The components that usually used to run away from a great city are now many reasons for travelers to stay away. Crowded museums, restaurants and public transport are not appealing in the time of Kovid-19, when we are encouraged to socially distance to reduce the risk of contagion.
Avoiding the big city
Although US citizens can travel to Mexico, many are opting for more remote locations like these ruins in Chiapas, as opposed to traveling to Mexico City.
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Minford canceled a trip to Mexico City in March but is eager to travel as soon as it is safe to do so. She says, “As soon as I am welcomed to support one of my favorite tourist destinations with tourism, I look forward to traveling there.”
Mexico is open to American tourists, but as Minford has not yet realized that visiting Mexico City he is visiting family in rural areas of the US. “A remote trip feels safe. It’s less likely to accidentally make someone sick because you’re barely seeing someone.”
Is it open too?
The decline in city holidays is a result of advising people to avoid crowds, indoor activities, and high-risk attractions. Travelers are also harassed for fear of being trapped in a city that is liable to return to quarantine.
Broadway closed through May 2021 and Times Square in NYC is looking very different these days, with many travelers passing on an urban vacation.
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(It remains to be seen what a trip to Aspen will be like in ski season.)
Road Trip and R.V.
Staying in a big city hotel is out; RV Is traveling
“A road trip from the middle of America provided much needed peace,” says Irwin. “I have to thank the epidemic for showing the beauty of America and the healing nature of traveling in rural areas.”
Major tourist groups have evidence suggesting that the epidemic has encouraged travelers to overcome the city’s breakdown. Amtrak Holidays told CNN Travel that train trips to city destinations are down 8% compared to the same time last year. US rail service has seen a decline in trips to New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC
Visitor spending in the US capital city was down 81 percent ($ 6.5 billion) from March to September with hotel revenue of 89% ($ 1.2 billion) compared to the same period last year, according to the city’s Tourism Board.
Beckford had plans to travel to cities around the world this year, but instead is visiting smaller locations in his home state of Virginia. She says that rural areas were thrilled for travelers supporting the local tourism economy as large cities usually receive all tourist traffic. Beckford wishes to visit friends in Los Angeles, but has chosen to avoid major cities.
The epidemic has spread to places like the Blue Ridge Mountains in the midst of the epidemic.
However, travelers in Italy are still opting to visit destinations in a country with a small population. “The Italians are looking for more remote options for bodies of water, such as the preservation of nature, as well as oceans and lakes. For the Italians, London and Paris were replaced with the Etna Mountains and the Madaladena Islands,” Carson Stelfox Loya Says, a manager. GetYourGuide.
Due to the epidemic, travelers such as Patricia Estrada are choosing to visit Italian cities such as Calabria (pictured) instead of large European cities.
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Florence-based Patricia Estrada usually goes on weekend trips to European cities. Due to the epidemic, he is visiting Italian cities such as Calabria, La Spezia and Corniglia. “I feel that by traveling to a bustling city, I am contributing to the spread of this virus,” she says.
Other Europe-based travelers, despite visiting cities, have decided how easy it is to travel between the continent’s major cities because city travel is not an appeal only during the epidemic. Yasheen C., a travel blogger from Portugal. Had plans to travel to London, but ever-changing rules and restrictions placed him in Portugal. She is taking road trips in the country and stopping in less-visited towns, deliberately stopping Lisbon to reduce the risk of getting infected or infecting the virus.
“It seemed like a good decision to keep it away from cities,” she says. “The idea of ’running away’ in a city has lost its appeal. Especially with new regulations requiring less capacity or opening hours for many establishments, it doesn’t seem worth the time, effort, or money. is.”
Even small towns have won. In Finland, despite the relatively small number of Kovid-19 cases, overnight stops in the capital of Helsinki decreased to 75 and from March to June. Half of the overnight businessmen in the city were traveling. Haley Mend, Head of Visit Finland North America shared that tourism typically generates 1.6 billion euros annually in Helsinki.
Relatively smaller cities such as Helsinki have also seen a decrease in visitors, many of whom are choosing to spend time in more remote parts of the country.
It is no surprise that all travel planners Groan booked for the European capitals for 2020 were canceled. One of his customers wanted to go to Paris, but decided to wait and go in the future when he would not have to worry about the restaurants and sites he wanted to visit would be open.
Flexible city trips are nearly impossible because many bucket-list destinations and restaurants require advance reservations. For example, the Louvre is open, but it is recommended to reserve a time slot in advance to guarantee entry. “People are simply not showing interest in spending their holidays missing what they are missing,” comments Groen.
Deadly Virus – It is easy to reduce the risk by avoiding the epicenters of dense urban areas. Until a Kovid-19 vaccine becomes widely available, a city halt is likely for most travelers.
Urban travel will return, but by then travelers are expected to continue their spending in remote tourism as an epidemic.