At this point, do we really need to discuss how much COVID has affected the travel industry — and our travel plans? It seems pretty clear by now.
Trips have been postponed or canceled. In other instances, we’ve had to settle for destinations that didn’t top — or ever even make — the list.
However, it hasn’t been all bad, even if it wasn’t exactly what we would have planned under ideal circumstances.
But here we are — roughly two years into a pandemic everyone is tired of discussing.
My question is simple: What does this mean for travel?
Well, there are a few different answers to that question, depending on where you sit. My first guest on this new podcast says many people are opting to rent a house and take an extended trip, a move that allows them to mix business and pleasure.
Jonathan Wicks is the owner of Well & Good Property Services. His company provides short-term rental servicing, and he’s seen first-hand the changes in the rental market — more people are skipping the hotel and looking to stay somewhere they feel is theirs, whether it’s a rental house or apartment.
- Intro: “Down the Line,” recorded January 27, 2019. Written by Todd DeFeo, (c) 2019 by Todd DeFeo (ASCAP). From “12 Tracks.”
- Outro: “Don’t Know What I Can’t Explain,” recorded Fall 1999. Written by Todd DeFeo, (c) 1999 by Todd DeFeo (ASCAP). From “The Todd DeFeo Collection (1999).”
- This conversation has been edited slightly to remove some brief moments of silence and snippets of dialogue for the sake of clarity.
Podcast produced by Joe Nevark.