“New sense of urgency” to hit the road

There’s a “new sense of urgency” to travel, said Stephanie Papaioannou, vice president of luxury travel firm Abercrombie & Kent.

“Customers feel like they’ve lost two years, and older customers worry they’ll have fewer healthy years to travel,” she said.

A couple pose in front of Machu Picchu, a destination in Peru that tops many travellers’ wish lists.

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Lee Thompson, co-founder of the adventure travel company Flash pack, Okay.

“People are desperate to run away,” he said. “They’ve been waiting to come back out there and they don’t shy away from those international destinations and great unique adventures.”

The year of the ‘GOAT’

Expedia calls 2022 the year of the GOAT, or the “greatest of all trips.”

In a survey of 12,000 travelers in 12 countries, the company found that 65% of respondents plan to “think big” on their next trip, according to a company representative. As a result, he named the desire for exciting and extravagant travel “the biggest travel trend” of the year.

An Expedia survey of 12,000 travelers found that Singapore residents were least likely to have traveled during the pandemic (59%) and most likely to want to splurge (43%) on their next trip .

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Amadeus is seeing an increase in searches to ‘epic destinations’, according to a company report published in November. Searches to Tanzania (+36%), flights to Petra in Jordan (+22%) and bookings to cities near Machu Picchu (nearly +50%) increased from 2020 to 2021, according to the report.

According to the report, these trends are expected to increase this year, along with interest in the Indian Ocean and Antarctic islands.

The pandemic has changed “the mood of travelers,” said Decius Valmorbida, president of travel at Amadeus.

“We have people who are just saying, ‘Look, what if another pandemic happens? What if I’m locked up again? “, He said. There is “a psychological effect that is now the moment. “

Searches for stays in holiday homes abroad are now at the rate of 2019, according to The HomeToGo Travel Trends Report, released at the end of November.

The international destinations with the highest search increases this year, compared to 2019, are Tuscany, Italy (+141%), the Bahamas (+129%), Bora Bora in French Polynesia (+98%) , the Maldives (+97%) and the south of France (+88%), according to the report.

The most sought-after international destinations by Americans for travel in 2022 are Rome, Bali, London, Paris and Mexico’s Riviera Maya — which includes Playa del Carmen and Tulum — according to Expedia.

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Research shows that people between the ages of 18 and 34 are driving the trend, and families are also getting in on the act, Abercrombie & Kent’s Papaioannou said.

“Families choose destinations they’ve always dreamed of, especially those centered on outdoor experiences like Nile cruises, Machu Picchu, safaris and houseboat cruises in Europe,” she said. .

Loosen the purse strings

Although financially devastating for some, the pandemic has allowed others – namely, professionals who have been able to work from home – to make more savings.

Some 70% of leisure travelers in major countries – such as the US, UK, Canada, Japan and Spain – plan to spend more on travel in 2022 than they did over the past five years, according to a November report joint report by the World Travel & Tourism Council and the Trip.com travel website.

Travelers are “more willing than ever” to splurge on future trips, according to Expedia.

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Globally, HomeToGo’s average booking spend rose 54% last year, compared to 2019, according to company data. But average rates per night haven’t increased as much — about 10% — for bookings this year compared to before the pandemic, said company co-founder and CEO Patrick Andrae.

“Pent-up demand for travel has led travelers to take longer vacations, with many choosing to do so in a spacious vacation rental rather than a hotel,” he said.

American travelers are also looking for quieter and more luxurious destinations this summer – Maui rather than Honolulu, Nantucket rather than Cape Cod – despite the higher costs, according to data from HomeToGo.

Travelers may be willing to pay more to get to certain places, rather than making the trip itself more luxurious. According to Expedia, twice as many U.S. respondents said they were willing to spend more to see “to do list” destinations (32%) than to book luxury experiences (15%) or room or flight upgrades (16%).

The willingness and ability to spend more is probably a good thing, as travel costs have increased in some places. the US Travel Association December Travel Price Index, which measures travel costs in the United States, shows that the prices of food (+10%), hotels (+13.3%) and fuel (+26.6%) have increased compared to to 2019.

Airfares, however, were below 2019 levels (-17%), according to the index – but that could soon change, in part due to rising jet fuel costs.

Family reunions and “friendcations”

People celebrate missed milestones, often with extended family, Papaioannou said. Data from Abercrombie & Kent shows a 26% increase in future bookings from five or more customers compared to 2019, she said.

Family reunion-style vacations will be popular this year, agreed Mark Hoenig, co-founder of the digital travel company VIP traveler.

People are expected to travel more with friends and family this year.

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“People are still making up for lost time with their families,” he said. “Destinations that cater to large, multi-generational families, such as those with a high stock of large villas – including the Caribbean, Mexico and the Maldives – are seeing an increase in bookings.”

The UK saw a surge in bookings by large groups once restrictions eased, according to Amadeus. Reservations at party venues, such as Las Vegas; Cancun, Mexico; and the Spanish island of Ibiza, led the company to name “friendcations” as one of the top travel trends for 2022.

Renewed demand for travel agents

Big trips often require big plans, leading to renewed demand for travel agents, said Elizabeth Gordon, co-founder of the tour operator and tour operator. Extraordinary journeys.

Professional planners can help travelers navigate “Covid-19 testing, restrictions, changes to entry requirements, visas, flights, accommodation, activities and contingency plans”, it said. she declared.

Even “do-it-yourself travelers,” who normally plan their own trips, are now looking for professional help to ensure their next trips go smoothly, said Hoenig of VIP Traveler.