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Here are the top travel trends for 2021, according to Airbnb

October 28, 2020

Rise of alternative destinations, living and working from anywhere, group travel and greater relevance for cleanliness and privacy.

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  • According to Airbnb in 2021, the trend is not necessarily to travel for tourism, but to live safely, work and socialize outside the home.
  • Zimatlán de Álvarez, Oaxaca, Zacatlán, Puebla, Punta Maroma, Quintana Roo and Boca de Tomatlán, Jalisco are among the local destinations that are trendy among Mexicans.
Here are the top travel trends for 2021, according to Airbnb
Here are the top travel trends for 2021, according to Airbnb

Tourism was undoubtedly one of the sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the year progresses and as we get used to a “new normal”, changes in habits are observed and will continue.

In this context, long-distance travel and international flights will continue to be affected, although after a large part of the year in isolation, people would prefer to get back in touch with their friends and family in a safe and controlled manner. In accordance with Airbnb, In 2021, the trend will be towards not necessarily traveling for tourism, but living safely away from home, working and socializing.

According to a survey by the accommodation company and analysis of searches and reservations for the next year, the platform revealed three key trends that will define travel in 2021:

Live everywhere – take the life on the street

For many, working from home is already the norm, but in 2021, working from home could become work from home. According to the survey conducted by Airbnb:

  • 83% of respondents are in favor of moving as part of remote working.

  • A quarter believe they can “live where they want and work remotely”.

  • One in five respondents temporarily or permanently relocated their living situation during the pandemic.

  • If schools continue to do distance learning, it is very likely that 60% of parents will consider working remotely.

  • Gen Z teens and millennials are most likely to believe they can move to a new place to work or study remotely.

“From July to September this year, there was a 128% increase in searches for the terms” moving “,” remote work “and” trying out a new neighborhood “compared to the same period last year, according to a statement from Airbnb.

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Redefining “staycation” or vacation at home

While uncertainty persists, local travel will continue to be a trend in 2021. This is evident in 62% of those surveyed who said they want to travel close to their homes. As expected, local destinations will be the most popular by 2021. Some of the most sought after destinations by Mexicans for local stays are:

  • Zimatlán de Álvarez, Oaxaca.

  • Zacatlán, Puebla.

  • Punta Maroma, Quintana Roo.

  • Boca de Tomatlán, Jalisco.

  • Cardonal, Hidalgo.

  • San Miguel de Cozumel, Quintana Roo.

  • Cuetzalan, Puebla.

  • Mezcales, Nayarit.

  • Santiago, Nuevo Leon.

  • San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas.

The rise of group travel

The desire to get in touch with other people has become a fundamental part of everyday life. 85% of those questioned are in favor of permanent or temporary relocation with the main aim of being close to the family.

Of those who voluntarily moved this year, 37% said they did so to be close to family or friends. This trend has become popular with the younger generations. 61% of under-50s are interested in moving permanently and 47% are interested in moving temporarily to be close to their loved ones.

Plan the future

When respondents were asked how they were feeling about planning a future trip, they replied “optimistic”. Although there are restrictions in many countries, 36% of travelers dream of traveling every day and that percentage rises to 47% for people who work from home. Although there are still restrictions, travelers dream of their next adventure and Mexicans are no stranger to this trend as they also seek destinations outside of Mexico.