2020 was the year that disrupted the travel industry and lay waste to many of our plans. This was the year when we all stayed inside our homes and said goodbye to all those big travel plans on our to-do lists. Now that 2020 is finally coming to an end, travel in 2021 promises to be full of epic adventures and great possibilities, all the while not forgetting the potential danger of Covid-19 (yes, the virus is still here).
So, while we don't know what surprises 2021 holds for us, we do know of the trends that will be popular. Travel in 2021 will become more creative as several restrictions will continue to be lifted. The new year will bring with itself newfound possibilities of exploring local attractions, travelling the off-beat paths in our own country, embracing the outdoors like never before and so many other things. In fact, travellers now have a refreshed awareness of sustainability and responsible travelling. So, in case, you were wondering what the future holds for us in the new year, we are listing down 10 travel trends that will become popular in 2021.
As we all shifted our bases online in 2020, it became a lot clearer that, going forward, a lot of businesses might shift towards working from home. And with this new change, people realised all they need is electricity and a good internet connection to work from anywhere while travelling to their hearts fill. Workation is what the word literally means – work+vacation. Several companies have come up with brilliant travel plans for people willing to blur the lines between work and leisure, making workation the biggest trend of 2021. Read more about it here.
When the pandemic started, one of the first things to shut down were aviation services. This had given a push to road travel as travelling in personal vehicles and rented cars emerged as a much safer option. Therefore, it is highly possible that the trend will continue in 2021, as travellers will continue to choose road trips over flights, as undoubtedly it is a one-of-a-kind experience. It's perfect for travellers of all ages and families and is socially distant by design. Additionally, you have control over where you want to go next, thus opening up a plethora of options.
3CREATING A BUCKET LIST
If Covid-19 hampered your big travel ideas, then this is the perfect time to research about all the big plans you have made for yourself. As creating your bucket list is going to be the biggest trend in 2021. With the restrictions around the virus changing every day, you have a lot more time in your hands to do in-depth planning and saving for that dream trip you've always talked about. So, saving is the next big thing. Good news, the travel industry has become more than flexible with cancellation policies, so this is the time for you.
Due to travel restrictions, foreign borders have been constantly opening and closing. To deal with such uncertainty, travellers could turn inwards and choose to explore their own country more. And boy, there's plenty to see in India. This is the time to visit all those remote destinations you have only heard or read about but gave up on them for that trip abroad. So, go on hikes, trek to your hearts fill, visit famous local destinations, and do so much more. Because 2021 will be about exploring the gems that the country holds.
Travel Bubble is an agreement between two or more countries that open their borders to each other only. This helps facilitate travel between countries while keeping in mind all the health restrictions and safety of local and international citizens. This is a trend that will continue to evolve in 2021 also, possibly on a smaller scale. Right now, India has travel bubble arrangements with several nations. Read more about it here.
6SEEING TRAVEL AS AN INVESTMENT
The pandemic has put a lot of things in perspective for us, including travel. People now know that it is important, more than ever, to see travel as an investment more than a luxury. They have realised the restorative power that spending time outdoors can have. Travel will now become an investment to broaden the perspective, meet new people, experience cultures and uncover culinary gems. Spending longer time at destinations to experience the place more, will now take precedence over weekend getaways.
The biggest trend of 2021 is going to be people embracing off-grid travelling. People are every day becoming conscious of the overwhelming impact they have on their surroundings and vice-versa. At present, we are always connected socially. But while travelling, more conscious travellers will be willing to leave their gadgets behind and get their money's worth. People will invest in experiences that prove to be fulfilling. Another part of travelling consciously will be planning ahead, which will give rise to several satisfying moments during your trips.
2021 will see people rethinking the way they see tourism and opt for sustainable travel. They may weigh the value of each trip, make it really count and also be responsible for their carbon footprint. This, in turn, will promote slow and remote travel plans. In 2021, people will choose to stay at one place for a longer period to experience the culture, travel more deeply, promote local businesses, be a responsible guest and much more.
9SAFE AND CLEAN TRAVEL SPACES
The travel industry and tourists have become more careful about the safety and cleanliness ever since the pandemic began. 2021 will see more PCR tests on arrival, mandatory masks, sanitisation being the top-most priority and cleaner surroundings. Even tourists will be more aware of the places that they are staying at, what they are eating and reviewing places that they are choosing.
The solo travel trend is likely to gain even greater momentum. Since travel was steamrolled by the pandemic this year, the coming year will likely nudge travellers to wander on their own. After all, solo travelling is possibly the most socially-distant way of travelling right now. If people do decide to travel in groups, it is highly likely that now people will travel in smaller groups and with people they closely know.