2021 Travel Trends
Travel is top of mind as many people put off vacations last year. Check out these 2021 travel trends before planning your next trip.
If you’ve been dreaming about future trips during the pandemic, now is the time to put your plans into action. Whether it’s a trip to visit family and friends, a tropical getaway or returning to a favorite vacation spot, you want to make the most of your travel opportunities. Here are some travel highlights to consider when planning your next trip:
Vacation do-overs: Travelers who had to cancel their trips during the pandemic are ready for a redo. According to the 2021 VRBO Trend Report, 44% of travelers who had a trip canceled due to COVID-19 were planning to reschedule the same vacation in 2021.1
Rural escapes: Data from HomeToGo’s 2021 Travel Trends Survey shows that nearly 90% of travel searches in the past year were for trips to rural areas. 2 This trend is expected to continue as travelers seek to avoid densely populated areas in favor of the road less traveled. Meanwhile, travelers have shown less interest in visiting large cities typically known for nightlife and live entertainment.
Family travel: Family trips have rocketed up the list of priorities for many people. When thinking about their 2021 travel plans, 41% of travelers said family members would be their most common travel companions and 40% said they would travel with a partner. Only 10% planned to travel with groups of friends and 8% planned to travel solo.2
Far-away destinations: Being cooped up during the pandemic motivated lots of people to dream big — and start planning international trips. Quarantine requirements and travel restrictions vary by country and continue to evolve, so it’s essential to research the current regulations before making international travel plans.
Road trips and RVs: Road trips continue to be a big trend as Americans plan their summer vacations, with 59% of families saying they are more likely to drive instead of fly on their next trip.1 Renting or buying an RV offers the flexibility to travel at your own pace — and with your own kitchen and bathroom.
Outdoor adventures: Travelers are seeking out destinations off the beaten path with plenty of outdoor attractions this summer. Searches for vacation locations near lakes and rivers increased in popularity, especially in the South, Midwest and Eastern regions of the U.S.1 Many travelers plan to spend time camping, fishing, hiking and visiting national parks.
Longer trips: Travelers are making up for lost time by planning longer trips this year. “Flexcations” have been popular with remote workers who can take their work wherever they go. Although it’s not easy to pull off, 67% of travelers who took a flexcation said they would do it again.1
Last-minute travel: Airlines and hotels have adjusted their policies on cancellation and change fees to accommodate rapidly changing circumstances. As a result, travelers may have more flexibility in booking trips. The average number of days from booking to travel has decreased, with more travelers opting for last-minute getaways.2
Bucket-list trips: For some people, the past year has been a wake-up call that inspired making plans for that long-awaited bucket-list trip. In fact, 54% say they are now more likely to take their bucket-list trip.1
Bigger travel budgets: The VRBO survey found that 65% of respondents plan to travel more than they did pre-COVID and 33% are willing to spend more on travel than they traditionally would.1
Saving Money for Travel
Whether you’re planning to vacation close to home, jet across the U.S. or travel internationally, saving money can help make it happen. Consider saving your tax refund, stimulus check or gift money for future travel. Reach your goals faster with a savings account dedicated for travel or credit cards with travel benefits and other short-term goals Amegy Bank.
1 Source: 2021 VRBO Trend Report
2 Source: HomeToGo 2021 Travel Trends Survey