When the coronavirus plagued the world, people’s lives were put on hold. One of the activities widely affected was traveling, be it for work, or for vacation. Yet as time moved on, so did the advancement of not only people’s resiliency but of vaccines as well.
In an Insider article, “Travel search engine Skyscanner told Insider that [back in] November 9, 2020, when news of Pfizer’s promising vaccine broke, searches for economy class round-trips from the US increased by 39% compared to the previous day. Bookings jumped 25%.” Predictions say vaccines will not be available to everyone until May 2021. So far, the vaccines have reached the age as young as 16. The article continued with “[Back in] November 16, 2020, when news of the promising Moderna vaccine hit, searches for economy class round-trips from the US rose by 63% compared to the previous day. Bookings spiked 17%.” The more promising the vaccines were, the farther people thought to go for future vacation post-Corona Crisis.
The article also contained a couple of people’s thoughts and reactions to the surge of bookings and economy class round-trip searchings. A TripAdvisor spokesperson previously said in a statement to Insider, “People’s desire to travel is resilient…What we’ve seen through SARS, Ebola, terrorist attacks, and numerous natural disasters is that the travel industry has always rebounded.” While Ross Dawson, author and futurist, told Insider in April “Humans need to travel. That is a fundamental aspect of what it is to be human.”
The pyramid graph shown below reveals the top 10 destinations searched back in Nov. 9, 2020, when news of the Pfizer vaccine’s 90% efficacy rate broke. The pyramid also shows the top 10 most searched destinations back in Nov. 16, 2020, when news of the Moderna vaccine’s 94.5% efficacy rate broke.
Although we are technically still in the COVID Season, and haven’t completely irradiated the virus yet, it’s hopeful to know we are in the home stretch to returning to some normal. Once that happens, it won’t be long before travel will soon resume.