By Craig Erwin, Ph.D.
Planning to travel this summer? You are not alone. After hunkering down in their houses or apartments for two years, people are anxious to get back in the air. After being unable to travel for two years, people yearn to explore the world again. And they have the money, after spending little during the pandemic (except on take-out and gadgets from Amazon).
International travel has bounced back strongly this year. It is nearly back to pre-Covid levels. During much of the past two years, travel shriveled because of the risks and hassles that Covid-19 brought. To ride out the pandemic, people hunkered down at home and worked remotely.
Now, even though concerns about the pandemic remain, many of us still wear masks, and a war is raging in Ukraine, international travel is robust again for the first time since 2019. Of course, most travelers are steering clear of Central and Eastern Europe, due to the war, and instead heading for destinations further south.
Of course, traveling in 2022 isn’t easy or trouble-free. China still has strict Covid-19 measures restricting traffic, which limits travel, and a number of other countries still have Covid-19 restrictions. Airlines have yet to restore some flights that were cancelled during the pandemic. And some travelers have to contend with delays, cancellations, and crowded airports; issues that often have nothing to do with Covid-19. And travelers still have to be concerned about getting stuck overseas if they test positive for Covid-19.
Hopefully you will be lucky enough to travel this summer and it will be relatively hassle-free. It’s been way too long, hasn’t it? Bon voyage!
Do you travel internationally for work or pleasure? Do you have travel plans this summer? If so, do you expect to have many difficulties?
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