This year saw many travel plans altered and cancelled following the global pandemic.
From cycling holidays in France to sunbathing in the Balearics, island hopping in Greece to Italy escorted tours, no holiday was safe. But there’s some signs that spring 2021 will see a surge in both domestic and foreign holidays. In fact, in Jules Verne’s, The Future of Travel survey suggests that 36% of customers think they will be travelling again by spring 2021.
News of a vaccine
The latest news of a Covid vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech has given a much needed boost to the travel industry, as well as to the confidence of holidaymakers.
Whilst we’re still unsure whether the vaccine will be rolled out globally by the new year, many people are hopeful. In fact, Skyscanner has already seen a surge in online traffic with searches for holidays next spring and summer.
Lower Covid cases
While we may still see a surge in Covid cases over the winter months, just as the flu virus is more prevalent in colder months, the number of Covid cases may begin to recede again come the spring-time. Providing the perfect opportunity for travellers to get away, whether to warmer climes or for skiing holidays.
Unsurprisingly European countries are the ones holidaymakers most want to visit once travel restrictions are eased despite having some of the highest number of Covid cases. However, unlike the UK, many of the most popular European destinations like Italy, France, and Spain have been able, to an extent, get better control of the virus by implementing stricter lockdown rules. These stricter rules and decreasing Covid cases could see much more confidence in visiting them come spring.
46% of respondents to The Future of Travel survey said they planned to travel to Europe over the next 18 months, followed by the Asia Pacific region, The Americas, and Africa. However, it’s worth noting that many African countries had some of the lowest numbers of Covid cases, and the spring is the perfect time to venture there.
From surfing in Morocco to sleeping under the stars in Egypt, wine tasting in South Africa to safaris in Kenya, the temperature in the spring months make Africa an ideal destination for some much needed warmth.
The perfect reset
After almost a year of uncertain travel plans, the spring is the perfect time to getaway and press the reset button. Whilst the future of the virus is uncertain and future summer travel plans still seem a long way off, having a spring getaway booked will give many of us the boost we need to get through the cold and dark winter months. And with 35% of us using the internet to do our holiday research, it’s easier than ever to plan our spring holiday.