A new study from the Transforming Travelers has just revealed what travelers are especially concerned about with in the age of the coronavirus.
Yes, people are traveling more often and they’re slowly starting to expand their comfort zone with respect to WHERE they travel. But that doesn’t mean they have some lingering worries, especially as over 75% of Americans say they want to travel much more within the next 12 months:
- 87% are concerned about their fellow travelers with respect to how they follow health guidelines
- 67% are more likely to judge others for traveling than they will their own selves
- 57% are more likely to travel with friends, and 64% are more likely to travel with children
- 50% will censor what they share on social media to avoid being “travel-shamed”
However, I expect the last point to change towards people talking more openly about traveling while the COVID-19 crisis is still underway.
As much as people get a serious high out of virtue-signaling and lecturing people who don’t handle the crisis exactly like they do, it gets exhausting. You can only lock people in their homes for so long before the human desire to explore the world re-emerges.
The fact remains that conditions for traveling are slowly starting to get safer, as numerous countries re-open their borders for domestic and international tourism. Restrictions are being relaxed, for the most part, and some countries are even offering remote work visas in a desperate attempt to restart economic growth.
Whether people like it or not, tourism is a MAJOR economic contributor for the majority of developing and developed countries. It leads to multiple billions of dollars per year in revenue while allowing hundreds of thousands of people to have stable, full-time work. You can’t just kill off the travel industry and not expect major societal consequences to come about.
Personally, I can’t wait until I can travel without having some harpy shout at me and call me a “grandma killer.” I just want to swim in the seas and explore the beaches with some peace of mind.
What about you? Have YOU noticed any difference in how people are talking about travel in recent times? Reply to this newsletter and let us know!
Bermuda Opens Up the Borders for Remote Workers
Joining the list of countries who are offering visas for digital nomads in exchange for 365 days of working and living in said country is Bermuda. The small island of 64,000 people has one of the highest testing-per-capita ratios in the world and they’ve only recorded 6 COVID-19 infections over the past 14 days.
Their $263 one-year residency certificate has had 317 people apply, with 144 people accepted thus far. Whether it’s “solo-preneurs” or entire families, the government offices are swarmed with requests from people who are willing to move to warmer climates as an attempt to escape their present circumstances.
Prices for accommodations are quite varied, ranging from anywhere to $4,000-$12,000 per month. And as you would expect, the majority of applicants come from countries like Australia, the US, and Canada.
Such is the move Bermuda has to make, where 11% of their entire labor force is derived entirely from tourism. Without this move, they’ll take years to make an economic recovery (well, more years than they would without this new visa).
$52,000 for a Luxury “Work From Paradise” Package in Maldives – You In?
The Maldives looks like a wonderful place to take a vacation any time of the year. But if you want the ultimate luxury experience in remote working, Nautilus has something you may be interested in.
They are offering a high-end remote working package that can set you back anywhere between $23,250-$52,000 depending on how many days you stay (up to 21 days maximum).
Here’s what you get with this extravagant deal:
- A personal assistant to take care of all your needs, including laundry
- Seclusion from the rest of the hotels and resorts
- Sunset cruises
- Daily yoga classes
- A desk and work station with an ocean view, right across the beach – portable projector, fax machine, printer, phone, high-speed Wifi, and anything else you could need
- Unlimited all-you-can-eat (and drink) food packages
Let me ask you this: Would YOU shell out tens of thousands of dollars for this package? I personally think it’s way too over the top, even for the wealthiest executive, but I could be wrong. Share your thoughts by replying to the newsletter!
Morocco Set to Reopen Borders to 67 Countries Worldwide
Royal Maroc Airlines, one of the major airlines providing international access to Morocco, has just approved 67 countries from which travelers can visit the country. For those who come from visa-exempt countries, they need a hotel reservation or an official invitation from a company based in Morocco.
Of course, you will still have to wear your mask during your travels. And you’ll have to comply with some rather restrictive COVID-19 measures once you’re there. But it makes total sense for a country with only 1,500 deaths and 80,000 cases of COVID-19 so far.
This is a big move for a country that has been on lockdown since March, slowly lifting restrictions just two short months ago. Due to the 1,000 new COVID-19 cases they get per day, they are still in a state of emergency until mid-October.
Just something to think about for those of you who are running out of potential places to travel to!
New Routes from United Airlines and JetBlue Coming Soon
You may not believe this, but some airlines are using the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to offer never-before-seen routes to their passengers. A smart move for people who have long hoped for their favorite airlines to finally offer service to (or from) select domestic destinations.
For example, United Airlines has decided to expand their international palette. Flights from major US sites such as Chicago and New York to places like New Delhi, Johannesburg, Newark, Bangalore, and other small cities within Hawaii are expected to be added. Some of these routes are easier to handle, while others are challenging for what their aircraft can handle.
JetBlue seems to be more focused on the southern regions of the United States, offering services to various Florida destinations along with the Caribbean, Cancun, Sint Maarten (not to be confused with Saint Martin), and Aruba.
All of these moves are being made in anticipation of where traveler demand will be the highest. And even then, these routes are temporary in nature. They can easily be replaced or flat-out deleted if the market demand simply doesn’t exist. But let’s hope that some of them stick around!
COVID-19 Will Be Incredibly Profitable for Resellers of Aircraft Parts
What do you do with grounded airplanes that are no longer being used? One option may involve disassembling them and re-selling the parts for a nice profit.
Believe it or not, there are companies who specialize in the selling of used aircraft parts to other aircraft manufacturers. Several airlines are looking to dismantle their planes entirely, and you can bet there are some hungry buyers. Said buyers are in some aggressive bidding wars to buy out-of-service planes so they can take them apart themselves.
As predatory as it is, I believe the airlines are actually in favor of this. They get to offload profit-lowering aircraft and lower their costs (parking, maintenance, etc.) while recouping some lost money. Companies selling airline parts will eat them up and sell them to airlines once they deem themselves ready to resume service at full capacity.
According to data firm Cirium, the number of dismantled planes is set to reach 1,000 per year through 2023. This is DOUBLE the number from 2016, and some data firms predict this number is as high as 2,000 per year.