How the World of Travel Has Been Reshaped

Sign in to save article

One of the many aspects of life greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic has been the travel and tourism industry. Borders and restrictions have gradually eased despite the threat of constantly emerging variants. As a result, there are many new developments to anticipate in travel. 

1The Remote Jobs Trend Enables More Flexibility

The rise of remote jobs is also increasing business and leisure, or "bleisure,” trips. Though the ease of restrictions allowed some companies to bring their employees back into the office, the hybrid and remote models are the new employment trend. The flexibility of this new work culture and the power to control your own time, allows employees to bring work on the road anywhere with internet access. With more employers adapting to this setup, trips like this will continue to be a trend. 

2Off-Peak Travel

The benefit of off-peak season trips was the reduced costs. Today, they are a safety measure. A survey in late 2021 showed that 58% of US travelers prefer to avoid big tourist crowds to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. 

3Travelers Are More Conscious of Their Impact

Travelers are increasingly more concerned about the social impact their trips have on a destination. They are supporting more locally-owned accommodations, dining in small restaurants and shopping at farmers' markets instead of chain establishments. Also, the global pandemic and the concern of climate change have influenced travelers to make more sustainable travel choices. Recent studies show that 60% of global travelers would spend more to support a sustainable trip. These include choosing road trips, booking direct flights, using electric rental cars or bicycles and public transportation, choosing apartments and green hotels, and joining local food tours to lower the food-related carbon footprint.

4Adaption to Digitalization Has Improved

Virtual reality tours of hotels, restaurants, and globally-renowned attractions provide an interactive experience providing an opportunity to “travel” without leaving home. Expect to see robots and their ability to enhance customer service experience while minimizing direct human contact, implementation of contactless tech services including payment options and enhanced airport services, the use of facial and voice recognition, artificial intelligence (AI), and voice-controlled services. 

5Increase in Extended Stay

Whether or not travel limitations change in the coming months, travelers are embracing the newfound freedom of remote work settings. With travelers embracing the newfound freedom of remote work settings and exploring new ways of living, extended-stay vacations in homestays or apartments are more likely to continue. There has been significant growth in Airbnb bookings, noted Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky. 

Tags: Navigating the Pandemic, Travel

Sign in to save article

Written By

Andrea Conopio

Andrea is a writer, a digital content creator, and an advocate of mother earth and furry friends. See Full Bio

CircleAround is owned by One GS Media, a subsidiary of Girl Scouts of the USA, and we make financial distributions to benefit the next generation of Girl Scouts. We strive to make the world a better place by supporting each other today and emboldening the women leaders of tomorrow.

Love this article?

Sign up for the newsletter to get the best of CircleAround delivered right to your inbox.

to our circle.

We're women, just like you, sharing our struggles and our triumphs to make connections and build a community.

We also make financial distributions to benefit the next generation of Girl Scouts.

About Us