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As restrictions have loosened, numerous people resumed travel plans—many plan taking trips in 2021. Current economic, environmental, and health concerns play a significant role in travel trends. Tourism and business are only two of the traveling objectives currently and in the coming year.


More than 60 percent of people surveyed expressed the need to travel within the proximity of home. Limited finances may limit travel options. The ongoing concern for health and safety may be another reason why many prefer staying closer to home. Individuals living close to national or state parks have the opportunity to venture outdoors to enjoy nature while saving money and maintaining recommended social distance protocols.

Flexible Work and Travel

The loss of going to a brick and mortar business to work secondary to Covid-19 enabled many to work from home. Having access to a laptop, internet connection, and digital media means that individuals have the option of working from any location. Thus, employees may travel any time of year and to many different destinations while splitting their time for enjoyment and work.

Pop Culture Destinations

The locations that served as the backdrop for filming certain TV shows and movies are becoming increasingly popular vacation destinations. Fans of the hit series “Game of Thrones” delight in venturing to Dubrovnik, Croatia, to see the real King’s Landing. Perhaps travel to Scotland to Doune Castle, who played the role of the Stark family estate. Fans of the “Hobbit” trilogy might plan a trip to New Zealand, where the movies were filmed. Marvel Comics enthusiasts may journey to one or more destinations where “Avengers: Endgame” was filmed.

Unique Accommodation Options

In hopes of having a once-in-a-lifetime, travelers might opt to combine an exotic vacation with staying in an unusual accommodation. Winter travel enthusiasts might consider venturing to Manitoba, Canada, and spend time in the Tundra Buggy Lodge for the chance to watch the local polar bear activity. Maybe venture to a community exhibiting ice sculptures and spend the night in an authentic ice hotel. If desiring to travel to Great Britain, perhaps stop in Oxford and stay at the Malmaison. The historic location served as a prison for decades before being renovated into a luxury hotel.