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Here is how the travel will most likely look like this year. What do you bet on to be the most popular trend?
Of course, the future is unpredictable, but there are some expectations. Due to the decrease in the number of cases of infection with the omicron, the tourism industry will experience a significant recovery in spring and summer.
As governments around the world loosen coronavirus restrictions and change their approach to accepting Covid-19 as a manageable part of our daily life, the travel industry is expecting a surge in travelers. While uncertainty remains about the course of the pandemic and government policies regarding mandatory mask wearing and travel testing requirements, there is a strong desire for travelers to make long-distance travel this year.
Educational vacation and family travel
After two years of lockdown and classroom closures, millions of children across the country have fallen behind in the classroom. And parents looking for lesson plans that can complement learning are now looking for experiences with an educational focus when they travel. After the downturn due to the pandemic, the number of family learning itineraries is growing with Road Scholar, a tour operator that develops educational travel programs for all ages.
Wellness and sexual well-being
Sexual wellness is one of the fastest growing areas of the global wellness industry, and travel is increasingly becoming part of it. A growing number of hotel chains and relationship therapists are offering couples retreats and beach sessions with intimacy coaches and guided anatomical studies to meet the needs of travelers seeking greater couple satisfaction and personal pleasure.
Car rental forecast
Perhaps consumers heeded the advice to book cars early after last year’s shortage. But rental agencies have so far not been able to expand their fleet – largely due to a slowdown in car production – and an expected increase in travelers after one that will only increase the scale of car problems.
Cities are back
Yes, city travel is back. After more than two years of avoiding city centers, travelers are eager to return to their favorite metropolis and immerse themselves in the sights, cuisine and sounds of a foreign city.
Flying in 2022 looks very similar to flying in 2021, at times reminiscent of the pre-pandemic norm. The main difference from 2021 is that there will be more people on planes and at airports — 150% more passengers are expected this year than last year. As far as where you can fly to, you will have more options than last year. Destinations that have long been closed to most travelers, including Australia, the Philippines and Bali, have begun to reopen. Airlines are gradually returning old routes and expanding them with new ones.
You will still need to check the latest entry requirements before flying overseas.
All inclusive resorts (off the beach, too)
A new generation of home resorts is introducing a near-all-inclusive model, eliminating the need to worry about where to eat and what to do. Why “almost”? These properties do not include alcoholic beverages per night.
Small and eco-friendly cruises
After two years of devastating losses and a tentative restart last June, the cruise industry is facing a difficult start to 2022 as the highly transmissible variant of the Omicron coronavirus has caused a spike in cases on board ships, forcing some cruise lines to cancel routes. But demand for future cruises is still strong, especially among die-hard cruisers.
Smaller river and expedition cruises are also expected to become more popular this year as cruisers look for bigger destinations and more sustainable ways to travel.
Lodging and robots
Perhaps this year travelers will return to hotels. Hotel Associations expect total bookings to nearly match the numbers of 2019.
City hotels are looking strive to compete for digital nomads by adding stylish extended stay accommodation options, social entertainment and convenient workspaces. The pandemic has also accelerated the adoption of hotel automation, such as keyless check-in, staff digital communication and robotic room delivery, as a cost-effective response to labor shortages.