What Happens When the Travel Ban is Lifted?

Are you tired of Tik Toks, Instagram music covers, This or That questions in people’s stories, and searching for another sourdough recipe? We’ll safely assume, yes, you are. You’re probably dreaming of the day when we can return to normal and get on with the lives we had planned before COVID-19. If you’re following our coverage, you’re more than likely dreaming of a vacation.

Was your annual trip, weekend getaway, honeymoon, or anniversary ruined by the virus? You’re in a welcomed company as the travel industry ground to a halt seemingly overnight. Some politicians are calling to re-open the country immediately. Some medical experts say that’s an unwise decision until we understand the virus and how to treat, cure, and/or prevent it better.

Regardless of your political ideology, you most likely aren’t traveling much right now. But it won’t be this way forever. We all have the future to look forward to when we can take those trips we had planned, or maybe have planned in the coming months. But, what is the travel industry going to look like right when the shelter-in-place orders are lifted?

For one, things are going to be hectic, and airfare is likely going to skyrocket. People are going to rush to their laptops, phones, and Denver travel agents to try and get something on the books, meaning demand is going to go way up, and supply is going to drop. You can either book now while fares are low, but run the risk of shelter-in-place being extended, or wait it out and try to beat the rush.

The destinations are where you should focus your caution, not because any places are more likely to have lingering cases of COVID-19, but that everywhere will have a concentration of people again, likely some who are carriers of the virus, and we may see a second spike and wave of infections. It may be wise to wait things out a bit once the lockdown orders are lifted, just to be safe.

Plenty of people are protesting shelter-in-place and ironically contracting the virus, but it’s a glimpse into what may come when we’re allowed to travel as we once were. Things are strange, and a little caution goes a long way. Contact us for more information about Denver travel agents, upcoming travel plans, and our recommendations for travel during these strange times.

This Weekend’s Shelter-in-Place Workaround

You’re cooped up. You want to go outside and just get out of your home for a bit, but the shelter-in-place order is still in effect. You’ve gone for drives, you’ve walked around the neighborhood, or the local park, you may have even taken up running. Anything to keep you from sitting on the couch binging Netflix and Doritos.

We’re all going a bit stir crazy. We’ve got cabin fever, it’s driving us insane. But we’ve got a suggestion to help you get out of the house, get some fresh air, and relax, all while practicing social distancing like a pro.

Go camping.

That’s it. That’s all it takes. You’re combining a long and peaceful drive, hiking, probably swimming, fishing (as long as you get the license), and whatever other outdoor activities you’d like to toss in the mix – all while staying (way more than) six feet away from everyone. It’s a relatively cheap hobby to take up and you get to see some incredible, beautiful, and breathtaking sights.

Sleeping bags are cheap and affordable from Amazon, Target, and Walmart; you can easily pick up some pots and pans suitable for outdoor cooking if you want to go beyond the basic hot dogs and marshmallows; get an affordable hatchet and chop some already dead trees for firewood (it’s typically illegal to cut down live trees).

Camping is a great way to explore nature and get some alternative forms of exercise. You’ll likely also get on a healthy sleep schedule, especially if you’re like the many who are experiencing strange mini bursts of insomnia. In reality, a break from social media, since that’s pretty much all we can look at, is a welcome idea. Picture yourself wandering around the woods, or taking a dip in a pond, or lake, and drying up by the fire, before you cozy up in your sleeping bag in your tent under the stars.

Then you wake up and have an open day of exploring and relaxation. Is starting another new show really that much better?

We hope you stay healthy and safe during the quarantine and can get the supplies to go for a quick weekend camping trip. Let us know if you’d like any additional tips for success!

Book Your Next Trip Ahead of Time

While we know you’re stressed, anxious, and exhausted with COVID-19 news, the sad reality is that we need to continue practicing social distancing and limited travel while we all work together to flatten the curve and spare immunocompromised people from risk of catching the virus. You may have had travel plans when all of this spiraled, and that’s unfortunate that your plans likely were postponed, if not outright canceled.

Traveling is a wonderfully enriching and exciting activity to be experienced by all people for any number of reasons. Honeymoons, annual trips, anniversaries, or even just to get away for a few days to recharge your mental batteries. New sights, new smells, new foods, new adventures. And yet here we all are, stuck inside.

If there ever was a silver lining, a small glimmer of hope and optimism, to be seen through this nightmare, it’s that you can book your next vacation and save some money. Flights are cheaper, hotels and other abodes (Airbnb, hostels, etc.) are open, and you can capitalize on that to make up for lost time.

Picture it, once things start to resemble normal again, you can pack your bags, head to the airport, and fly off to your next great adventure. Canada, Mexico, Europe? You name it, it’ll be there waiting for you. And once the coronavirus is under control, you won’t need to worry so much about mandatory quarantines when you return. You’ll simply be able to go and be a tourist (if that’s your thing).

Maybe that can be a fun activity to pass the time and plan ahead: look and see the top three places you’d like to visit within the next year. Once you’ve decided, give us a call and we can help you plan the perfect trip to guarantee good times and fond memories. For the time being, please, stay safe and take it one day at a time, but know that this isn’t permanent and we’ll all be able to be the jet setters we’ve dreamed of being soon enough.