These Travel Trends Marked 2020

These Travel Trends Marked 2020
2020 was one hell of a rollercoaster ride for the travel and tourism industry Photo Credit: Shutterstock

It has been a challenging year for the travel and tourism sector, to say the least. We look back at some of the most popular trends that emerged in the post-pandemic times in 2020

OT Staff
December 31 , 2020
04 Min Read

This year has been one of pretty massive changes which have altered the tourism and hospitality landscape forever. Health, hygiene and social distancing have been shaping travel through 2020, with reports indicating that over 90 per cent people view health and safety as a key consideration. Over 80 percent travelers gravitated towards reputed brands for their travel plans. With around 90 percent people keen to resume travel, more and more travellers have been exploring the myriad beauty of India, leading to a rise in domestic travel.

Here are some of the key trends that have carved the path of travel in 2020.


Self driving was considered as the safest mode of travelling this year
Over 80 per cent people indicated interest in traveling with family and loved ones, resulting in the growth of driving holidays as people were keen to travel to destinations within close vicinity of their homes, leading to the discovery of offbeat locations. Some travellers were even comfortable driving slightly longer distances to ensure that they could maintain a comfortable level of social distancing. Destinations such as Goa, Rajasthan, Kerala, Uttarakhand and Karnataka, all driving distance from key cities, saw a rise in leisure travel in recent months.

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After being confined in the four walls of their homes, people preferred to go for longer vacations or staycations after the lockdowns were lifted
Confined to the safety of their homes, people have been seeking creative yet safe ways to spend quality time with their close friends and family. Staycations have become increasingly popular at city hotels across Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Kolkata among others. Combined with minimal required travel, low on holiday planning time, cost and carbon footprint, staycations are perfect for travelers of all generations.

READ: #WinterBucketlist: 7 Great Staycations for Winter Holidays


With the lines between work and play blurring in the past months, there has been a rising urge to escape the four walls of home and maximize work from rejuvenating environs like a beach, palace, mountains or by the pool. People are booking longer stays at hotels to balance time with family and inspire a burst of professional creativity.

READ: #TheNewNormal: Homestays are the New Work Spaces

Homestays across the country invited travellers in the droves this year as people felt they were safer than hotels
The premium homestay market in India is witnessing a steady growth as travelers are looking for more exclusive, unique, and immersive experiences. Moreover, reports indicate that over 70 per cent people prefer longer holidays ranging from a week to 10 days. Homestays give travelers an opportunity to bond together in beautiful private bungalows and villas at unique locations, while experiencing authentic local culture and heritage.

READ: How Homestays are Dealing with the Pandemic

Wellness Travel
Wellness was never as important as it was in 2020
The past few months have compelled us all to slow down and focus on our health and wellbeing. The future of travel is increasingly shifting to focus on experiences that positively impact one’s overall wellness. There has been a rising trend of travellers embarking on wellness retreats that allow them to reconnect with nature, indulge in curated wellness menus and rejuvenate their body and mind.

READ: Seeking Wellness in the New World

So #TravelForIndia and discover what you are seeking from your travels. IHCL Hotels is offering something for everybody, all with the reassurance of the highest standards of safety, hygiene and social distancing.

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