Post-Covid travel

The new normal? Here’s how travel looks like in post-Covid era

What does traveling look like in the post-Covid era? This is the question that comes foremost in the minds of those who love to travel.

Looks like we are getting accustomed to the new normal, even when it comes to traveling. In any case, some of the technologies that were in vogue during the Covid era are sure to continue over time. Although these technologies ensure the safety of passengers, there are concerns that they may invade privacy. Here are some innovations that travelers continue to see and use.

Virtual, Augmented reality

Firstly, museums and tourism centers provided online displays and experiences in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) as Covid restrictions prohibited travel. One should use a computer, smartphone, or VR headset for a virtual visit.

Launched in June 2020, the ‘Explore Petra’ app provides an opportunity to ‘visit’ archaeological sites in Jordan. Arctic travel company Lights Over Lapland has developed a system that allows you to see the famous Northern Light when using VR headsets or computers. The Museum of Natural History in Paris has an AR exhibition that brings endangered species of animals in digital form face to face in front of the tourists.

And, do you know the experience of preparing the AR system at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC? They will show you what it would be like to have skin and muscles on top of the skeletons of some animals! The National Museum of Singapore has an installation called ‘Story of the Forest’. As a result, visitors travel can through a virtual landscape containing about 70 landscapes from the museum collection. Ensuring that AR and VR systems are in place at most tourist destinations to provide a refreshing experience to travelers on post-Covid journeys.

Controlling crowding

During the Covid era, different technologies are now in airports, railway stations and museums to ensure social distancing. Singapore has patrol robots that blast warnings at people engaging in “undesirable social behavior”; adding to an arsenal of surveillance technology in the tightly controlled city-state that is fueling privacy concerns post-Covid.

The government’s latest surveillance devices are robots on wheels, with seven cameras, that issue warnings to the public and detect “undesirable social behavior”. This includes smoking in prohibited areas, improperly parking bicycles, and breaching coronavirus social-distancing rules.
Cameras to trap criminals were used during the Covid period in Venice, Italy to track visitors to the city. The plan is to utilize this system to control the number of tourists in the
future as well. There is also a system for marking the exact position with a laser light to ensure distance. Technologies for social distancing will continue to exist in the post-Covid era.

UVC cleaning

UV-C light is used in hospitals for more than two decades to destroy viruses. It is now widespread in public places, including airports, gyms, and movie theaters. UV-C lights helps to disinfect handrails, doors, or armrests in public places. UV-C cleaning may be widespread in crowded areas. These UV light sanitizers promise to rid your tech and other household items of germs that might make you sick. On the UV light spectrum, there are UV-A, B, and C lights. Only the UVC light can kill germs. This light has a range of effectiveness, which interferes and destroys the nucleic acids of bacteria and other microbes. These UV sanitizers are helpful in disinfecting other items, such as face masks, retainers, glasses, or makeup brushes.

QR code in restaurants

You can scan the QR code to order food at the hotel or to pay the bill. The menu card, which has been in the hands of thousands of people for ages, is likely to be remembered. Digital payments will also be widespread.

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