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Post-covid travel trends


Author
Emily McDonnell
contributor
︎ @staycationcollection
website: staycationcollection.com

Emily McDonnell is a food and travel writer and experience-focused communications strategist. She is the founder of The Staycation Collection, a curation of Germany’s most exceptional escapes, from boutique B&Bs to chic cabins.




Daydreaming has become a popular lockdown past time: reminiscing of the last time we wiggled our toes in the sand, fantasising about walking through the woods as we bathe in its silence.

But, as with many areas of life, post-pandemic travel will look a lot different from how it used to. That does not mean that will be any less fulfilling, in fact, in some ways travel will become more wholesome, more of an experience and less of a commodity.

From submersion in nature to reconnection with people, let these travel predictions inspire your daydreaming.


Staycations


Given the current government mumblings that cross-border travel will be a big no, no this year, a rise in exploring the country we live in will, of course, boom.

Germany is a hugely diverse country when it comes to holiday options, something that’s often overlooked: the south-west boasts an almost Mediterranean climate and rolling vineyards, the north coast has picture-perfect white-sand beaches, and there are 16 stunning national parks full of unspoilt forest.


“Slow travel”


The slow living movement - based on the principals of being more conscious, intentional and mindful - has been causing waves in the food sector, and it’s time it hit the travel industry.

With pent-up wanderlust comes a greater appreciation of the simple pleasures – marvelling at a vivid sunset, enjoying long breakfasts on the terrace, breathing in the fresh mountain air. We’re going to be in search of these pure, simple travel experiences, which will in the future trigger a wholesome sense of nostalgia.


Wellness escapes


Holistic travel is set to become more mainstream, as people put more emphasis on their personal wellbeing, with a focus on physical, mental and spiritual rejuvenation. Think spa escapes and yoga retreats.

Off-grid getaways will also peak, whether you want to switch off for a night or a blissful entire week. We’ll be seeking respite from blue light glow after having been glued to our screens for months.


Green-credential getaways


The desire for sustainable, green tourism is higher than ever, plus we’ll be looking to travel more by train than plane for a number of reasons.

We’ve also realised how fragile our planet is both in terms of eco-system and human inter-relations. So we’ll be seeking hideouts that have an emphasis on environmental and social responsibility.


Connection to people


Supporting local and independently-run businesses is going to become a priority, and tourists will proactively want to create a positive impact on the destinations that they visit. Therefore we’ll be much more interested in the people behind the places, looking to learn more about them and their passions.

This means there’ll be an increase in demand for quaint, off-the-beaten-track hideaways, and determination to gather local tips.