Top 10 Travel trends 2021
Responsible Travel founder and CEO Justin Francis on how our travel priorities and habits may evolve post-Covid-19, changing tourism for the better …
A Malaysian cook handles half a dozen clay pots by Ash Edmonds
The expert guideDemand for upskilling holidays has rocketed in recent years. We want to learn and be taught. Expert and specialist guides will be more sought after. Learning traditional crafts and cooking skills will become a more integral part of experiencing a destination.
The fully escorted ‘rail and river’ overland cruiseA growing number of older people will opt out of traditional large cruises and look for overland alternatives – ‘rail and river’ tours will be fully escorted, including private and luggage transfers. We’ll see further growth in small ship and boat cruises – with specialist guides, personal attention, and a focus on nature and small islands.
The citizen travellerWe’ve seen a rise in people seeking deeper community connections through their holidays. Post crisis, we’ll be more mindful of local residents; what they’ve been through, and our role as guests in the place they call home. We’ll start asking how our holidays can genuinely benefit those communities. Volunteering, too, has a chance of rebirth - if it can learn some lessons and rebuild trust.
Low budget frugalMany of us have learnt to be more frugal, waste little, reuse and share things. Low budget holidays will be designed with the same principles.
Service over blingThe return of private jets? A worrying short term possibility. But for the vast majority, privacy, simple things done well, relaxed service and experiences will triumph over bling.
Space and healthWe’ll increasingly crave space, nature and a slower pace. Getting off the beaten track will appeal to the majority, not the minority. More of us will look to experience destinations in greater depth by cycling, walking and kayaking. Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Arctic destinations will fare well when restrictions ease.
Milestone travelWe’ll slow down and revert to how we used to holiday - with fewer, but longer breaks. Short haul will mean just that – a long weekend seeing family, or to the nearest beach. Bigger trips will be more mindful, rather than a recurring fixture – they’ll have purpose, mark a milestone or fulfil a lifelong dream.
Wild bears, Alaska by Paxson Woelber