Travel Trends and Predictions for 2021

Friday, 22nd January 2021

Will Gray

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We’ve never stopped dreaming about travel. Despite all the months of anxiety and hardship, the vaccines will make a difference allowing us to look forward to brighter times when our world feels normal and we can explore once again.

After such an extraordinary period of global disruption, we’ve taken a look at how our travel focus may change in the future. Whether that’s once-in-a-lifetime adventures to make up for lost time or big family escapes reuniting with loved ones. Returning to treasured destinations or discovering new and remote places and connecting with nature.

Read on to discover the trends and predictions that will redefine your future travels.

Epic Experiences

Having been deprived of travel for so long, many of us are hatching plans for that ‘big trip’ – a once-in-a-lifetime adventure packed with experiences that we’ll remember forever. That might well mean travelling for longer (a month maybe). And it will certainly involve exploring places we’ve only dared dream about before.

Inspired? Trips in 2021 don’t get any more awe-inspiring than an expedition cruise deep into the Southern Ocean to observe the Antarctic Solar Eclipse in December. For a summer alternative, set sail in August with Ben Fogle on our West Greenland Voyage.

Remote Retreats

If we’ve learnt one thing recently, it’s how much we value the outdoors, the wide-open spaces and fresh air. We’ve reconnected with nature and we want that to become an intrinsic part of our holidays too. That’s why we’ll be drawn to holiday destinations where we feel wrapped in wilderness, where social distancing comes naturally.

Inspired? For a private hidden retreat to rest and reset, our North Iceland Adventure features Deplar Farm – timeless, exclusive and tucked away on the wild and remote Troll Peninsula. Alternatively, seek isolation in Swedish Lapland at Loggers Lodge or an Aurora Adventure on Senja Island in northern Norway.

Places We Know and Love

There’s something comforting about returning to familiar places – particularly after the uncertainty and upset of what we’ve been through. Many of us will seek the reassurance of ‘old favourites’, but with a new twist. We’ll revisit memorable hotels at a different time of year, or return to best-loved places, but explore by train, or on foot…

Inspired? If you’ve already experienced the magic of Iceland during winter, you’ll love it even more under long hours of daylight in the summer, perhaps exploring off the beaten track on our Iceland Backroads holiday. And if you’re pining for the Norwegian Fjords, our Norwegian Fjord Odyssey is an leisurely self drive alternative to cruising.

Slow Travel

The last 12 months have taught us to appreciate everything that life offers. And our holidays should reflect that too. We will be delving deeper into the places we visit; lingering longer to really immerse ourselves in local life. Wiser to the threats of climate change, we’ll also take fewer flights, opting instead for rail and hiking holidays.

Inspired? Our new portfolio of rail itineraries, coming soon, ranges from the 15-night South to Sicily adventure to the 21-night Arctic Rail Odyssey.  To put a spring in your step, our expert-guided walking holidays include a 9-night Hiking in East Greenland adventure.

Family Bubbles

Isolation has been one of the hardest things to bear. We’re desperate to reconnect with loved ones, and we can’t think of a better way to pour the glue back into family bonds than by whisking everyone off on a multi-generational holiday. We’ll be seeking remote family-friendly properties to create the perfect holiday bubble.

Inspired? Staying at a wilderness ecolodge, the Luxury Swedish Lapland Break at Arctic Retreat is ideal for large family groups. In Iceland, meanwhile, the nine-bedroom Ulfljotsskali Lodge and 14-room Skalakot Hotel are also perfect for a family reunion holiday.

Work Away

For many of us, working from home has become part of everyday life – but that doesn’t mean it has to become ordinary or mundane. Embracing new opportunities for flexible working, you’ll be inspired by our new Work Away portfolio this year. Just imagine combining work and play at handpicked properties in remote corners of Nordic Europe…

Inspired? Our exclusive Glacier Lodge offers incredible views of the Snaefellsjokull volcano in West Iceland. For a creative workspace, Brandon Lodge in Swedish Lapland is ideally located between forest and sea. In Finland, Work Away at a stylish Rukan Salonki log-pole villa for a desk overlooking Lapland’s taiga forest.

Sustainable Travel

With the world on pause, we’ve seen how wildlife can benefit from reduced human activity. But we’ve also seen conservation projects and local livelihoods that rely on ecotourism suffer. Either way, we’ve woken up to fact that our actions impact the natural world. In 2021, we will want to get closer to wildlife and put sustainable travel first.

Inspired? Available May-August, our Around Spitsbergen small-ship voyage offers a wonderful opportunity to spot polar bear, walrus and other Arctic wildlife. Alternatively, seek out brown bear, wolverine and lynx in East Finland on the 4-night Wild Brown Bear Adventure.

Learn From Experts

As we spread our wings and enjoy the freedom of travel once more, we’ll be keen to make each trip really count. Travelling with an expert guide on a small-group escorted tour, you’ll not only benefit from their first-hand knowledge as they bring the destination to life, but you will also discover hidden gems not always found in guidebooks. The shared experience also offers an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded people and perhaps make new friends.

Inspired? Award-winning guides Cathy Harlow and Alexa Kershaw lead our 4-night Orcas and Aurora whale-watching tour in Iceland, as well as small-group, guided walking holidays in Greenland and Iceland.

Trust the Experts

The past year has shown just how crucial it is to book your holiday with an operator you can trust; a company you can rely on 100% to look after you and your money, no matter what. At Discover the World, our dedicated Travel Specialists looked after our clients when borders closed and flights stopped, bringing everyone safely home, transferring holidays and providing full refunds.

We’ll continue to look after you as travel restarts. Not only do we have longstanding partnerships with local providers, but our unrivalled Flexibility Promise gives you complete peace of mind.

Don’t just take our word for it. Read comments from genuine Discover the World customers from trusted rating provider, Feefo.

Call our Travel Specialists on 01737 214 250, arrange a video meeting to discuss your plans or send an enquiry.

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