For almost three years, the world stopped. The noise of plane engines and the lively chatter of travelers exploring new destinations have faded into a distant memory. The pandemic has brought the world to a standstill and, with it, the travel industry.
Today, the global travel industry has finally emerged from its long hibernation. Tourism is regaining momentum. Despite the most serious challenges, the sector has demonstrated remarkable resilience.
But as we enter this new era of travel, we are greeted by a transformed landscape. The pandemic has not only impacted the frequency and volume of travel, but it has also caused a paradigm shift in the way we travel. The days of quick tours and checklist itineraries are giving way to a more mindful approach to exploring the world.
From slow travel and experience-based tourism to eco-friendly options and remote work vacations, the post-pandemic traveler is looking for more than just a change of scenery. They seek meaningful experiences, personal growth, and a deeper connection to the places they visit.
Slow and engaging
Kevin Hartanto, founder and travel curator of Jakarta-based travel agency TRUVI, predicts that last year’s “revenge trips” will shift to longer vacations. Slow travel is growing in popularity, he says, as travelers seek to fully immerse themselves in the culture, history and local flavors of their destinations.
It’s not just about crossing landmarks off a list, it’s about experiencing a destination in depth and making a lasting impact on travelers and the places they visit.
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