What Travel Trends Will Affect Us in 2021?

There is no shortage of opinions on what the state of travel will look like in 2021. After all, we are in uncharted waters.

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But with widespread vaccinations on the horizon, one thing is sure. Getting back to “normal,” may also be just around the corner for travelers itching to get back out there and see the world. Which trends are we watching? Here are just a few to consider.

Vaccination Vacations
When news about COVID vaccination approval hit last month, it didn’t take long at all for countries who’ve largely eradicated the pandemic (like Australia and Vietnam), to say they will require a vaccination certificate for visitors. Qantas has already implemented a plan to require it for all flights. And further, plans for a vaccine “passport” that shows your vaccination status are already underway, since it may take many months or even years to reach herd immunity round the globe. Freedom loving Americans might not take too kindly to this level of bureaucracy.

How do you feel about travel vaccinations? Are you willing to vaccinate before traveling internationally or will this cause you to stay home or pick another destination?

Health Trumps the Perks
The airlines and hospitality industry got the message (in terms of decimated revenue) loud and clear. For now anyway, health concerns and staying safe are the top priority for most travelers. To that end, experts say we’ll continue to see technological innovations in hands-free check in and more of a reliance on smart phones and apps to help guide travelers through their travel journeys.

Will health and safety concerns still be top of mind once a vaccination is widely available? How do you feel about the greater reliance on tech measures to help keep us all safe?

Longer Trips Will Rule
This trend is perhaps an inevitable one. When quarantines first became a thing in travel, it put a large cloud over the idea of the weekend getaway. But people are nothing if not adaptable. Now, travel experts predict people will plan for longer stays, to give themselves time to meet whatever bureaucratic red tape with which they have to comply and still enjoy their vacation. And on a practical note – many people whose 2020 plans got sidelined may have extra vacation time/PTO saved up at work anyway!

Do you plan on taking a longer vacation next year to make sure you don’t get cheated out of your rest and relaxation?

Bucket Lists for the Win
Travel writers say people sidelined by COVID in 2021 are putting their travel budgets into “go big or go home” mode for the latter part of 2021. Maybe a splashier hotel is on the menu for the yearly family vacation. Maybe you’re taking a more YOLO approach to your next holiday – going for a bigger, more exotic experience.

Tell us if your getaway plans are bigger and bolder for 2021.

Domestic or International?
Some experts predict more Americans will actually be staying stateside for just this reason. The trend to stay closer to home has already hit a lot of Americans, some of whom have been pleasantly surprised with the wide-range of amazing vacations found here. While individual countries’ vaccination restrictions are still up in the air, many Americans who are skeptical of vaccinations or who’ve been put off international travel might be looking in their backyards for interesting travel experiences.

Are you planning to stay closer to home in 2021 or are you itching to get back out there and explore other cultures?

Off the Beaten Path
When the pandemic hit, it caused a lot of folks to pivot away from the hustle and bustle of big cities. More rural, smaller towns actually are having a moment, especially in the U.S. Will this move to “get away from it all” continue? Now that people put “health and safety” at the top of the list, it stands to reason that the more remote destinations will continue to shine.

Do you have a secluded spot you’re eyeing for 2021?

We’re All In this Together: Low Impact Travel
One byproduct of living in a pandemic is that it sharply pointed out how one person’s actions can have an impact on the greater world. Tour operators and travel agents have reported a surge in low impact tours – the kind of small group, low carbon footprint vacations that were a bit more niche prior to COVID.

Do you think we’ll see a return to larger group travel next year?

Please share your thoughts on what travel will look like next year in the comments below. We’d love to hear how you’re reimagining and adjusting your travel in a post-pandemic world.

10 Comments

  1. Restrictions of any sort = No Deal no matter how cheap it is. They will eventually figure it out when no one is going anywhere and the airlines and tourist industries start to go broke. Ordinary people will not be able to even afford to travel since even more restrictions prevent people from making a living. Good luck Cheapair but I and many others are not going anywhere especially when I am accused and presumed sick with C19 by my own government and it’s up to me to prove otherwise. Now they will not even let you into your own country because one is guilty of being ill and they have to test in a foreign land to even board a plane to get home. The hysteria and fear is staggering.

  2. I do not know anybody around me ( and I know a lot of people) who have any plans of getting vaccinated, including my family. We travel abroad every year. We plan to travel abroad next year and definitely hope there will be carriers who will not mandate the vaccine. We are okay with testing prior to travel,but that is it. We do hope airlines and airports invest in technology like UV light or others, on long haul flights especially. Thank you for asking!

  3. I think animals should stay back home when you travel. I would love to take my dogs everywhere, but we need certain boundaries especially during these times when extra efforts are made to keep air clean. Once we get over this bump I’d have no problem.

  4. It’s depressing – it’s confusing – losing family member and great musical artists In my own world makes me sad to see people not washing there hands in men’s bathrooms during this pandemic at Orlando airport and Houston Airport – due to living in such a selfish society it is important the structure or travel is safely first for all – I want everyone on the planet to be able to travel – but we must learn to be ambassadors from whoever we are from – my fiancé is in Thailand and. Would be happy to have the vaccination as soon as possible and washy washy washy always – with a vaccination passport in hand and insurance

  5. If I need vaccine to travel I will probably postpone the trip. I am also exempted from wearing mask so that’s just an extra complication. Even though Human Rights Commissioner said that there has to be accommodation for people who can’t wear a mask and businesses can’t ask about their medical issues, airline companies still refuse services for people who are exempted and request doctor’s letters. It’s very disappointing.

  6. My family all work in the medical field. My two offspring are both nurses and have struggled through this COVID-19. They have worked many hours overtime to save lives. I very personally, find it selfish of individuals to not mask and not vaccinate. There are those people who can not get vaccinated because of extenuating health reasons. We, who can get vaccinated, should do so to protect them. Everyone in my family is getting the vaccination. I personally see no problem carrying a vaccination passport. In fact, I think it is a great plan for the future for all of us.

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