With over half (53%) of global travellers responding that they won’t be comfortable traveling until a coronavirus vaccine is in place, it may be a long time before we experience the world as freely as we did previously. However, when travel does resume, booking.com has revealed five emerging trends for 2021 based on our travel preferences.
Over a third (37%) of travellers have already considered booking somewhere to stay in order to work from a different destination. No longer confined to five days a week in an office, it is predicted that the 'Workcation' will become a popular trend, with travellers looking to extend their vacation experience in new locales by staying an extra week or two to work remotely.
Many countries, such as Mauritius, Barbados and The Cayman Islands, have introduced a year-long visa in an attempt to attract long-stay visitors. These visa has been designed to attract retirees seeking a Covid-safe haven, professionals who wish to come with their family and work remotely or family visitors who have children studying.
Research has revealed that over half of Brits (51%) plan to use future travel as an opportunity to reconnect with loved ones. It seems that having had extended time apart from friends and family has inspired future travel plans with family at the focus.
A domestic trip seems the easiest way to reconnect with all generations with The Cotswold's ranking high thanks to its quintessential British charm, traditional market towns, natural beauty and some of the county’s most impressive castles and palaces.
It is believed that the pandemic has amped people’s awareness about their impact on the environment and local communities, as a result over half (53%) of global travellers will want to travel more sustainably in the future. More than two-thirds (69%) expect the travel industry to offer more sustainable travel options and travellers will consequently visit alternative destinations in a bid to avoid traveling during peak season and overcrowding.
This desire also means that 63% will stay away from crowded tourist attractions, indicating that destinations will need to adapt new, smart crowd management measures to appease travellers visiting their country.
It's what everyone has been dreaming about whilst in lockdown, relaxation and luxury - relaxury. Having endured the stresses and frustrations of canceled holidays and confined spaces, clients are looking for that get-away-from-it-all trip with no expense spared!
Wellbeing and mental health are of particular importance now more than ever before which is fueling the trend for yoga retreats. Pair this with a white sand beach and offer clients the ultimate 'zen' experience.
With many travellers feeling apprehensive that future travel plans could be disrupted again, there will be an increased demand for a quick weekend trip. The report suggests that over half of UK travellers (52%) want to take more shorter breaks in 2021 than they did in 2019 to minimise any disappointment. A further 32% revealed their preference would be a weekend break for their first trip once restrictions are lifted, showing travellers’ desires to be able to escape reality, even for just a few days.
Stockholm is an ideal weekend escape for those craving a city break. Encompassed by water, the Swedish capital has acquired the nickname ‘Venice of the North’ and with a short flight time of just over two hours travel time will not eat into your days away.
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