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How travel trends have changed //

Where are we Wandering now? 

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How travel trends have changed.
Where are we Wandering now? 

With international travel still off the cards for 2021, travel trends have changed. But Australians are continuing to enjoy the treasures of our own backyard.

Thanks to our geographical isolation and strict border controls we have many Covid-safe travel opportunities. So, instead of planning to jet set off to Europe or America, Australia’s domestic tourism is booming. That means the big travel trends of 2021 look quite different to the cancelled trips of 2020.

The Big Travel Trends of 2021

Exploring our own backyard

It’s no stretch to see road trips were one of the big travel trends of 2020. And it seems we are intent on continuing our favourite pastime. Tourism Australia research shows that 55% of Australians are intent on taking an interstate road trip in the next 12 months.

On the menu? Everything from wide open spaces or waking up next to the ocean. It could be exploring regional areas and small-town delights or even visiting national parks and wild rainforests. And all the while indulging in food and wine experiences.

Grampians National Park, Victoria. Photo by Manuel Meurisse on Unsplash.

We want more from travel: mindful experiences and sustainability

Consumer research from Travel Australia found that 91% of travellers are doing so to open their minds and increase their knowledge. On the other hand, 74% are actively seeking travel experiences that help them give back to the places they visit.

Even prior to the pandemic, Australian’s interest in sustainable travel was growing rapidly. In 2019, 2.2 million people said they wanted to take part in eco-tourism in the following year.

‘Demand for sustainable tourism practices is also increasing as more and more people acknowledge travel as a positive force for good. Based on Covid-19 and what we saw following the summer bushfires, we anticipate that the wellbeing of people, and our natural environment will be key considerations for many travellers in 2021.’ – Tourism Australia’s Managing Director, Phillipa Harrison.

The reduction in international travel has also caused people to examine the way they are travelling. Booking.com research shows that 53% of people want to explore more sustainable ways of travelling, reducing their impact on the environment and local communities.

We want to learn more about our environment, immerse ourselves in it and contribute to protecting our diverse landscapes.

Springbrook, Scenic Rim, Queensland. Photo by Sebastian Hans on Unsplash.

We want to travel to regenerate

If there’s one thing the last year has taught us it just might be the value of a holiday to restore and relax. Travel trends show that we are seeking a more connected, transformative and regenerative holiday – be it a multi-day hike or long weekend in an eco-friendly cabin in a forest or by the ocean.

Where are you wandering to in 2021?

Keep Wandering.

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