6 things you can do to Support Travel Industry Amid Lockdown

As lockdowns continue around the world, more and more businesses suffer. Travel industry that supports millions of jobs around the world, directly and indirectly, has gone through a great loss and even after it will be lifted, the market will be the last to revive itself.

The World Travel and Tourism Council is has predicted that up to 50 million jobs will be lost in the tourism industry worldwide due to the effects and after-effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Travel industry in India, that supports millions of jobs and families has suffered a great loss.

Travel industry not only supports the travel agents, its employees, hotels and taxi drivers but also artisans, handicraft makers, maintenance staff at heritage sites and even travel writers like me.

It feels like the market won’t revive itself before 2021 so the situation is not good for those who had limited resources and were dependent on the market to meet their livelihood.

But there are certain ways to support the individuals who rely on the performance of this market. Without travelling, we can support the jobs that were dependent on travel industry.

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Ways to support travel industry without travelling in 2020

Shop local online

Many artisans have an online presence these days which makes them easy for them to reach a wider market and stay connected to the customers who once purchased products from their shops while travelling. If online delivery is available in your city, or if you can book a product by paying in advance then do it. It will motivate the artist and they’ll continue creating without worrying about selling the old stock first.

Buy gift cards to use later

Gift cards are perfect for shopping in future. Many Indian hostels, hotels and cafes are launching their gift cards that will be valid for multiple years. So after travel season is back, the card can be redeemed on your stay or food. It will help the staff and management of that said entity to keep the establishment running.

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Continue reading your favourite blogs and websites

Many travel writers and photographers like me rely on travel industry. If the readers continue coming then we are motivated to write more and show more. In the time of pandemic, people often stop planning for trips and hence stop visiting blogs and other social media profiles of their favourite writers. If the number goes down, then their motivation and chances of getting work in future will go down too. So make sure that you occasionally visit the blogs and leave nice comments that will motivate us to continue writing.

Buy ebooks and guidebooks

Many travel writers release their ebooks and guidebooks to manage expenses for their travels. If you know of any travel writer who has released their ebook or a guidebook then try to buy it so that they are able to continue with their life in the lockdown when they may not be earning much.

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Donate to the organizations that support community based initiatives

Responsible tourism is responsible for emergence of many entities that support community based initiatives. In India, there are a number of travel companies that promote responsible tourism and give back to the community. If you know of such entities that require donations to support the community that they work with, then please share some funds so that they can help those in need.

Here are a few organizations where you can donate –

Waste Warriors – Support of Waste Workers in Himalayas

Goonj – Support of daily wage workers

Donkey Sanctuary Leh – Help a donkey rescue centre operation in Leh

Dharamshala Animal Rescue – Help an animal rescue centre continue their work in treatment of abandoned animals

Attend online seminars/webinars/discussions

There are individuals who are organizing online workshops on baking, wiring, blogging, gardening, etc in order to reach more people. If someone you know is organizing a workshop for a fee (or free) then try to spare some time and be an audience. This will motivate them and help a bunch of creators and earn something when the market is shutdown.

This is a time when everyone needs mental and emotional support in order to get through. With your small attempts, someone will find help to get through this phase and come out strong and motivated.

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19 thoughts on “6 things you can do to Support Travel Industry Amid Lockdown

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  1. I like when you mentioned that people should continue reading travel writers content. It’s not easy being consistent especially with lock downs around the world but its great if writers know they can depend on their readers to show up.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great suggestions- everyone in the travel industry from bloggers to resorts and entire countries has suffered. But there are still great ways to support everyone if we try!!

  3. Great tip about reading blogs I saw no one else mentioning! As we bloggers rely on the travelers and traffic to survive, it’s good that you encourage people to plan in advance even if they can’t travel at the moment. Also, I myself love to plan everything and not stress about it just before the trip, so it’s even better like that 🙂

    1. Glad that you brought this point up. Reading blogs will encourage bloggers to continue creating. Good material should not go away in obscurity.

  4. Definitely keep reading your favorite travel blogs and websites! 🙂 And now after the lockdown, we are starting to plan our summer trip! Instead of asking to get our money back, we will support our local travel agency by booking future trips with them. 🙂

  5. great tips. for me buying local and continue reading other bloggers’ posts is the way to support others.
    And hopefully, the world will open up soon and we could all travel again.

  6. Thanks for highlighting all of the ways we can support, I think this is really important. Some of these I have already naturally adopted myself, but it’s so helpful to know of some other alternatives too.

  7. These are tough times for the travel industry including travel writers and bloggers who depend on the travel industry. It is nice that you have come up with ways to help. These may be small steps but can make a big difference.

  8. These are some great tips to try to follow right now. At first I was not reading travel blogs because I was sad I couldn’t travel, but I have recently starting reading again, and will continue to do so until the world is back to traveling again!

  9. Such a great list! Now that I’ve dipped my toes in the travel industry I’m getting to realize how huge an impact it has had due to the current crisis. I had actually looked up Goonj the other day – it’s a great initiative and I’m doing my bit to support it.

    1. Travel industry suffered a lot and the small businessmen have been hit the worst. I hope that you share some more creative ideas from your end.

  10. These are great ideas, especially gift cards. That is so awful to hear that so many jobs are expected to be lost, but hopefully they will come back once it’s safe to travel and people are ready to venture the world again. I think also just supporting local restaurants is another great idea. If you have a craving for McDonald’s go to a local burger restaurant instead. Same for groceries, if your town has family-owned grocery stores.

    1. Job loss is one of the very grave issues that happened with pandemic, travel industry or otherwise. I am glad that there are more people who are aware and are now purchasing giftcards to use them later.

  11. Great post! I love that you included donate to the organizations that support community based initiatives. Those initiatives must be finding so tough at the moment with fewer tourists coming through!!

    I hope that this Industry bounces back, but I also hope that this is a chance for it to change, pivot and start to move towards more sustainable travel…

    1. It is not only about donation. A lot of small homestays and hotels have started book now and stay later schemes. We can make sure of these schemes because our money is safe with a honest businessman and we can enjoy a trip in the future. This will help them sustain during these tough times.

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