MY 2021 TRAVEL PREDICTIONS
by Mac Candee
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Posted: Wednesday, December 9, 2020

It’s no secret that 2020 has been such an unpredictable year. None of us knew what to expect, and it’s safe to say that we were all surprised with how things turned out. But there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Science is advancing rapidly, and it seems like (hopefully) we might see the end of the pandemic in 2021, given the vaccines get past the final stages of approval. Another piece of great news is that antibodies are now lasting much longer in people who’ve had the virus. With the vaccination advancements and the new research, it’s starting to look quite hopeful. I think it’s safe to say we’re seeing more and more promising studies pointing in the way of a calmer, safer new year. But it’s still been a really tough time, and nothing can take away from that. People have had their lives impacted in both positive and challenging ways. They’ve missed out on important events, and as a whole, our collective history has been influenced. The way we used to live, think, our lifestyles — everything has been thrown under the rug, and a new way of living has been created. Now whether it will stay or not is yet to be determined, but it is for certain that it will have a lasting influence on us.

Maybe the masks that are mandatory during the pandemic, are here to stay. They have been a lasting trend in places like Japan, long before these COVID lockdowns. I believe we may see something similar for a portion of the population, once the Coronavirus has passed us.

That said, I want to get into my travel predictions for the year to come. What is the new way of exploring the world going to be like, now that many of our lives have been changed? Here are some of my thoughts.

1. Travel will explode


Given how fast vaccines are being developed, having that end in sight is making me think that we will definitely see this pandemic through soon enough. After that, people who have been forced to stay at home for the better part of last year, will be eager to go out into the world. People have been spending more time watching YouTube videos, gathering inspiration on places to go, building up their future travel plans. This has been the collective experience of many people that I’ve talked to, and I’m sure you’ve noticed a similar trend. I think it’s safe to say we all need a bit of a vacation, and perhaps 2021 is the time when many of our travel dreams come true. Not being able to leave our own homes has caused our travel bug to get larger and larger, and once we are able to, so many of us will jump on the opportunity. I’m certain that once we can, many of us will be incredibly excited to visit new and interesting destinations.

2. More nature related trips are going to be prioritized


Nature has been a big missing piece in our everyday lives this past year. I think regardless of how well the vaccinations progress, people are going to use their time to visit some beautiful sights. So many people have been changed by what the pandemic has done to their daily lives, that even though the virus might be behind us, people are still going to want some distance. We’ve grown out of our habit of being around crowds, and it will take some time to adjust to the comfortability of being in crowds once things are back to normal. The things that felt natural to us before 2020 are now going to seem much more foreign. That’s what’s going to push the trend of preferring more secluded travel, where you can be closer to nature.

3. More safe ways of travel will be implemented


Now that we’ve collectively gone through this difficult period, we’ve had to learn the hard way the huge price of disregarding safety. Effective cleaning practices, being cautious and taking care of your customer’s health is something businesses have had to make second nature. After the pandemic is done, it will hopefully be something that sticks and makes every part of our consumer experience safer. I think, regardless of how this pandemic plays out, we’re still going to see many places offer their menus with QR codes and have hand sanitizer readily available, amongst their other procedures. Air travel companies will also keep their rigorous sanitation practices, as well as all other measures aimed at preventing any health hazards. That’s our new normal — we expect it from the businesses we trust. And I think it’s safe to say that’s not going anywhere.

4. Fewer people will visit bigger cities


Bigger cities are amongst the places most dangerous for any type of contamination. This means that a decrease of people will have the interest explore them, as the risks are much higher than more remote areas. The exploration of cities will absolutely come back at some point, but in the beginning, that will not be the preference. A possible trend I’ve come to expect is that people will prefer places where outdoor activities are the main source of entertainment, instead of being a part of crowded closed-off areas. That will most likely mean trips with close friends, or a small group of people. I expect that things like concerts or other crowded avenues will be harder to get back into in the short term, as people will be tiptoeing into what was once normal. If the vaccination comes in the first quarter and things go back to normal, I would bet that concerts and other large gatherings will be common again in the later end of 2021.

5. People will spend more money on experiences

Let’s face it, we haven’t been doing much of anything in the last year. Well, the next one just might be the time to make up for that. It will probably be the time to catch up with the fun times with friends and family. We’ve probably skipped on going out on the weekends, or traveling, or all of our other fun-related experiences for an entire year. If we are able to resume our normal way of life, I think this will be the first area we will get back into. If we were lucky enough to keep our job, then it’s possible that we have a bit more money saved up, from skipping on many of the more expensive pass-times. But in general, I feel like many people will use 2021 as a year to take a big vacation and feel normal once again. Maybe it’s the time to do that crazy helicopter tour above Hawaii, or that Alaska trip, or whatever you’ve had on your bucket list for years now. This pandemic has reminded us just how short and unpredictable life can be. So making the most of it isn’t just a matter of opportunity, it’s a matter of happiness and living to the fullest. After having that taken away from us, 2021 is the time to get back on track and get the most out of life.

Closing Thoughts

Of course, these are all just predictions, and the reality might be very different. It will be very interesting to see how things play out, especially now with all the advancements in science coming to save the day. But for now, all we can do is be hopeful and optimistic, and try not to lose our positivity into the new year. I wish you all the healthiest and safest ways forward, however you pursue your plans and leisure. Wherever you are in this amazing world, here’s to the hope that tomorrow will be better than today!





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