Forbes, Nov 27, 2020 – Travelers In 2021 Want More Sand, Fewer People – and Insurance

Forbes, Nov 27, 2020 – Travelers In 2021 Want More Sand, Fewer People – and Insurance

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Americans with an eye for vacation travel in 2021 are looking for sun and solitude over skyscrapers and crowds. Nearly two-thirds of travelers (65%) say the ability to avoid packed places is a more important factor in their choice of destination than it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent report from Tripadvisor and Phocuswright that analyzed global traveler behavior in the wake of the pandemic.

More than half (52%) of the report’s survey respondents said they are more likely to take an outdoor/nature trip than they were before the pandemic. Key West, Myrtle Beach and Sedona are travel destinations that have been recovering faster than destinations such as New York and Las Vegas, based on Tripadvisor’s tracking of demand for domestic accommodations.

Here are some travel trends for 2021.

The Desire to Travel Is Strong

Despite global uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, 65% of Tripadvisor and Phocuswright’s survey respondents said they are still thinking about where they want to go next.

“The good news is that consumers’ desire to travel remains incredibly resilient, and that pent-up demand bodes well for the travel industry in the long run,” says Steve Kaufer, CEO of Tripadvisor.

Recent news of promising vaccines will help propel a natural inclination toward wanderlust. Confidence in travel is highest in the U.S. among the six countries analyzed in the report. Almost half (48%) of U.S. survey respondents said they felt more confident to travel in the next three months compared to the previous three.

Islands in the Caribbean account for half of the top 10 destinations for American travelers, according to Squaremouth, a travel insurance comparison site. This is likely due to travel restrictions and border closures.

Prior to COVID-19, only the Bahamas and Costa Rica made the top 10 list. Now Aruba, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have become the fastest-growing international destinations.

Top 10 DestinationsYear-Over-Year Change
United States+ 319%
Mexico + 46%
Canada- 43%
United Kingdom- 56%
Turks and Caicos+ 303%
The Bahamas- 32%
US Virgin Islands+ 207%
Jamaica+ 27%
Israel- 50%
Aruba+ 2%

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