With borders opening across the world, some people will be desperate to catch the next plane abroad. However, many of us have been learning about the hidden gems on our doorsteps with this extensive time spent at home. Our love for staycations will flow into 2022, as we continue to explore the beautiful, diverse and lesser-known landscapes, from wonderful wild spots to overlooked small towns.
For those who do want to venture beyond their homes, there might not be a better time to visit some of those bucket list destinations, especially any honeypot sites. Travel will continue to be quieter than it was pre-pandemic, meaning popular cities, landmarks and tourist attractions will have fewer visitors, creating a much more relaxed experience, especially out of season.
After years of chasing our favourite destinations, flitting from country to country, trying to cross off as many places on our scratch maps as possible, the pandemic forced us to stop in our tracks and reassess. What do we want from travel? If we want to experience the truly authentic side of a place, we need to slow down, stay longer and take it all in. It’s a chance to connect with the people, culture, and our surroundings. It’s a way to live like the locals do, and explore deeper, by train, bike, or foot. On top of this, slow travel will reduce your carbon footprint, minimising your impact on the environment. Bonus!
With slow travel going full steam ahead, it looks like there is going to be a boom in people exploring destinations by rail. With new, eco-friendly trainlines popping up all over the world, it will be easier, now more than ever, to admire some of the most scenic spots of a country from the comfort of a cosy carriage. Whether you’re there to enjoy the ride, or just trying to get from A to B – trains are in.
No, this doesn’t mean just getting first class seats on a flight (although, that would be nice too). Upgrade travel is our version of ‘revenge’ travel. Many travellers will feel robbed of important adventure time during the pandemic, and have now saved up enough pennies to splash out on those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Perhaps you’ll pick that extra-luxurious eco lodge in Costa Rica, or escape to a paradise island in the Caribbean? Wherever you go, it’s time to treat yourself.
We’ve been keeping our distance for far too long – It’s time to experience the buzz of city life again. Many places have been adapting to a different way of life, so when we return, the streets will feel fresher and more vibrant than ever before. We want to visit those pavement cafes, discover new museums and exhibition, immerse ourselves in the culture, creativity, and history of these lesser-known and less-crowded hubs. The question is, which one will you choose?
The ultimate digital detox. Leave your phone, zoom meetings, and most of all, social media at home and be at one with the great outdoors. Whether you’re exploring Europe’s refreshing and rejuvenating forests, mountains, and lakes, or getting lost in the remarkable desert landscapes across the Middle East, it’s time to immerse yourself in the wonderful world nature created. It’s good for the soul.
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