Using all of the information above, we know that traveling is going to look a little different in the future. But how will travel look going forward and what trends are you seeing in the industry?
“There are some trends that we’re seeing in this new age of travel. The first one would be “closer to home” and you guys in Europe are so lucky to have so many amazing things around you. It’s funny how we never explore our own backyard. We’re always going to far away destinations, new places, but sometimes we forget about the beauty and culture and experiences that we have really close by. This is a major trend that we’re seeing!
The second trend is not something that I thought I would ever be talking about when we talk about travel: It’s health and hygiene. That is a trend that is new for all of us. Really focusing and bringing this to the forefront. Everyone wants travel to come back and we know that we have to look at it differently, We’re going to have to add in new policies, new procedures to keep everyone safe.
When your looking at traveling or an airline, hotel or taking a tour. You’re going to want to make sure that the company that you’re booking with, has thought about all of these policies and procedures. One of the big things I’ve been involved with at G Adventures is our Travel with Confidence policy. What that is, is really G Adventures looking at every step of the customer journey. Thinking about when you arrive and first meet you tour leader, when your interacting with the group: are you wearing a mask? When did you last wash your hands? And all those types of things. These things will change your experience, that’s for sure. But it’s there to make sure that you can still have the time of your life! Make sure that wherever you’re booking or looking to do, that you feel comfortable and confident with the company that you’re booking with and that they have though about this. And not just thinking about hand sanitizer and masks, but also thinking about what happens if someone were to get sick. Do you have medical insurance? All of those things are things you will have to think about.
Next up would be an exciting trend that we created a new word for, and that we’ve even added to our vocabulary in the industry, and it’s the term “bubble”. I think we’re all experiencing a bubble in our lives right now. We’re going to see more people going out and traveling with their loved ones. It’s been hard for many of us being separated from our loved ones during this time period. So, we’ll be seeing more of traveling and exploring with the people we weren’t able to spend as much time with during this time period. Making new and exciting memories as you travel the world with your bubble.