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Author: Frederic Dimanche, Toronto Metropolitan University, Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Professor and Director, Wayne Smith, Professor, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Toronto Metropolitan University
We all realized the importance of the COVID-19 pandemic when the government asked us to stay home in winter 2020.
Canadians were once again given the go-ahead to travel, but the government and media instilled fear of travel, with many choosing not to travel.
We are not out of the pandemic yet, but things are getting better in terms of restrictions. Taking the EU as an example, the lifting of restrictions resulted in his 182% increase in international travel in the first three months of the year from 2021 to 2022.
And while some prefer to stay at home and avoid international travel, many would like to fly but face difficult travel conditions. increase. Flights are delayed or canceled and people stand in line for hours. Emotions run high when you miss an airport or flight, or lose your luggage.
So is it worth traveling now?
Revenge travel and the labor crisis
On the one hand, the good news is that many people have overcome their fear of travel during the pandemic. , longing for time to visit other places and see friends and family I haven't seen in the last 30 months.
Revenge travel — a term coined to define people's need to travel after being deprived of it — and nostalgia for travel is driving people's return to travel. And Europe is a top destination.
In the first three months of 2021, Europe welcomed nearly four times as many foreign tourists as her, while the United States welcomed more than twice as many.
Meanwhile, the recovery in travel faces a labor crisis. Employers are struggling to hire top talent after many people left due to job losses due to the pandemic. result. Travel confusion.
From lost luggage to missed connections to canceled flights, airports are struggling. Toronto Pearson Airport, in particular, has had a bad reputation over the past few weeks, ranking "worst in the world" for the number of delayed flights (more than 50% of all flights) between the end of May and July 19.
Immediately. will be modified to Probably not. But airports like Pearson say they're seeing improvements. In the meantime, it's a safe bet that travelers will get used to paying more for poor quality service.
There are plenty of health benefits}
Still worth the trip. We know how important travel is. Travel to reunite with friends and family, escape the usual lifestyle and discover other landscapes and cultures. Taking vacations, even for short trips, is actually good for your health and wellness.
Travel has many health benefits, including recovery from physical and mental fatigue, improved family relationships, and happier people. Researchers have shown that leisure travel satisfaction is positively related to quality of life. Some studies have even shown that restrictions on international travel have unintended negative health and social consequences.
Holiday travel is recommended, but be careful: Air travel experts say there is more chaos in cards and more chaos in air travel. increase. Labor issues, a major reason for the disruption, are unlikely to go away anytime soon and will continue to affect all tourism sectors, from transport to hospitality to attractions.
Travelers shouldn't be disappointed as the benefits outweigh the costs, but it may be time to consider alternative forms of travel that have less of a negative impact on the environment. That means being closer to home, not flying, and favoring domestic tourism. As an alternative to international tourism.
The key to a successful trip is to properly plan your trip, consider alternatives that may be required, and review and double-check travel regulations and restrictions. Because it is subject to change, even while traveling.
Make sure you have digital copies of all relevant documents (passports, prescriptions, vaccination records, etc.) and pack at least two days worth of clothing in your carry-on (or all) . Also remember to be respectful of the people and countries you visit (for example, wearing a mask may be encouraged or required in some countries and public places).
Finally, be patient, flexible, and willing to adventure.
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