The Return to Travel: A status report

At Naked Pirate Travels, we closely monitor the situation with COVID-19 in the U.S. and around the world. The pandemic has created unprecedented disruption and job losses in the travel industry since early 2020. International travel, in particular, has been hit hard by the border closures as nations deal with the pandemic. However, how does the situation for the return to travel look now? Are things getting better, worse, or about the same? Is there a possible timeline to consider for getting back out there, free and excited to explore again?

The short answer: The situation is improving. Let’s look at how there may be cause for cautious optimism as it relates to the return to travel.

COVID-19 in the U.S.

  • U.S. COVID-19 cases. The daily U.S. case load in the U.S. has begun to decline. This wave has been fueled by the Delta variant. Track the daily trend HERE. If this trend of declining cases continues and IF another coronavirus variant does not emerge and spread like Delta, then travel in 2022 looks quite favorable.
  • In the U.S., 76.5% of adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination. Read the details HERE. This number continues to slowly increase. The more people get vaccinated, the more likely we will end the pandemic. Of course, that also presumes people around the world will continue to receive vaccinations also.
U.S. COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 around the world

  • U.S. re-opening to international travelers. The Biden Administration just announced that fully vaccinated people from other countries will be able to travel to the U.S. beginning in November. Read the story HERE. The reopening of borders in all nations is the key to truly allowing people to travel freely again.
  • Global COVID-19 cases. Global cases for COVID-19 across the world are also decreasing. Click HERE to watch animated maps of the progression of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. In the image below, the plot in the upper-right corner is the number of global weekly COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.
Global COVID-19 cases

Concluding Thoughts: There is a good chance that the COVID-19 pandemic could be officially over in early 2022 if vaccinations continue around the world, if the vaccine inequity issue is rigorously addressed, and if a new, more contagious and lethal variant doesn’t appear. It’s been a long, hard road for everyone, but maybe — just maybe — life can return to normalcy in the coming months.

Published by Paul Hardersen

I am the CEO of a startup nautically-focused travel company, former associate professor and research scientist, traveler, lobster lover, and now doing what I can to help preserve the planet for future generations. The ocean is the key.

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