When it comes to international travel, 2020 has been a bit of a write-off, and with good reason.
The Coronavirus pandemic effectively shut down international travel for a long period mid 2020 and, when some borders finally did open up their doors to international visitors once again, Europe was hit with a second wave of the virus, causing many countries to impose travel restrictions for a second time.
However, with preliminary news of a vaccine on the horizon, and with many pundits predicting a mass roll-out early next year, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility to assume that international travel will become much more available in the first quarter of 2021. Or, will certain reasons hold the travel industry back, if only for a little while? Let’s discuss what may happen...
Given that many people have been “stuck inside” for the past several months, in one form of lockdown or another, there’s a strong chance that when things do finally become more open, the travel industry will experience a significant boost, the likes of which we may never even have seen before.
In fact, a recent survey from the World Travel & Tourism Council has revealed that a staggering 99% of respondents are “eager” to travel again in the year 2021, while a massive 70% “plan to take a holiday” in the new year.
If numbers like these are anything to go by, airlines and travel vendors might have their hands full when COVID finally begins to settle down.
Then again, there’s the opposite end of the spectrum...
There have been (and still are) certain locations that seem to have dealt with the pandemic much better than others.
These countries have low (or lower than average) infection and death rates when compared to other countries.
There is a chance people will look at this data as a kind of ‘safety net’ and choose to travel only to the countries where the virus seemed to have been the most under control. This would be unfortunate, as many of the locations that have suffered the worst at the hands of the virus just so happen to be some of the most spectacular in the world.
The huge jump in popularity of outdoor activity during the pandemic (socially distant, of course) is a clear indication of not only people’s desire to squeeze in some much-needed exercise but also of people’s desire to get out and discover new locations for themselves.
And while this hasn’t entirely been possible under lockdown restrictions, when the world returns to normal, we have no doubt that people who have recently discovered a new love for walking and hiking will want to take advantage of their newfound freedom and head off on their own adventure.
Not only this, but a walking holiday might also be seen to be one of the safer options. After all, when you’re out walking it is much easier to socially distance yourself from people and greatly limit person-to-person contact.
That’s where we come in! Whereabouts Holidays offers walking holidays to some of the most breathtaking and countrified locations in all of Europe.
From the glorious hills and mountains of Austria to the tranquility of the French countryside, here’s hoping in 2021 the world will be yours for the taking!