What will travel look like when we’re able to go on holiday again?
By Sarah Marshall
Although few people managed to pack their suitcases this year, as ongoing restrictions and border closures caused havoc, one day – hopefully in 2021 – holidays will be possible again.
Online travel platform HolidayPirates has predicted tourism recovery, when it comes, will be led by domestic and short or mid haul as safe corridors open up. Incentives and deals promoted by destinations, hospitality operators and travel partners will also influence the places people choose to book.
Here’s what else we can expect for when travel opens up again…
A quirky interest in nature
The pandemic has awoken a desire to be playful and appreciate nature, reflected in a surge of interest in hotels with hot tubs, lodges with treehouses and pet-friendly properties. Whether to fill Instagram feeds or satisfy a desire to relive childhood dreams, quirky mini breaks will appeal to all generations.
A revival of city breaks
Cities will be looking to lure wary tourists back when restrictions lift and confidence returns, and hotels are likely to be offering some fantastic deals. Urban centres such as Edinburgh and London will appeal to visitors desperate for culture and entertainment, while a lack of crowds will pull people overseas to popular spots such as Venice and Amsterdam.
A Greek odyssey
Greece and Cyprus have maintained a presence in the market through 2020, attracting summer visitors across the islands, despite dipping in and out of the travel corridors list. When travel is widely possible again, consumers are likely to feel more confident about booking both countries in advance, making them a popular choice.
A love affair with the Med
Italy and Spain will rebound when it becomes safe to travel, driven, in part, by repeat visitors who love the countries and want to return to their favourite cities and beach resorts.
Egypt, Malta and Croatia will also benefit from Brits returning to familiar places where they feel comfortable, particularly in destination resort ‘bubbles’ offered by trusted global brands.
A long-haul work in progress
To make working life easier, Dubai, the Maldives and some Caribbean countries are offering long-stay deals and less restrictive working visas to encourage digital nomads to pack their laptops and work from a new part of the world when it’s allowed.
With working from home looking to be a long-term or permanent change in many companies’ working policies, the prediction is for more extended trips in future. Hotels are offering a range of deals including onsite IT support and personal trainers, while private homes and villas give space, privacy and minimum interaction.
A switch to green living
As travellers become more eco conscious, destinations with reputable sustainability credentials are set to grow in popularity. Website Culture Trip has seen interest in Costa Rica grow more than 60% in the past six months. Celebrated as a leader in environmental policy, the small Central American country has pledged to become carbon-neutral and plastic-free by 2021.
Closer to home in Europe, Slovenia is flying a green flag. Declared the first Green Country by international organisation Green Destinations, it’s packed with natural wonders, including dramatic mountains and pristine beaches. Capital city Ljubljana is also one of Europe’s greenest urban areas.