Nature, domestic and rural travel are the top travel trends this 2021.
Tourism, hard hit in 2020 by COVID-19, awaits recovery, but with the pandemic still with us and changes in travelers’ priorities, new models are emerging that will shape the future of tourism this year.
1. Domestic Travel
Domestic travel is trending in destinations. People will not want to or will not be able to fly far and will look for destinations closer to where they can travel by car. They will also leave the big cities and prefer the countryside, mountains, and coasts. And less massive destinations will be sought, a great opportunity for emerging or less popular places so far.
2. Nature tourism
This activity is quite diversified and revolves around contact with nature and its preservation, so it is deeply linked to sustainable tourism. It will gain strength due to the appreciation of nature and green spaces after having been confined at home or in big cities for a long time
3. Rural tourism
Cottage rentals, camping stays, outdoor activities, and sports will be in high demand. During the pandemic, the alternative of rural and nature tourism has become increasingly popular. Tourists want to travel to small communities, usually rural, in order to experience their lifestyle and culture or, in some cases, to disconnect from the city.
4. Wellness tourism
Wellness tourism is a direct branch of health tourism that aims to achieve physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being. For this reason, tourists choose destinations that offer activities related to each area, such as yoga, meditation, or spiritual retreats. This type of tourism is becoming more popular as the concept of mindfulness spreads and as society becomes more aware of the importance of connecting with the planet and with ourselves.
5. Booking flexibility
With the current pandemic situation and uncertainty, flexibility will be key for many travelers. Airlines know this and many have included insurance and contingency flexibility, as have hotels and hotel chains.