The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes” – Marcel Proust
Travel in 2022 will be different especially after ongoing third wave of pandemic. Priorities will be redefined as there are unique travel trends emerging. Renewed confidence fueled from the strong vaccination drive, travelers who could not travel to their preferred destination last year are now looking to revive their travel sentiment. The following emerging travel trend are forecasted to dominate in 2022, according to Rajesh Singh dreams Unlimited
The pandemic has made more people realise the importance of self care and their wellbeing. Travelers who are looking to partake in their next adventure are focusing on managing their well-being amidst the travels. They have been showing a preference for places that offers wellness programs and benefits. Destinations, both foreign and within the country, that offer a promise of rejuvenation of mind, soul and body are high in demand.
In 2022, we expect to see a revival of sustainable travel with more travelers opting to visit places that are known for being sustainable, which have minimal impact on the environment. Sustainable travel entails not partaking in activities that harm the environment and culture of local people.
Eco tourism is another branch of sustainable travel through were tourists visit destinations that are built around the ecosystem they are present in while doing as minimal a damage to the environment as possible. As a part of this there are also people looking for a tourist experience that are of a more meaningful and mutually beneficial experience. This can include rebuilding rural communities and taking part in impactful conservation efforts.
For last two years, travel limitations and work from home culture has caused travelers to refrain from visiting places that they wanted to experience. While the world is still reeling under the impact of pandemic, there is an increasing number of travelers who want to go out to their favorite destinations, relax and embrace the experiences that they missed out on. While the primary motivation for leisure travelers is to break away from the monotony of everyday life, travelers are looking at this kind of travel to visit tourist attractions that have been growing in popularity, irrespective of the destinations being closer to home or places they may have visited in the past.
Once a life time travel
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us” – J.R.R. Tolkien
Travelers all over the world now realise that future is uncertain and a lockdown can be imposed at any moment in the present scenario. This has caused a change in mindset of tourists who have started focusing on the NOW instead of making plans for distant future. Travellers are wanting to utilize windows of opportunity as soon as they become available and visit places that they have dreamt about. And for this, they are willing to spend more on their travel and holidays thereby making the idea of once a lifetime travel extremely popular.
Tech driven travel
The pandemic gave boost to tech integration in travel industry, which is why it is no surprise that this trend will surface in 2022. Hotels across the world are already using smart technology and this is the only expected to grow, as more hotels realise the importance of integrating technology into the hotels for visitors. Right from keyless doors VR tours, QR codes driven menus to robot housekeeping voice-controlled rooms, the hospitality industry is completely changing in the coming year. Many destinations are now offering virtual reality tours of their destination to give travellers a glimpse of what they can expect when the visiting these destinations and help them make informed decisions.
“The journey is my home” – Muriel Rukeyser
The new trends showcase what travel is likely to be in a post-pandemic era and are probably here to stay for the next few years. No matter, what the reason or motivation is for one’s travel, it is imperative to follow all safety precautions while on the journey.