Susan Sherren R.N., M.S. Health Communications Founder of Couture Global Trips, LLC
Jetting around the world has its perks- new places, great food, exciting adventures, and the chance to get away from it all. The travel bug is hard to shake. Before COVID-19, we traveled more than ever; The FAA reported a shocking 2.7 million passengers in 2018 flew every day in and out of U.S. airports. The U.S. Department of National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) stated," a staggering 93 million of us traveled outside of the United States in 2018". Corporate travel is also likely to resume to a more robust state in the coming decades. Statista reported- in 2018, U.S. travelers took 463.6 million domestic business trips. This figure was forecasted to rise to 493.7 million by 2022. The question is, how do we make the most out of our addiction post-pandemic?
The airlines have taken advantage of our drive to fly by scrunching seat space, cutting back on meals, paring back amenity kits, and so forth. Can you imagine if we could all fly in First Class and hold the coveted Executive Platinum (American Airlines) status? So how do we cope? Learning how to become a self-reliant traveler is an excellent starting point in our post-pandemic realm.