We’ve been about 6 weeks or so into the lockdown in Los Angeles, and I don’t know about you but I’m starting to go stir-crazy. But one thing I did was participate in a conference via Zoom with Women In Travel called WITS where we discussed the future of travel after the lockdown is lifted. It got me thinking about travel for Baby Boomers in particular.
Use the lockdown to up-level your life.
Although the lockdown is maddening at times, it can also be a blessing. Some people have been using it as a time to reflect, reassess, and reprioritize. For those who have drastically lost income, it’s causing them to rethink what they’re doing as far as how they are generating cash flow. I can only imagine the horror they must feel as they see their retirement accounts shrinking down to nothing.
As an actress and online marketer, I don’t have a retirement fund and instead live by the seat of my pants as an entrepreneur. However, I control how much I make. Still, I love getting my Social Security check each month.
LOLA, who was one of our conference speakers, offered these tips:
- In your isolation, work to become a stronger version of yourself.
- Reinvent yourself to create a better outcome.
- Use this opportunity to connect and join new communities of people who share your same interests.
- Take this time to give your passion roots so you can grow them.
- Think about those who are sitting next to you and taking care of you. Are they who you want to be with after the lockdown is over? Some relationships will improve, while others will become worse.
- Listen to your body and take care of yourself – No one wants to get sick right now.
- Collaborate with people who have the same values and create something bigger than yourself.
Although she was addressing these tips to travel bloggers, they apply to anyone who wants to better themselves.
About the future of travel for Baby Boomers
As older adults, we’re at higher risk of catching the virus. Even when the lockdown is eased or completely lifted, we’ll need to be extra careful. You may want to hold off on taking a cruise right away and avoid booking long flights to faraway locations.
That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to go wherever you want in the future but it’s going to take quite some time before a vaccine is developed. It doesn’t make sense to put yourself at unnecessary risk.
Baby Boomers will need to take baby steps when it comes to future travel opportunities. Start with local travel in a location where fewer people are around. Instead of planning a trip to a large Metropolitan city, visit a small nearby town with wide-open spaces
Businesses in small towns will be hardest hit by the lack of tourist trade and will need support. Why not jump in your car and take a road trip 30 minutes or even several hours away from where you live? Visit a wine-region, beach community, forest area, or campground.
If you have an RV, this will be the perfect time to take advantage of it. Or, if you love the water, rent a sailboat.
When the parks are all open again take advantage of your Senior National Park card if you bought it before the lockdown because nothing is as majestic as the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands. (Sales are currently suspended until further notice)
Avoid booking a stay at a large and bustling resort for quite a while. A better option would be to book an Airbnb or HomeAway.
If you do stay in a hotel or take a plane, train, or bus, keep wearing your mask and bring sanitizing wipes to clean surfaces.
Have more picnics
We need to be out in the sunshine whenever possible to breathe fresh air and enjoy nature. Continue to order takeout to support local restaurants and grocery stores, but instead of eating inside, think about taking your food outside. Enjoy a picnic in a park or other nature spot so you can socialize and social distance at the same time.
We may not go back to “normal” anytime soon
As much as we would like things to be the way they were, it’s hard to predict what the future of travel will be. For all we know, it may not be the way we’ve experienced previously. Let’s hope that’s not true. We all want to get back to watching a ball game in a stadium, enjoying a concert, seeing a show, and having big family gatherings. But, unlike those who think their freedom is being taken away, we as Baby Boomers are not expendable.
We deserve to live in safety and enjoy the rest of our lives in good health. The sacrifice we’re making now will allow this to happen sooner than later. Be careful out there. When you take risks, you put others at risk. We can do this.
To many wonderful and exciting trips in the future as we continue to travel. Where do you plan to go as soon as we’re allowed to travel again? Please leave a comment below.