There have been unprecedented restrictions on travel this past year, and this has had a massive impact on the travel and tourism industry. But what does the future of travel hold?
It has also impacted many people on an individual level, preventing them from exploring the world and engaging in adventure and relaxation anywhere, except for in their own homes.
Sadly, we can expect these restrictions, as well as other factors to shape the future of travel in the next few years.
Restrictions will lift – slowly
I know that most people are willing to get back to normal as soon as possible, with regards to travelling. However, we are probably a long way off from things being normal again – although we anticipate restrictions will lift slowly.
That means once the vaccine rolls out, you can expect certain locations to become accessible again. Although, other locations will probably continue to remain off-limits until they have the virus under control.
Sustainability on the rise
We anticipate the future of travel will be much more concerned with sustainability. What this means is travel needs to be more than just transporting holidaymakers to the most in-demand sites. Instead, it needs to be done more responsibly, especially concerning the use of transport such as planes, boats, and other vehicles.
Additionally, the preservation of important historical and cultural sites will be prioritised, guaranteeing that they will be around for future generations.
Staycations to boom
While staycations were something we had no choice over in 2020, the tourism industry and holidaymakers alike have definitely recognised the value in vacationing closer to home.
Of course, as things begin to open up again, a staycation doesn’t mean you have to remain at home. Instead, people will likely consider travelling within their own home country, exploring the sights and delights that it has to offer rather than going abroad.
The good news is that such breaks can not only be fun but cut the hassle of long haul travel, be better for the environment, and even save money too!
Community integration will matter
If your idea of travelling is to hold up in an all-inclusive resort, and not leave for two weeks then you may be in for a big change. Yes, that is right along with a more sustainable approach to travel you can expect those doing the travelling and those residents in the locations and communities to which they travel to be much more integrated.
What that means is a shift in perspective. With the opportunity to travel being less about ‘tourism’ and more about being a guest of the culture in which you get to explore.
These kinds of travellers will be happy to interact, be educated, and even contribute something of value to that culture rather than just absorbing everything of value and then leaving.
In particular, opportunities to stay with local families, getting involved in local projects, and taking the chance to get off the beaten tourist track will be vital. The good news is that there is plenty of information online that can lead you to the right experiences for a more integrated travel experience.
One that you can expect a lot more of in the future.