2021 is the year of Brexit and the Covid-19 vaccine. However, 2020 left a lasting impact on many businesses, especially in the travel industry.
By the end of 2020, nearly 174 million jobs were lost in the travel sector as flights were grounded and borders closed. Jetsetters are keen to start travelling again as the vaccine gets rolled out and the virus subsides.
Here are some of The most popular travel trends for 2021.
Remote working from a tropical island
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Remote working has become the norm for most workers. The business world has undergone an enormous transition, and some companies are considering making remote work a permanent feature.
Fortunately, remote work opens up a whole new world of travel that is not possible for office employees. If you are working remotely for the foreseeable future, why not swap your grubby home office for a luxurious destination? Sounds idyllic, I know.
Co-working retreats offer a long-stay package for professionals who want to experience productivity boot camps, meditation sessions and a beautiful working environment. Turn your usual adventure holiday into a month-long vacation in the Maldives. Spend the day working by the sea, followed by a late afternoon snorkelling trip and evening yoga session.
The most luxurious remote working destination is undoubtedly Vommuli Island in the Maldives, at a staggering £185,500 per night for the whole resort. Embrace your Kim Kardashian by renting an entire island to switch up your home-office environment.
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Travel companies also offer flexible booking policies in case regulations and restrictions change in your destination of choice. Jetsetters are making the most of the windows to travel abroad and becoming increasingly spontaneous!
If you just need the luxury of flying, opt for a ‘flight to nowhere’ experience. Some airlines are offering the glamourous in-flight experience without even leaving the tarmac.
Glampervan road trips
Domestic travel is a little more realistic for the majority of people. With travel restrictions and quarantine regulations in many countries, a road trip might be the perfect holiday for you this year. Hire a luxury campervan and travel around the scenic coast of Scotland.
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Campervan holidays have been on the rise throughout the pandemic as campsite owners report record seasonal bookings for pitches. In fact, GoCompare saw year on year motorhome and campervan insurance quote activity increased by 107% in August 2020.
Campervan travel is one of the safest ways to travel in a pandemic with minimal contact check-in processes and your facilities inside the van. Make sure to book early before the popular dates sell out!
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Book a family break
Research some luxury Airbnbs for an extended family get together away. Friends and families can catch up on the time they missed during lockdown and enjoy some quality time together.
From plush country cottages to spacious seaside houses, renting a private home is a great way to stay safe with your loved ones.
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Sustainable conservation holidays
Millennials and Gen-Zers are becoming increasingly eco-conscious. They are looking for ways to travel more sustainably, including holidays that give back to wildlife.
Unfortunately, the lack of visitors to African safaris in 2020 has led to an increase in poaching because there isn’t enough funding to pay rangers.
Visit an animal conservation site this year and opt for a tour operator with a sustainable ethos. Give back to the communities and wildlife that have been worst affected.
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There you have some of The Most Popular Travel Trends of 2021
Now we’re turning it over to you.
Are you planning on travelling this year in spite of the current conditions?
Will you travel local or will you go the distance?
When do you think we will be able to travel more?
Tell us all about it in the comments below!
Until next time, hasta la próxima
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