While much has changed in the last year, many things are still the same heading into 2022, including travel regulations, shutdowns, and unexpected closures due to COVID-19. Thankfully, an increasing number of people have started their travel habits again. Many airlines, hotels, and tourism services have seen steady increases in their revenue numbers. With many unexpected challenges still on the horizon, there are a few key things that are defining the travel trends for 2022.
Traveling workers will continue to increase
Now that people can make money by simply sharing their travel stories, many people are becoming bloggers or travel agents by utilizing social media. In addition, there are people who are permanently working remotely and are using their flexibility to travel the world. Travel bloggers add valuable insight and disseminate relevant information about destinations across the world. This trend has increased the volume of travel for both business and personal reasons. Since more companies are deciding to keep their workforce remote, it is anticipated that more people will maintain their travel jobs.
Travel regulations will continue to be tight
Due to the increase in travel and rising COVID-19 rates, regulations will continue to be tight. With more shutdowns happening than ever before, travel agents must be vigilant regarding the precautions in different travel locations. People who travel without an agent risk ending up at places that have been shut down with no way of getting home. Travelers also need to be prepared for unexpected flight delays and cancellations.
People will visit new places
Since there is a great deal of competition between up and coming destinations, businesses often offer hefty initial discounts until their popularity grows. With the increase in travel, there is a high demand to explore lesser known places. In order to compete against these new destinations, many travel businesses have introduced travel assistance services and are utilizing trustworthy travel bloggers who can vouch for the places that they have been.
In addition, the pandemic has seen people being more cautious in crowded spaces. As a result, many people are attracted to smaller towns and lesser known cities during their time away. There will likely be different states, islands, and countries that see spikes in tourism this year.
Active vacations will increase in popularity
Since people are staying away from highly populated areas, more vacations will be centered around outdoor activities such as hiking, racing, biking, or rock climbing. This will make travel more efficient for people who are looking to spend less time planning and more time enjoying their vacation. In addition, many people have spent time improving their running and biking skills since gyms have been closed for portions of the last year. As a result, many people are traveling to destinations in order to run in a race or compete in a triathlon.
While the travel industry has recovered most of their losses for 2020, it is anticipated that travel will continue to rise. With many travel brands offering assistance packages and preparing for all unexpected challenges associated with the pandemic, many people feel physically and financially safe to travel again. As the population continues to use social media influencers for travel advice, people feel more equipped to plan their own getaways. Keep your eyes peeled to see what destinations become popular throughout the coming year.