What type of traveler are you? (Armchair is not an option.)June 29, 2021 | By Vicki Hyman
Maybe you consider a 25-hour airport layover completely reasonable if it saves you $25. Or maybe you consider a hotel without room service roughing it. When you get to your destination, do you head to the hottest restaurant in town or to the hiking trail least trekked?
Whatever your budget or taste, your travel plans were likely stalled by the pandemic. But Mastercard’s “Recovery Insights: Ready for Takeoff?” report on travel trends in 2021 reveals some notable shifts among types of travelers. As travel starts to pick up again, with one in five countries close to pre-pandemic levels of domestic bookings, budget travel has been the big leader, while long-haul and luxury travel continue to lag.
So what kind of traveler are you, and what do the reopening of borders and the loosening of restrictions mean for you?
On the horizon
International travel will continue to recover much more slowly than domestic, but with even cautious border reopenings, there are certain air travel corridors that are meeting and even exceeding pre-pandemic levels — between Australia and New Zealand, for example, and the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean, for example.
Vaccination rates are rising, and although we’re unlikely to see international travel return in full force in the near future, there is the tantalizing potential for travel beyond just where our two feet can take us, no matter if they’re clad in hiking boots, flip-flops or spa slippers. Bon voyage!
Illustration credit: Jihoon Kang