In 2021, living remotely will continue to define travel preferences with travellers looking for more access to open spaces, fresh air, and wildlife, according to the 2021 travel trends forecast released by alternative accommodation majorAirbnb.
Many travellers may intend to work remotely in a room with a view in 2021, the company said. Entrepreneurs may explore new hubs closer to their businesses or customers. Airbnb said it has documented stays by entrepreneurs looking for a hub, ‘digital nomads’ who aspire to work from anywhere for longer periods of time, and other creatives. Authors, musicians, artists, and athletes alike are increasingly looking for stays with private spaces and retreating to suburban or rural areas from big cities, the company said.
Airbnb said with discretionary outbound travel on a slow uptick currently, there are reasons to predict that travel in 2021 will bounce back in India, on both domestic and inbound sectors. Airbnb search data suggests India remains a hotly searched-for destination globally, with destinations such as Gokarna, Kasol, Alibag and Haridwar in the most searched for list.
When it comes to outbound travel, Indians are searching for locations such as Toronto and London.
Amanpreet Bajaj, general manager, Airbnb India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, said transparency, trust and safety will be more critical than ever before, and will continue to set the benchmark for traveller expectations. “Trends such as travelling closer to cities and working from anywhere will continue to see interest. Importantly, this means that travel benefits more and more local communities economically, rather than being concentrated in tourist hotspots. We truly look forward to a future of travel that is inclusive, sustainable and regenerative.”
According to Airbnb search data, guests continue to search for nearby stays that are a drive away from metro cities, to explore a slower pace of life for holidays or for inspiration. The top spots for nearby stays include: Gokarna, Shimla, Mussoorie, Kasauli and Alibag.