have learned to balance their travel and life, and it seems that now tourism is thriving too.
Personal Space Revalued
We’ve all been through the childhood memory of wiping our cheeks when a family member gives an extra sweet kiss you didn’t ask for, and some of us have even had to normalize this sudden invasion of privacy. Everybody has their own personal space, and nobody wants it to be disrupted at random by anybody, so among the few good things that the pandemic brought is the revaluation of our personal space. Thanks to the health regulations, we can actually say no to an incoming hug or smooch and not feel guilty about it, and thankfully, we now have a good excuse to refuse handshakes from those people who somehow manage to make it a show of who can hold hands the hardest.
Even though vaccinations have begun and are pushing us toward a healthier outlook, we can still be grateful that now we don’t have to compromise our personal space for the sake of maintaining friendships.