Travel Talk: Are Homestays And Road Trips The Wildcard Post-Corona?

by | September 25, 2020, 13:39 IST

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This year, to create ‘Picture Perfect’ memories of our travel stories have seemed to be a tad bit difficult. International holidays have surely been on the hold. Scepticism in people to venture out, take a flight, stay in a hotel etc. has just been increasing as the days go by. But again, a break is something everyone requires. In fact, the increasing work pressure (although people are working from home) has been stressful too. In such light, Varun Arora, CEO and Co-Founder of Ekostay, sheds light on what will become the new normal for some time. 

Homestays
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Rise In Demand For Domestic Travel
Amidst this lockdown, we’ve noticed a sudden emergence of a concept of ‘work-cation’ which in turn has increased the demand for domestic travel. Which means you just take off to a city/town away from your home, for weeks or months and work from there. A place full of beaches or maybe a hill station, depending on what one is really looking for. All one needs is a decent WiFi connection and a sturdy well-furnished house.

Hence one can either opt for an apartment or a villa or a nice farm stay at an offbeat rural area. Just something to get out from the hustle-bustle of the city one lives in, to something which is much more calm, soothing and a pace which one wants in their day to day life.
Homestays Are Physically Distant

Homestays
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Given the current situation that we are in, social distancing is one of the major norms that one wants to follow. Which would be easily available at a homestay, rather than opting for a hotel. This would just mean, avoiding the crowd and engaging with lesser people.

Homestays would actually give you the opportunity of activities like gardening, planting or just as simple as living in the midst of greenery and nature, breathing fresh air at the least. This is something most of us look for in normal life but being in an urban setting, it's a difficult situation to have it all.
Precautions Are In Place

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Staff at homestays are is trained to follow the norms like wearing gloves, a PPE suit, having as much as less contact with the people, sanitising the place. When it’s a big setup these things can get lost in the interim and that is something that the guest fear, for eg has the room been sanitized before we walked in or even have the bedsheets been changed? These small things have shifted the mindset of the people to actually look for homestays instead of hotels.
The Advantage Of A Private Pool

Homestays
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Another important amenity people usually look for is a private pool. As the pool is private, you know it’s just used by the ones living in that house. Staff is trained well to clean and maintain it on a regular basis.  It’s difficult to maintain the social distancing norms if the pool is a common one. And above all, it is something to look forward to, to take a dip in your own pool after a long day at work.
Road Trips Work Well

Road Trips

Road trips are going to be the next big thing, especially for the ones who love driving. For the ones who don’t like driving, but want to be in contact with fewer people it works the best. Taking a flight or a train can be overwhelming, by just seeing hundreds of people sporting a mask or in a PPE suit. The fear that, has this seat been sanitised? Can I sit on it? What if the person next to me coughs? Anxiety steps in. A car with known people gives a sense of safety and security.

Paul Coelho states: “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal”. Yes, to get away from the routine, homestays and road trips are the new normal. Travel should not stop for anyone.

Also Read: Country Roads Calling: Road Trips Out Of Major Indian Cities 
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