Editor’s note: In light of COVID-19, please review federal, state and local traveler guidance. Please also check with hotels before booking to confirm they are open and operating with safety precautions.
In a year that challenged us to rethink every aspect of our lives, a few new travel trends were bound to emerge. Luckily, what this year took from us in terms of ability of travel, it also gave back to us in terms of ingenuity. Travelers today are getting outside their comfort zones and finding pleasures in the unknown. So, what travel trends do we expect to stick around in 2021? Flexible airline and hotel bookings (see ya, cancelation fees!); the workcation and investing in extended stays; discovering remote corners of our own homelands; trips rooted in mindfulness; getting there by road, or better yet, via car-camp or an RV; and supporting small and BIPOC businesses all along the way.
When it comes to 2021, the world of travel is still hard to predict, of course, but what we’re seeing clearly is that this ingenuity will survive, and the landscape will look a lot different than it did pre-COVID-19. Armed with some current data, conversations with experts in the industry, the glimmer of a return to normalcy and, well, a dash of intuition, here are all the 2021 travel trends your inner wanderlust will come across this coming year.