What will 2022 be like in travel?
Isn’t that the million dollar question?
If you had asked me in October, I would have told you exactly what I said to a few of my friends: it looks like the world is opening up, we can’t stand any more confinements and things are moving forward.
I mean, all I can do is laugh, right? Because you know what happened.
It has been difficult to know what to say during this pandemic. I have struggled to find my voice and be helpful in all of this. I’ve wanted to stay helpful and hopeful, but I don’t always know what to say or how to do the right thing.
I look back to the 2010s and wish we could go back to the days when so few places had decent WiFi, quitting work to travel the world sounded desperately romantic, and traveling seemed less of a moral dilemma (even although it was also then, we were more naive).
Predictions, not just of me but of everyone, have been little more than looking at a crystal ball. But I think there are some travel trends, so much so that I’ve seen data from my own website and channels, as well as many other predictions out there that we can count on for 2022:
More nature and national travel
The most important trends in travel over the last two years have been an increase in the number of people traveling in the country and wanting to spend time abroad. Some of the largest growth areas have occurred in the life of vans and RVs, as well as outdoor destinations rather than cities. If the incredible increase in the number of visitors to national parks in recent summers is an indication, people prefer to be outdoors.
This is both a good thing and a bad thing. Our natural resources cannot withstand the influx of visitors and their rubbish and sometimes total contempt for animals and nature. At the same time, however, I like to see people appreciate nature. I hope, perhaps naively, that more people see the importance of protecting what we have.
Since I know a lot of people are new to the outdoors and want to enjoy it, I created a free outdoor course 101 to help people go out and enjoy it while respecting it.
With so many people able to work remotely, more people will take advantage of the opportunity to do so from the road. I have already seen that this is true during some of my national travels.
According to Kayak, there is a 40% increase in people looking to work while traveling long distances. And why not? We have been promoting the nomadic movement for a long time and finally many people are in a position to take advantage.
These credit cards and air miles will be worth less
If you’re sitting on a mountain of air miles like me, you may have noticed that they are worth a lot less when searching for miles than before. That doesn’t mean you can’t get offers, but now it’s harder to get. So are these free updates.
It is due to a combination of generous bonuses offered during the pandemic to sign up for new credit cards, in addition to all those flights that we canceled, booked and canceled again, depositing those miles again. to our accounts.
People may also be willing to fly more miles on a great trip that they have been postponing for years, it’s hard to say when that will be compensated or if they will do it again.
I have also noticed that the rooms are much more affected. Before the pandemic, I don’t remember ever rejecting a salon because it was full. But now, due to distance requirements and more people having credit cards with access to the room, it is much more difficult to use the rooms these days.
I know, boo-hoo, but it’s just one of the many things I’ve noticed about traveling in this new normal.
We will value our experiences much more
My first trip after the strict March blockade was in Quintana Roo, Mexico shortly after it reopened.
For the first time in my experience, people shouted, “We love Americans! Welcome back!” as people walked the streets people approached my friend Alex and I had expressed to them how happy they were to see us and how much they needed tourists again.
I was very happy to see that people wanted to unite and stumble upon foreign languages again. I had worried that there would be more strange dangers, but swimming into the ocean, lying there watching the birds as it floated, overwhelmed me with an overwhelming gratitude to be able to relive that experience. It was a trip I couldn’t take for granted, and for anyone who hasn’t traveled yet, you’ll surely feel the same way when you finally do it again.
We will learn to move forward in some way with the new normal
The last two years have been such a crazy yo-yo up and down and it hasn’t been easy for anyone.
We felt scared, followed by hope, only to be disappointed again. Many plans that people have made have been canceled. It is very difficult to know how to move forward.
But we want to.
We will finally learn to navigate this. Instead of being reactionary, we will find ways to navigate this new normalcy and know that mutations will come and go, and we will have to work together to live our lives. I believe in the ability of humanity to move forward and I know that things will get better again.
Wherever you find yourself in this new year, I hope you have a little peace, hope for the future and enjoy the present. I know it’s been a difficult year, but we hope there have been some good things for you.