The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has caught the planet off guard. With the cascading impact of COVID-19, the global economy has been significantly affected. One of the major industries reeling under this strain is the travel and tourism sector. The current statistics released by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) suggest that the travel industry could shrink by up to 25% in 2020. Needless to say, startups in the travel sector are suffering the most from the pandemic.
Headout, a New-York based travel startup, is an online marketplace for curated tours and local experiences. Currently present in 30 cities and quickly expanding to over 50 cities by the end of 2020, Headout is often listed among the must-have travel apps.
Early last month, Headout’s mission — to help people discover the wonderful planet we live in — came to a screeching halt with the virulence of COVID-19 and the global lockdown that ensued. Today, most borders are sealed and more than half the world is holed into a work-from-home set-up. Best selling destinations that had thousands flocking in February have turned into ghost towns now.
To keep the travel community inspired and entertained through this rather grim period, Headout has come up with an enterprising solution – Headout from Home. One city at a time, Headout is building a valuable virtual resource to remind the travel community for their shared passion of discovering new experiences. Travelers can indulge in a range of activities from the comfort of their home — virtual tours, local music playlists, travel books, TV series, movies, recipes and more!
Be it Italy, Spain, Paris or London – the aromas of our authentic paellas recipe, a copy of Under the Tuscan Sun or Headout’s Social Distancing Playlists on Spotify will teleport you to nooks of a city you never knew existed! The company calls it a “quarantine savior”, something to take travelers virtually to faraway lands, until the world settles itself and one can set off on their next vacation!
Besides the Headout from Home project, Headout is also actively helping their local partners in over 35 cities navigate choppy waters by kickstarting fundraiser campaigns and operational back-up plans.
The travel industry is constantly evolving with advancements in technology. You don’t necessarily need to travel to Paris to catch a glimpse of Lady Iron. You can simply google “virtual tour of Eiffel Tower” and you can see every inch of the sky-piercing iron structure, including the panoramic vistas from atop! While nothing tops the joy of traveling, visiting different countries, experiencing new cultures and discovering lesser-known parts of a city; the internet now allows you to transport yourself to another city with a click of a button.
Today, you can watch a MET opera performances online, contemplate art at the Rijksmuseum, walk the Alaskan glaciers (minus the cold) and watch a baby gorilla being fed, thanks to zoo webcams. During such times, we can’t help being thankful for the advancements in technology!
The merger of travel and virtual tours is engaging travelers around the world and allowing brands to move to a ‘try-before-you-buy’ model. This partnership is a clear winner and is here to stay even once the pandemic is long gone.
Experiencing the world we live in is fundamental to our collective happiness. Headout’s mission is to unlock this happier world by connecting high-quality experiences with millions of people, giving them the opportunity to be entertained and inspired. Over 5 million happy guests use and recommend Headout’s platform for the delightful booking experience!
Headout has grown 16x and has served guests from across 190 countries. The company has offices in New York, Bangalore, Berlin, London, Dubai & Hong Kong.