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Coronavirus: Will travel change forever?

Summer vacations look a little different when you can't be near others. Museums, crowded beaches, restaurants and all manner of tourist attractions are suddenly off the table. Even if the world is able to reopen in some ways, the economic consequences of the temporary shutdown of the travel industry could be long lasting. Not only are families choosing different trips altogether, but the trips themselves have transformed. Camping trips are taking the place of resort vacations, and lines at Disney World will allow for 6 feet between guests. Will travel ever be the same? 

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The Washington Post's Hannah Sampson and Natalie B. Compton detail how the travel industry will change in every facet, from traveler habits to seating on planes to tourist attractions themselves. According to some experts, high-density places like airports might never look the same (imagine walking through security or walking onto a plane without ever having to touch anything except your seat). Furthermore, travelers' final destinations will look different too—that is, if they can even afford to get there. Sampson and Compton write: 

Many cities around the world depend on international tourism and have felt the hit during the pandemic. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the decline in international tourism for the rest of 2020 could translate to $910 billion to $1.2 trillion in lost revenue for the industry.

Sampson and Compton say cruises might permanently swap buffet lines for temperature checks, and for those who prefer to remain on land, private home-sharing options are taking the place of more communal hotels more and more. 

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Plus, not all travel is for vacations anyway. Industry experts are worried business travel is at risk as well. 

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Some are more confident things will return to normal, even if it takes quite a bit of time. The Washington Post's Sampson and Compton spoke with Rick Steves, the famed writer of travel guidebooks. Although Steves harbors concerns for longterm changes in travel, he maintains hope: 

Steves is confident those beloved aspects of going abroad will make a return after the pandemic subsides.
“You go to an Irish pub to sit next to a stranger and drink beer. You go to France to have your cheeks kissed,” he said. “I think that’s going to come back, but it’s gonna be a while.”

Plus, there are still plenty of options for safe destinations where travelers can continue their own self-quarantine away from others:

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