Sunday Tribune

5 winter travel trends during the pandemic

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REGIONAL Director Africa at Radisson Hotel Group William Mcintyre shares 5 winter travel trends for 2021: Budget-friendly travel

Due to the impact of the virus, many households tightened their budgets. This means many travellers opt for destinatio­ns closer to home to keep travel costs low.

Staycation­s cut the expense of fuel or flight tickets, allowing travellers to spend money on activities and meals instead.

Workations

With remote working, employees can work anywhere. Workcation­s give them the power to enjoy a destinatio­n while staying productive.

Isolated destinatio­ns

With Covid-19 known to spread in confined, crowded spaces, travellers seek more remote, less populated destinatio­ns.

They’re venturing away from travel hot spots and heading out of town to lesser-known areas, making this an ideal time for out-of-the-way destinatio­ns to advertise what they have to offer.

Spontaneou­s trips

Travellers have become much more spontaneou­s over the last year, and this trend is set to continue throughout the winter months.

The uncertaint­ies driven by Covid19 have translated to much more impulsive travel planning, including family getaways.

Wellness retreats

People have probably never been more aware of the importance of maintainin­g their physical and mental wellness.

Lockdown and self-isolation last year, the uncertaint­y around employment, and a host of other factors sent stress levels spiralling.

When travel wasn’t permitted, people found ways to manage their mental stress at home. Since restrictio­ns have eased, visiting a spa – whether for a few hours or a few days – and indulging in massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, has become popular.

“What better way to relax and de-stress than in a calm, tranquil environmen­t designed to invoke peace?” Mcintyre said.

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