What Travel Looks Like in 2021

What Travel Looks Like in 2021
2021 is expected to bring about a fresh outlook towards travel, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

The future of tourism will see sustainable travel options, providing safer options to the travellers

Manaswini Tripathy
March 01 , 2021
08 Min Read

The year 2020 has been nothing less than a ‘bad trip’ with all the planned trips getting cancelled, and experiences being missed. However, the year 2021 is like the spring season, which brings along new blossoms and spreads the glimmer of hope for starting something afresh.

A recent Airbnb report on travel trends for 2021 showed that Indian travellers are looking to reconnect with friends and loved ones and enjoy safe, unique experiences off-the-beaten track. The report, based on a survey from YouGov, showed that as travel returns in 2021, it is firmly in the direction of connecting with ones.

Read: Indian Travellers Big on Avoiding Crowds, Says 2021

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Of course, travellers will have to keep a constant check on restrictions imposed by different countries and states before planning a trip, and most countries require a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test by all the tourists.

Let’s have a look at travelling trends in 2021.

Revenge Travel

For all those cancelled bookings and lost trips, people are all set to grab any opportunity coming their way to travel and explore regions close to home. ‘Revenge Travel’ is the new aspiration of tourists, essentially visiting short-haul destination over long weekends. Reportedly, OYO Hotels & Homes registered a 20 percent spike in bookings over the Valentine’s day weekend this month. These figures indicate the gain in confidence levels in tourists after the ease in lockdown rules, and preventive measures taken by the hospitality and tourism departments.  

Reconnecting with Loved Ones

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The Airbnb report stated that Indian tourists are looking for familiarity by planning trips to meet or be with friends and family. The idea of vacation has now changed to reconnecting with loved ones, after being stuck at home for almost a whole year. The survey conducted by YouGov reveals that 57 percent of the subjects across all age groups wish to reconnect with friends and family instead of planning a fancy, elaborate vacation. The survey also said that in the aftermath of the pandemic, 50 percent of millennials are choosing to visit familiar places with friends and family. 

Travel by Nature

Currently, 44 percent of millennials, 53 percent of GenZ and GenX want to travel to places like Kashmir, Manali, Mussoorie, Nainital, Ooty, Coorg, and Munnar. According to the survey conducted by YouGov, the travellers believe nature provides a meaningful experience compared to urban spaces. About 94 percent of respondents want to opt for sustainable and environmentally friendly travelling options, which will also offer a rich socio-cultural experience.

Read: International Travel Most Likely to Bounce Back in 2021, Says WTO

AirBnb is expected to be popular in the post-COVID-19 era


The new way of vacationing is slow and immersive travel. The lockdown period has taught people to cherish everything and live in the moment. Travellers feel a staycation or workcation gives them enough time to embrace their surroundings, allows them to explore, and offers them the space to unwind and reconnect with one self. Staycations are mostly adapted by young adults who are studying or who have just entered the job market, it allows them to balance their work life and personal life. Due to the pandemic, people have become accustomed to the virtual mode of working, so why not work from a hill station or a beach, or a farmhouse? Moreover, a staycation is a safer option, as travellers mostly choose to stay in villas, havelis, rented flats or Airbnbs. 

Contactless Hospitality

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To be able to attract more travellers, the tourism industry has introduced contactless hospitality where customers can avail the services online. Right from ordering food online to contactless check-in at hotels and airports, travelling across the states and countries has become much safer and hygienic. Technology is playing a vital role in contactless services, meanwhile, slowly even travellers are getting used to self-service. 

Road Trips/Weekend Getaways

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The safest way to travel post-COVID is by road. While road trips have always been a people’s favourite, due to the pandemic, most prefer road trips with their friends and family members. Travelling to a different country is an extremely difficult task currently, hence, weekend getaways to domestic destinations is the new norm. According to MakeMyTrip, the company has seen a 70 percent rise in the short-haul travel segment.

Read: These Are the Travel Trends for 2021, Says Airbnb Report


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