5 winter travel trends during the pandemic
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.
With remote working, employees can work anywhere. Workcations give them the power to enjoy a destination while staying productive.
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.
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.
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.