2021 Travel predictions: hope in uncertain times

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What is 2021 travel predictions? There’s only one thing that travelers should expect in 2021 with any certainty: It’s uncertainty. But experts are optimistic about travel in 2021. There’s always hope in uncertain times.

No one knows when the COVID19 pandemic will end. No one knows when authorities will lift travel bans. And we sometimes rely on travel 2021 predictions.  While you can plan all the trips you want now, no one knows if or when you’ll actually be able to take them. It’s all up in the air. Expert advice is always available to plan the perfect trip.

Experts hope the darkest days of the pandemic will be in the rear-view mirror. The way travel has changed, but mostly for the better. Yes, there’s still a lot of uncertainty, but one thing is certain about the future: You will travel again.

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2021 TRAVEL PREDICTIONS FROM THE EXPERTS

Hope in uncertain times

Chris Carnicelli, Generali Global Assistance’s CEO 

SAID: “The average person’s willingness to travel is increasing,” says

John Thompson – CHUBB division president for the international accident and health insurance 

SAID: “Travel will look different, going forward. But it will come back. Why? One simple reason: We must travel. Despite everything that’s happened in 2020, there remains a “deeply human desire to connect, to socialize and collaborate, to maintain and strengthen family bonds – those underlying attributes haven’t gone anywhere”.

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Experts expect the worst is over.

Sloan Dean – CEO of Remington Hotels

SAID: “Dec. 21 was the darkest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and among the darkest days of the pandemic, as far as travelers are concerned. That day will be the longest and brightest of 2021, in more ways than one”.

Airbnb over Hotel in 2021

Jason Guggenheim  –  senior partner in Boston Consulting Group’s travel and tourism practice.

SAID: “We will likely see some changes in the way people travel. For example, travelers will favor Airbnb usage over hotel stays. Also, travelers will likely favor car travel over planes. It’s a continuation of a trend that started in 2020” 

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More deals abound.

Ben Harrell – chief marketing officer at Priceline.

SAID: “Look into flexible deals that are available to book now for travel at a later date. There are amazing offers out there, so take advantage of the current promotions.”

Expect more overbooked flights.

Azim Barodawala – CEO of Volantio

SAID: “Pre-COVID, airlines had a pretty solid sense of how many passengers would cancel or fail to show for their flights, and they would overbook accordingly. Customers can now cancel without penalty, those assumptions are no longer valid, and airlines have already started to overbook more flights”.

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You won’t pay many fees.

Melissa Downham –  travel adviser with Departure Lounge

SAID: “Those hated surcharges, like ticket-change fees and hotel resort fees, will not resurface in 2021. Some of the fees are gone forever. “I think airline change fees are a thing of the past,. If airlines want to stay competitive, they can’t charge people fees – there will always be some airlines that don’t charge change fees – and they will get the consumer loyalty. The same goes for hotels. If they want people to book with confidence, they’re going to have to be more flexible on cancellation terms – even during busy seasons.”

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Everything’s squeaky clean.

Mike Slone –  vice president for travel retail at PROS, a Houston software company

SAID: “Expect the perceived value of cleanliness to continue. Even though there may be a vaccine, we’ve become accustomed to cleaner hotels, restaurants, and flights. Don’t expect that to go away.”

You may want to hire a pro.

Vered Schwarz – president of the short-term rental property management platform Guesty.

SAID: “Because of the pandemic’s unpredictable impact on travel plans, people will increasingly turn to professional travel agencies when arranging their trips. Agents keep their fingers on the pulse of travel and have the latest information, and they can easily facilitate refunds and cancellations.”

Daniel Durazo, director of marketing and communications at Allianz Travel

SAID: “It’s in people’s DNA to travel. With pent-up demand and the hope of a highly effective COVID-19 vaccine, we could see a surge of travel bookings in 2021.”

When should you plan your travel in 2021?

Sarah Confer, a manager for Apus Peru.

SAID: “Vaccine or not, it will take time for complete COVID protocols to be implemented and perfected. So the longer travelers wait, the more likely all the kinks will be worked out by the time they travel”.

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Wait until 2022.

Christopher Schaberg an English professor at Loyola University New Orleans and author of four books on airports.

SAID: “My best travel advice for the upcoming year: Keep travel to an absolute minimum. “See and be with the people you love and reconnect with your home region.”

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Don’t forget your insurance! You never know when you’ll need it. We suggest getting travel insurance.  Which coverage includes medical, trip cancellation, your belongings from theft or damage, baggage,  car rental coverage, and much more.

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