It’s no secret that COVID-19 has forever changed the way we travel. And now there is data to show that.
Airbnb released the top three trends that will redefine travel in 2021, and many of the forecast trends – driving-friendly travel destinations, remote working, and pod travel with family and friends – are an extension of the way people do the year In 2020, travel for the ride, because more has been foreseen on the horizon for a long time. The survey provides data and insight on how consumers are adapting to the new world of travel that includes social distancing and restricted air travel.
First things first, if you don’t plan on getting on a plane anytime soon, there are plenty of domestic stays near major U.S. cities. Airbnb is waiting for the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee; Durham, North Carolina; Breckenridge, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Colorado; Davenport, Florida, just outside Disney World; and the ever-popular Palm Springs, one of the top travel destinations in 2021.
“Looking back on September 2019 for travel planning in 2020, cities like Paris, London and Rome were top travel destinations for US guests. Next year, a number of inland locations in national parks, winter ski resorts and beach towns will be the most popular. ”The data also showed that in 2021 people will be leaving behind regular seasonal travel, which makes sense given that so many are working remotely is.
“On Airbnb, people who have the opportunity to work from anywhere actively book longer stays (two plus week trips) in small to medium-sized cities with access to immersive nature and spacious spaces,” writes Airbnb.
With people more open to low-key travel destinations and underrated spots more than six feet from their nearest neighbor, Airbnb predicts that domestic travelers will look for novelty in a different way, namely the shape and characteristics of borrowed homes. “Guests are broadening their horizons and looking for unique travel experiences by staying in unique stays on Airbnb,” the company says. “One of the hottest room types for US travelers next year is a variety of rooms that are known to use less energy and produce less waste.”
And while 2020 saw an increase in solo travel and isolated adventures, 2021 shows that people want to be more connected. Whether it is traveling close to family members or quarantining yourself with a group of friends, Airbnb explains that “pod” travel is for those who want to be together safely while also taking the risks of being with them Want to reduce connection with socializing with others.
All hope is not lost for exotic travel destinations and long journeys. Airbnb research shows people still have wanderlust to travel abroad after COVID. “When the pandemic is over and travel restrictions are lifted, travelers may travel to vibrant cultural centers, idyllic archipelagos and ethereal natural wonders first,” says Airbnb. Most popular travel destinations include Bogotá, Colombia; Seoul, South Korea; and Hampton, London.