After more than a year of global lock downs, there’s finally some good news on the international travel front.
As of today—even as Johns Hopkins’ online dashboard recorded 149,766,134 total COVID-19 cases worldwide alongside 3,153,812 deaths and counting—more than 50% of American adults over the age of 18 have received the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccination, including 50.4% of adults and 81% of seniors, and a quarter of Americans are now fully vaccinated according to the CDC.
More broadly, cases and hospitalizations also are down nationwide despite the emergence of new variants, and even California and New York City have pledged (tentatively) to fully re-open by June. In theory, at least in the short term, that means broader herd immunity, decelerating public paranoia, and a faster return to some sense of normalcy, particularly when it comes to travel and hospitality.
The new travel normal is here and everyone is ready for it
More encouragingly, summer 2021 looks like it might resemble something akin to 2019 for the first time in two years, with movie theaters, amusement parks, nightclubs, boardwalks, beaches, bars, restaurants, and concerts all looking to re-open over the next few months in virtually every state across the U…