2022 travel trends amid uncertainty
As the pandemic shows signs of potential easing, travelers are once again planning family vacations and business trips. After two years of canceled travel plans, this is certainly good news to start the year. As the global traveler sets out to reconnect with the world, there are certain uncertainties surrounding travel.
While running a global travel insurance marketplace, VisitorsCoverage, I’ve seen how travel has once again become a topic of conversation. By reviewing what we know so far, we can identify travel trends and make reliable travel forecasts for the rest of the year.
Inflation and market downturn inspire budget travel
Due to inflation, falling stock markets and rising airfare prices, many travelers are limiting their budgets. Big dreams of luxury international travel have been curtailed by economic constraints. However, that doesn’t mean people will stay home. On the contrary, in the coming months, I expect to see a resurgence of inner travel in almost every form.
Car travel could increase
Road trips have always been a relatively inexpensive and convenient way to travel. As more and more people look for ways to reduce their expenses, many may forgo the growing expense of air travel and hit the road. Although gas prices may rise, it is still the cheapest alternative. Because it gives travelers more autonomy and freedom than other forms of travel, the road trip can very well appeal to the cautious of the Covid.
Family travel should rebound
For the first time in two years, as American school children consider summer vacation, more and more parents are planning trips. The pandemic has been particularly difficult for those with young children. As the world begins its slow recovery from the stresses of the past two years, the restorative effects of travel hold considerable appeal. Family travel is expected to increase as the year progresses.
Nature trips will remain popular
Budget concerns and warmer weather will likely push travelers to reconnect with the great outdoors. For many, that could mean pitching a tent in a nearby national park, engaging in water sports like kayaking or jet skiing, or undertaking a challenging hike. The cost of experiencing all that nature has to offer is significantly less than a two-week European excursion or an all-inclusive resort stay.
Event-based travel may reach pre-pandemic levels
The pandemic has seen the cancellation of concerts, sporting events and theater performances around the world. Now many of these events are back on the calendar for 2022, marking the return of event travel. The sudden demand could make it more difficult to purchase tickets to events and some venues may require attendees to show proof of vaccinations, but neither of these constraints should mitigate the expected uptick in event-related travel.
Vacation Home and RV Travel Could Grow in Popularity
Vacation home and recreational vehicle (RV) rentals have been one of the most popular ways to vacation over the past two years. As Covid-19 continues to cause uncertainty around international travel, this trend is expected to continue. People in motorhomes have the freedom and control to decide their routes and potentially minimize their risk of Covid. Similarly, some may prefer to rent vacation homes rather than stay in a hotel since contact is limited to people in their group. Vacation home rentals and RV rentals are likely to increase as we head into warmer weather.
Travel and hospitality companies strategize
The travel and hospitality industries have been challenged by border closures and ever-changing entry requirements imposed by the pandemic. Now that the world is trying to recover from Covid-19, many businesses are in recovery mode. As travel demand waned, many employers were forced to downsize in order to stay afloat. Now, as people start to put their travel plans into action, the hospitality industry could face significant staff shortages. Businesses must strategize to meet high demand with limited resources. For travellers, this could mean that travelers will face long lines, long delays and more cancellations.
Travel safety is a priority
While there’s a lot of unpredictability surrounding travel right now, that doesn’t mean travelers can’t have amazing experiences. As more and more people put their plans back into effect, they will pay particular attention to the necessary safety precautions while traveling. This could mean anything from packing extra face masks and hand sanitizer to ensuring their travel documents are safe and in order. To ease the stress caused by so much uncertainty, many travelers are considering travel insurance.
All in all, while there’s still a lot to see, people will most likely be looking for opportunities to travel this year – whatever that may look like.