According to Tracy Kaler, the global shutdown and a litany of travel restrictions, caused tourism to fall apart in 2020, resulting in the worst year on record. But with myriad international borders opening in 2021 travel is now on a rebound.
Although airline, hotel, and tour bookings have seen an uptick in the past six months or so, trips these days look decidedly different than in 2019. From transportation to accommodations to activities, the travel landscape continues to shift, as the coronavirus mutates—including the fast-spreading Omicron variant—requirements and restrictions evolve, and a new normal takes shape.
According to a trends report compiled by Zicasso, an online luxury-travel referral service headquartered in Mountain View, California, travelers are staying in one location longer, searching for more local experiences, and spending more money on vacations than they did pre-pandemic.
Some other trends include:
Organized Solo Travel
There has been a steady climb in the number of people booking solo trips in the past decade because the perks of traveling alone are numerous. Solo travelers can tailor an itinerary to personal interests, make their own schedule, and switch plans quickly.
Bookings for six or more people increased 57% from 2019 to 2022. Sometimes these vacations are celebration trips in honor of an anniversary or milestone birthday. And some are merely an excuse to reunite and make up for lost time.
The pandemic triggered a surge in private travel, from aircraft to yachts to villas and remote getaways, as folks looked for certainty and more elbow room while fleeing reality.
Covid has definitely shown us that there has never been a better time to focus on self-care, health, and wellness. The Global Wellness Institute states that the wellness market will grow 10% per year and reach $7 trillion by 2025.