After saving for months and months during the pandemic, young people want to travel and according to Kilroy Norway, the travel virus is bigger than ever.
NRK writes that travel agency Kilroy saw more demand than ever before in January and February 2020 and all indications pointed to the year being a good year for young travellers.
But in March 2020, everything changed, and two years of pandemic left their mark.
“We had to lay off almost all of our employees. There were times when I was alone at work,” says Morten Møllevik, sales manager at Kilroy in Norway.
The revenue the agency was supposed to make disappeared with cancellations as opportunities to travel disappeared. Møllevik describes 2020 as a hibernation for the travel industry.
But with restrictions lifted in many places around the world, there is light at the end of the tunnel again and times are changing rapidly. Now that it is possible again, young people want to go out and discover more of the world.
“Many are extremely eager to travel. They have saved money during the pandemic and are ready to travel,” says Møllevik and adds that Thailand, Costa Rica, Maldives and Sri Lanka are popular destinations.
Among the young Norwegians who have caught the travel bug are Maja Løvaas and her friend Silje Rosvold. They are currently five weeks into a two month trip to Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia and the Maldives and at NRk they say turtle diving, game drives and surfing are some of the many things they they have already made during the holidays.
Maja Løvaas says that they have both always loved to travel and have known for a long time that they wanted to take such a long trip.
But although the world seems to be opening up again, covid-19 is still placing restrictions on travel and the girls have had to change their original itinerary and first fly straight to Sri Lanka instead of the Maldives.
Maja Løvaas explains that because Silje had covid-19 at the end of January, they were denied boarding the plane to the Maldives despite her having a recovery certificate.
Nonetheless, the girls are happy to be out of Norway and Maja Løvaas says ‘traveling during a pandemic gave us some entry issues, but once you get into the country it’s absolutely fantastic’.