Top Travel Trends Expected in 2021 by CMC Events & Travel
Ready to reschedule some of those postponed 2020 vacations? NC-based leisure travel planner Cara Cartee of CMC Events & Travel has travel tips to keep you safe and smiling. As a result of COVID-19, many of the top travel trends expected in 2021 look slightly different. River cruising, glamping and road trips are expected to remain incredibly popular. Here are Cara’s top travel trends expected in 2021:
No-fee trip changes: We expect this to continue for airlines and hotels through 2021.
Resort destinations: Although, pricing will remain high due to increased demand.
Multigenerational travel: We have missed our families, and we will travel together again.
Bucket list trips: After rescheduling and cancelations, people are ready to travel BIG!
Philanthrotourism/carbon negative travel/emergency conservation: Find a way to give back to the community where you are traveling.
Remote island escapes: People want to be somewhat secluded, and in areas with reduced population.
OOO: Permanently out of office, and working remotely?! We expect this trend to continue from 2020.
School-cations: See above, and insert families.
COVID-19 Travel Trends
- Travelers should think about the upcoming months in three phases: pre-vaccine, post-vaccine, and post-COVID-19. The length of time and the conditions of each phase are variable – if there’s one thing we’ve learned during this pandemic, it’s that nothing is set in stone.
- There is no ’end’ point, but there is a vaccine! During this time of the vaccine rollout and even afterwards, it’s likely we will all need to continue to live and travel with many of the same precautions we were taking prior to the vaccine. We will continue to see mask mandates and other restrictions.
- Many countries are rolling out ‘at home’ COVID-19 test kits prior to travel (‘Fit To Travel’ kits), as well as airport tests for immediate results prior to departure.
- Tip: Follow cruise news, as the cruise industry tends to be the trendsetter in travel. Most cruises are still suspended through March.
- Future: Vaccine passports! While this is not happening any time soon, there are a lot of companies working with countries on how this will work.
Plan Your 2021 Vacations, Carefully
Short term bookings will continue, but due to the popularity of resort destinations we recommend that you research and book at least three months prior to your preferred vacation dates. Resort destinations will sell out, even during ’shoulder’ or ‘off’ seasons.
Does the thought of planning a vacation while working or taking care of children sound like a headache? Contact Cara Cartee of CMC Events & Travel at 919-397-4141.