Post Pandemic Travel Trends that will Re-define Travel and Tourism as we know it

Post Pandemic Travel Trends that will Re-define Travel and Tourism as we know it
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7 Travel Trends that will Re-define Travel


Travel as we know it, is going to change drastically, and for good. 2020 has given us time to take a step back, and re-think on our activities. There were plenty of destinations that faced the brunt of over-tourism in the past, and this lock-down has helped restore the balance that had been lost. 

Going ahead, travellers will be more conscious in their travel related choices. They will look out for more offbeat destinations, away from the crowd, and will yearn for more meaningful experiences.

With travel slowly getting back on track, here are 7 such post pandemic travel trends, which I feel, will re-define travel and tourism as we know it.


Domestic Tourism over International Vacations

Travelling that too internationally, is hardly something that people are looking forward to these days, primarily because of the dynamic nature of travel restrictions, that keep on changing. Instead, people are starting to take interest in less heard off places, in their own backyard.

More so, lesser known and lesser crowded destinations that have a more nature and outdoor oriented character, have become more attractive in 2020. Be it trekking, camping and hiking in the Himalayas, or visiting some of the best national parks in India, nature-oriented travel is more appealing than city-oriented travel.

Choosing such nature-oriented destinations, also ensures that you maintain a safe distance from others.

Also, going local is going to help pump in money into the local economy.



Road Trips 

Not only is taking a road trip the safest mode of travel going forward, it gives more opportunities to the travellers, to just re-wind and re-connect at their own pace.

The best thing about road trips is that there’s no fixed itinerary, no time frame and no crowd involved, and taking a road trip to an offbeat destination is an enriching experience. 

Don’t you agree?



Experiential Micro – Holidays (7-10 days) 

You know that old age habit of saving and going for one long and grand trip in a year, well that’s going to change, moving forward. What’s going to happen, is that people are going to be splitting that one long haul trip, into multiple micro holidays, or short haul trips of 7-10 days, and that too, to offbeat places, closer to home. If there’s one thing that 2020 has taught us, is that travel and freedom is indeed a luxury. 

For example, people in South India, might prefer taking a 7 Day Road Trip to Kerala, whereas people in North India, might prefer doing the 7 – 10 Day Road Trip to Uttarakhand. People in West Bengal, on the other hand, might end up taking these Road trips to Offbeat Himalayan Destinations.

It’ll be safe to say that in the post pandemic world, travellers will be opting for such mindful micro holidays that are rewarding in nature, where emphasis will be given on experiences more than anything else.



Staycations / Workcations

This is one of the things that will help revive the tourism industry the most. Working from home has become the new norm, and that is irrespective of location. All one needs is a stable internet connection, a conducive workspace, and they are good to go.

With the current situation, it’s safe to bet that a lot of people are dying for a change in their surroundings, and there’s nothing better than taking a stay-cation or rather a work-cation, to a quaint location, surrounded by nature. 



The New Normal – Social Distancing | Safety and Sanitization

As health and safety will be the most important aspect related to travelling in the post pandemic world, having a mask on or using sanitizers every now and then and maintaining social distancing, will be something that travellers themselves will need to take care, for their own health and safety, especially if they plan on travelling. 

Travellers also might end up staying at those places that have effective safety and sanitization guidelines in place which are enforced by the staff at all points of contact.




Flexible Booking

With things changing at a dynamic rate, the ability to make any flexible bookings – be it for accommodation or for transportation, is going to be a complete game-changer. It works both ways, the business owners can take bookings for the future with an advance payment, and the traveller gets cheap deals, while having the flexibility to change dates due to any unforeseen travel restrictions.



Contactless Payments

Just like how demonetization led to the rise in digital payments, similarly the current turn of events, have led to the rise of contactless payments. 

While contactless payments have become the norm in many countries, contactless payment is going to be the game-changer in the Indian market, with the introduction of SBI Card Pay, a mobile payment solution that allows the users to make fast and secure payments of up to Rs. 2000, without the need of entering PIN & by simply tapping your phone! With this new way of making payment, you don’t have to carry your physical credit card with you anymore.


How can I make payments using SBI Card Pay?

One may ask!


Simply by using the SBI Card Pay feature present on the SBI Card Mobile App and tapping your Android smartphone on an NFC enabled Point of Sale (PoS) machine.

Here’s the step by step guide on making contactless payment with your SBI Credit Card using the SBI Card Pay feature:

  • Register your SBI Credit Card for the SBI Card Pay feature on your SBI Card Mobile App 
  •  Unlock your Android phone
  •  Tap your phone on the PoS machine & pay! 

On successful payment, you will receive a payment confirmation SMS on your registered mobile number.


But is it secure?


Yes, not only is it fast and safe (no physical contact involved), but also secure, as it authenticates the transaction by verifying your android smartphone screen lock, fingerprint or PIN. The App further encrypts the card information that is transmitted to the merchant’s PoS machine. Hence, the physical credit card information is never shared nor exposed at the PoS machine.

Intrigued? Check out this video about SBI Card Pay.

So, what are you waiting for?

Go Contactless and start using SBI Card Pay today!

In case you are interested to know more about the various other contactless payment offerings by SBI Card such as Scan & Pay, Contactless SBI Credit Card, click here.


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