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    Travel Trends That Will Rule The Post-Covid World

    Traveling has been a passion for many of us, be it for business or leisure. The travel sector may have seen the volumes dip but it has seldom faced a complete lockdown of the operations in the last few decades. The pandemic led to such a rare situation for the travel industry and the sector was probably the worst hit by the pandemic. Sure, the COVID-19 crisis has left us with some important learnings we will take forward. Experts are still considering the extent of the damage caused but the travel industry is ready for a resurrection.  Looking at the current scenario for travel, we can notice a few strong changes across the entire travel sector. Some trends have already been adopted by players to build the future of travel in the are normal. Let’s take a look at them.

    No contact service

    Just a couple of years ago, the pre-departure recreation at the airport was a huge draw for commercial air passengers. Cut to today, these recreation activities have become a luxury. They have been replaced with safety and hygiene and many organizations are deploying digital tools like artificial intelligence, biometrics, and digital identity management to ensure no contact service. They are not innovations but the pandemic has accelerated their adoption across the industry and we are slowly moving towards a no contact service for everything associated with travel.

    More leisure travel

    With work from home and business travelers in short supply, destinations are welcoming a new cohort of digital nomads. It includes digital nomads, older couples, and young families. The role of the destination here is to inspire the remote workers by offering them consistent incentives to stay for as long as they want to. This has opened up new travel opportunities for remote centers like Athens, Brisbane, and Medellin. The experts at Early Air Way have seen a large number of people spending on high-end luxury travel for special occasions. They have also seen a surge in the demand for renting a charter private jet to Las Vegas post-pandemic.

    Anti-social tourists

    A lot of people were hoping to see their friends and family after the quarantine rules were lifted but in the pandemic, travel became much more than seeing a person or visiting a landmark. It became all about the sensory experiences. People are looking for sensorial travel which is all about the sounds, sights, and smells we have been missing for the past two years. We will see this trend rule 2022 and beyond. There will be a surge in the demand for contemplative spaces, events like backpacking, jungle safaris, and more. It is not just what or who we see when we get there but how we feel once we are there.

    Local travel stays

    Due to the lockdown across the world, many travelers are choosing local over global. They are opting for short trips to domestic destinations that offer optimum safety and hygiene. It also helps avoid the different quarantine rules between countries. We will continue to see this trend grow in the coming years. It will also create the need for cluster travel plans. There is a lot to enjoy and explore in the local destinations and this is where the interest lies today.

    Outdoors

    It was important to maintain social distancing to contain the spread of the virus. Hence, when selecting a destination, travelers looked for outdoor and open spaces like forests, beaches, and natural parks. Even if they were traveling to a city, they looked for outdoor adventures. As a result, more than 70% of the national parks, nature camps, and beaches have reopened for tourists and it offers an opportunity to make the most of your family holiday. The destinations have unique staycation options where you get high-speed internet and a workspace while you explore a new destination. It is a trend that will give rise to new models of travel and has become the New Normal for all of us.

    Staycations

    Several destinations have shifted focus from international travelers to local citizens and this trend was already emerging before the pandemic hit us. People are looking for low-impact and more sustainable travel which has led to the trend of staycations. Hotels tried to diversify their revenue streams by offering unique staycation packages. They range from 3 days to 30 days and offer all you need for a relaxing time at the hotel. This is a great way to fight the likes of Airbnb. The traditional staycation activities including caravanning and camping will go premium as people start to explore destinations closer to home.

    Some countries have started to use automation and analytics to stay at the top of the New Normal but many others are still trying to scale up the infrastructural arrangements, costs, and skills to offer the new travel experience. We will also see some amendments in the policies related to travel. They will help ensure safe travel with complete adherence to the guidelines of the local authorities.

    MikiMo
    MikiMo
    I have spent the past 15 years in the travel industry. Today focused on promoting different ways of traveling, I'm in the process of creating few travel websites, which will be launched shortly. I have a great passion for travel and the travel industry. My goal here atTtripOutlook is to connect to other proffessionals in the travel industry and to exchange experience.

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