10 Travel Trends for 2021: Post-COVID-19 Pandemic Travel

Last Updated on by Manmeet Kaur

With the emergence of the global pandemic, all our travel plans fell to pieces. It has been a few months since the lock down opened and people have begun traveling again. These travel plans not only come with stern COVID-19 guidelines but will affect our future traveling as well.

Scroll down to know the 10 new travel trends you need to practice in 2021 inclusive of every traveler preference.

Go Solo

The best travel stories are of those who travel independently. After the pandemic, traveling solo will be the trend in 2021. In fact, the before and after the proportion of solo travelers in India will shock you.

According to a survey, the number of Indian solo travelers has increased from 18% to 54% after the pandemic.

They say to plan a trip on their own in the future. On the other hand, 49% of travelers say they would want to travel more in 2021 to make up for the lost time this year. It is time to get out in the world and travel as much as they can! 

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Family Reunions

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The year 2020 has disconnected us from our families and friends physically. So, it’s time to reconnect and have that bonding time again!

67% of people are already planning to meet their dear ones in 2021 while 49% of Indians revealed that just talking with their loved ones inspired them to travel again.

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A short escape from reality


In the case of travelers who feel to take a short break from work, workations are the best. It is a great way to maximize slow periods of travel without consuming all your holiday time.

In 2021, there will surely be a lift in weekend trips as 59% of people will plan quick travel. All your disappointment of 2020 will turn into happiness. Further, 35% of travelers say that they prefer to take the weekend getaway as their first trip after a pandemic.

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R and R Vacay


63% of travelers have promised to never take travel for granted ever again. For all the luxury and leisurely travelers, an R and R (rest and relaxation) vacation is a must. 47% of Indian travelers are planning to make relaxation their supreme luxury while 14% of travelers want to travel to a luxurious villa, five-star hotel, and more.

Yummy in Tummy


People who desire food all the time and travel to taste the cuisine of every destination are inspired to travel again in 2021. Enjoying the local food of a place brings a smile to many travellers’ faces. In fact, 38% of travellers are interested to indulge in culinary delights in India and save money from international travel.

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The new trend of travelling includes passport-free holidays. In 2021, there will be a huge demand for staycations. It is a new form of travelling yet not actually leaving the place. This pandemic has urged Indian travellers to take up this new form of travelling.

Call of the Wild

Orange County Resort in Kabini

In this era of social distancing, nature holidays are becoming more and more fascinating. Wide-open space with natural beauty and scenic views are attracting a lot of Indian travellers to the wilderness.

Being on a conservation holiday and actively taking part in the ecosystem are also becoming more common. This is perfect to explore the wildlife of India while maintaining a gap from people.

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Secluded Holidays


2021 will inspire travellers to take isolated breaks without crowds. Private villas, boats and boutique hotels along with quaint coastal, lakeside mountains and rural locations are likely to receive a few Indian travellers. For all those travellers who can afford helicopter transfers, hotel takeovers, and island buy-outs this is a great option.

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Dream Trip

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Indian travellers who can afford to plan once-in-a-lifetime-trips over the next few years are now planning to stay for longer duration at their dream destinations.

This pandemic has changed people’s priorities and attitudes. Travellers are planning to take an exotic vacation abroad and stay for a longer time.

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Caravanning and motor homing are the new forms of travelling after this pandemic. The term “Drivecation” has inspired many Indian travellers to take a new toll upon their driveways. This travel trend is what people need to practice more in 2021 to add some fun to their daily lives and reduce the stuck-at-home blues.

Who would have ever thought about these before the pandemic?

Country Manager of India, Sri Lanka, and Maldives at Booking.com, Ritu Mehrotra, said, “The effect of COVID-19 has and will continue to evolve the way we travel, impacting our choices and decisions in the near future.” She further said, “While travel in 2021 will be different, it is reassuring to see that Indians are still optimistic about its possibilities and have found creative ways to fulfil their wanderlust despite the pandemic.” She added,  “The findings of the Booking.com research and emerging trip types are a testament to fact that travel is a vital part of our lives and when the best, and safest, possibilities permit, travellers will confidently take a step forward to chase their travel dreams once again.”

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