It’s time to think about your travel plans before the year 2021 ends. Perhaps you have travel booked, or maybe you’re just thinking about it. Either way, these are some travel trends and important things to know and consider before booking and traveling in the coming year and beyond.
Timing is everything in traveling
Picking the right time to travel (and to book) in 2021 and beyond is important. Those who book too soon may have to cancel due to border closures and travel restrictions. If you wait, prices may rise as there’s a crazy rush to travel.
It’s true — timing plays a big part in traveling in 2021. Taking trips in 2021 will be different from holiday travel back in 2019. We can’t predict the future, but it may be best to consider fall and winter travel this year.
Whether we’re still in the throes of coronavirus or things have improved, taking a summer vacation is also never a bad idea. Plus, if COVID cases are still high, summer weather makes it easy to do outdoor activities, dine al fresco, and have social distance.
Booking cancellable/changeable travel will still be key
Timing is a less stressful concern if you book cancellable or amendable travel. Airlines are making this easy for passengers. Some carriers have permanently eliminated change fees for the standard economy and premium tickets. Hotels and rental properties are offering generous cancellation policies too.
It’s never been easier to cancel travel, just read the fine print and make sure to understand the cancellation terms before booking.
People will go further and stay longer nowadays
Jetting off every other weekend isn’t quite as easy as it once was. Travel takes a bit of conscious organization these days, from making sure your rate is cancellable by triple-checking border and arrival rules to getting travel insurance that covers COVID-19.
Travelers may take fewer trips this year, but these trips may be longer and more curated. As airlines have dropped many routes, you may find it takes longer and requires a few layovers to get to your chosen destination. Once you’ve gotten your negative COVID test or you have shown your vaccination card as proof that you are vaccinated against COVID to enter a country, or carefully organize a socially distanced itinerary, it’s worth staying at your destination a bit longer after all that hassle.
People may be traveling even further too. After a year stuck at home, many have realized that if they want to take that bucket list trip, they have to seize the moment.
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