At the beginning of 2021, travel trends were murkier than ever.
Data collected throughout the pandemic-stricken 2020 made it clear what travelers want during COVID-19, but it was tough to say with any certainty which trends would or wouldn’t carry into the new year and beyond.
Some of the travel trends identified at that time are still extremely pertinent today. Cleanliness, for instance, remains a top priority for travelers—in fact, it was still THE top priority for travelers as recently as September, which means property managers must stay on top of their vacation rental cleaning protocols.
There’s no doubt the travel industry enjoyed a major rebound in 2021, and with it, several trends emerged. Some of those trends (such as “trip stacking”) are rather new, while others are simply boomeranging back into view after disappearing during the pandemic.
Here are four early 2022 travel trends to keep an eye on in the weeks and months ahead.