Travel Trends for Future Travel

Titan Travel has published its Travel Trends report as the UK government’s roadmap out of lockdown signals a turning point for the industry.

Titan Travel has recently released its Travel Trends 2021 report. Looking at the latest booking data, customer research, travel experts and feedback from Titan customers, the document looks at the future trends and gives travellers advice and guidance on where and when to book their next adventure.

Key points made in the document include:

  • Flexibility and control over bookings are more important than ever for customers.
  • Short-haul destinations on the rise.
  • Smaller booking windows for 2021 departures, customers travelling in September – December are looking to book 5-months before they travel.
  • New bookings forecast to increase from March as restrictions ease.
  • 72% of bookings for 2022 are for inspirational and long haul destinations, customers are looking for an “epic” destination.

“With the UK’s Covid-19 vaccination programme progressing well and the government recently announcing its roadmap out of lockdown, there is every reason to be optimistic about future travel… We anticipate bookings to continue to rise as restrictions lift from March and recommend travellers looking to book a holiday do so with a trusted tour operator or travel agent.” Andy Squirrell, Managing Director, Titan Travel,

Titan’s top 20 for future travel

The destinations that are topping Titan’s escorted tour charts for future departures include Croatia (13), India (7), Portugal (16) and South Africa (4), with Italy taking the number 1 spot on the list. Costa Rica sits at number 12 on the list, with some early 2022 departures completely sold out already, seeing customers book further in advance for destinations offering wildlife and natural landscapes.

Popular booking trends

There is a demand for flexibility as customers are looking for 100% protection with any future trips. With flexibility and safety a priority to them when booking and travelling in a COVID world. 

Looking at Titan’s best selling tours there’s a rise in demand for short-haul trips, and many customers are looking to stay in Europe for 2021, before embarking on their long haul journeys in 2022. This has led to shorter booking lead times, with customers making late decisions and intending to book 5-6 months before travelling in 2021.

Where to go when

  • January – Australia
  • February – Borneo
  • March – Iceland
  • April – Japan
  • May – Canada
  • June – The Amalfi Coast
  • July – Madagascar
  • August – Kenya
  • September – New England, USA
  • October – Vietnam and Cambodia
  • November – India
  • December – Germany

Types of holiday

Along with certain destinations that are proving popular with travellers, there has also been a demand for certain holiday types:

  • Small group tours: With some small group tours having a maximum passenger number of 12-24, this way of travelling allows for a more immersive experience in an intimate setting. Fewer people means that harder-to-reach destinations are more accessible.
  • UK short breaks: From stunning coastlines to historic villages, there’s so much to discover on our doorstep it’s no surprise that UK breaks have seen a 34% increase in bookings. The Isle of Wight is one of the most popular destinations with travellers, with a 48% increase in bookings.
  • Multi-destination holidays: More travellers are looking to combine multiple destinations during one holiday, to make up for the missed travel moment last year. Cruise and tour holidays are the perfect option for those looking to explore multiple destinations in just one trip.
  • River Cruising: With river cruising hot spots like the Douro and the Danube more popular than ever, the outlook over the next few years for river cruising holidays in extremely positive. Due to river cruises being much smaller in size, social distancing is easier to manage, so travellers will have peace of mind when onboard.

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