Yesterday’s newsletter revealed an ESSENTIAL travel app in the post-coronavirus age by the name of DragonSlayer, which reveals real-time information about travel restrictions for countries all over the world (and much more).
So let’s conclude the week with another must-have tool for people who are about to resume roaming around the world…
COVAC GLOBAL aims to be the very first membership program that provides international coverage for COVID-19.
Operating on a 24/7/365 basis, this repatriation coverage program aims to help people who test positive for COVID-19 while they are outside of their home country. If you catch the virus, COVAC GLOBAL will cover 100% of the costs needed to safely fly you back to your home city via private aircraft. That’s it – no other medical requirements or conditions needed.
No other insurance program to date provides coverage for infectious diseases or illnesses causing an international pandemic. And for the very few who provide any kind of COVID-19 coverage, you have to be knocking at death’s door to have your travel costs to the NEAREST hospital within your tourist destination covered.
However, this coverage isn’t cheap. $999 for 30 days of travel is the starting price for a membership. COVAC GLOBAL covers individuals, but is rapidly expanding their service to organizations and family units.
If you have the money, go for it. Otherwise you’ll have to wait for your insurance company to provide this degree of coronavirus coverage.
Would YOU buy this insurance if you were traveling abroad for a month? Why or why not? Answer this question by replying to the newsletter!
Have Cruise Ships Been Unfairly Demonized as COVID-19 Hotspots?
Numerous stories have come out about the cruise line industry over the past seven months.
Whether it’s the horrific stories about trips being canceled due to one positive COVID-19 test, or the cruise lines burning through millions of dollars a day due to inactivity, everyone and their mother is avoiding them.
But contrary to popular knowledge, cruise ships are one of the most sanitized travel environments in existence.
Just think about the last time you took a trip with a reputable cruise line company: All of the rooms and facilities are cleaned to absolute perfection, sometimes multiple times per day. There were numerous safety procedures in place pre-coronavirus that guaranteed the safety and health of every passenger on board.
I’m saying this because even within the strictest protocols, there is always bound to be at least one case of coronavirus. It simply can’t be avoided.
Look at what happened with New Zealand – the second they have one COVID-19 case, the entire country freaks out and reverts to their original lockdown conditions.
In other words, it is not sustainable to immediately cancel trips because of one bad apple. At some point, a compromise between tourist profitability and passenger safety has to be made.
The Best Work-from-Home Countries Around the World in 2020
The trend in relocating towards the best states and cities for remote working is not just confined to the US. This movement is global in nature, with some people going as far as to move to a new country.
Surfshark, a virtual private network company, used a “Digital Quality of Life” (DQL) index to assess the best – and the worst – countries for working from home. 85 countries in total were analyzed using the following five metrics: electronic security, electronic infrastructure, electronic government, internet quality, and internet affordability.
Here are the 10 worst countries according to the DQL index: Nigeria, Pakistan, Honduras, Algeria, Kenya, Nepal, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Guatemala
But the best 10 countries were the following: Canada, Netherlands, Japan, Poland, United Kingdom, Israel, Sweden, France, Denmark, and Norway.
(The United States ranked at a disappointing 22nd place, in case you’re curious.)
Some useful knowledge for any of our readers who are seriously considering an exodus from the United States!
Reply to this newsletter and let us know which of the top 10 countries you would choose to live in for remote working if had the ability to do so!
COVID-19 Tests No Longer Mandatory for People Visiting the Dominican Republic
For those of you who have the Dominican Republic on your bucket list of must-see countries, it just got a lot easier to visit the island.
September 15th marks the official date where showing a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country is no longer mandatory. Testing at the airport upon arrival will be at random, rather than done at a mass scale across the entire airport.
This is part of their brand-new “Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan” that aims to strike a good balance between maximizing economic growth from tourism industry and minimizing COVID-19 transmission.
Instead, travelers will be offered a free travel assistance plan that lasts until the end of 2020, while covering tests for COVID-19 and long-term stays if a traveler needs to quarantine themselves.
For their sake, I just hope they don’t reverse their decision. It would be a deathblow to their already-failing economy.
The Real Advantage of Mass Emigration from Large US Cities
Large cities are going to face a temporary economic downturn as several inhabitants run to the hills for smaller cities that are less crowded and more affordable in nature.
But there needs to be a discussion about the economic benefits incurred by these smaller cities and/or larger towns.
(Fun fact: The population of Milwaukee, Wisconsin would increase 14% if only 1% of New York City’s population was transferred to the city.)
With more inhabitants comes a naturally higher demand for local attractions, new housing, essential expenses such as furniture, and many other goods and services. And considering that many of these inhabitants tend to be more well-off (higher salary, better education, etc.), some of the big-city talent will belong to these smaller cities.
All of these factors will bring a newfound perspective to the upside of small-town living. Places which were previously ignored by the majority of the American population will now become real estate hot spots.
Big cities will always find a way to recover, but this is a once-in-a-century opportunity to redistribute the wealth and talent that has exclusively belonged to them for ages. I say we take full advantage and strike while the iron’s hot!
Will International Travel Remain Environment-Friendly After COVID-19?
According to a 2018 study from Australian universities, tourism was responsible for 8% of the world’s global greenhouse gases in 2018. Of that 8%, the majority of these emissions came from high-income countries, and the percentages would only increase over time. As of July 2020, that number has dropped by nearly half to 4.6%.
This unprecedented drop in tourism-related pollution has been anecdotally reported in tourist destinations such as Venice and Los Angeles, where the waters are clearer and the skies are bluer.
Which begs the question: Once the coronavirus is under full control, can we realistically sustain this level of environmental friendliness? Or will it be impossible to restore the former economic prosperity of the global tourist industry without polluting the environment like we used to?
There are certainly technological advances being made to help with this problem, such as airplanes that are powered by alternative emission-free fuel sources. But even the exponential growth of the energy tech sector may not be able to help poorer countries who rely almost entirely on tourism for their economic output.
Sadly, an easy and simple solution does not exist to this problem. With hundreds of variables and factors to consider, hitting the sweet spot between “green” travel and “profitable” travel seems like a pipe dream for now.