If the summer of 2020 is unforgettable for vacationers, it will most likely be a year of leaving home. But this does not mean that you need to limit your horizons: a great trip enjoys a revival.
This year, 46 million Americans they say they plan to hit the open road in a recreational vehicle (RV), compared to 25 million in 2019Since the blockages from the coronavirus force travel enthusiasts to take a closer look at the holiday home.
“Car travel is supposed to be the preferred mode of transportation,” Dr. Lynn Minnaert, associate professor at the New York University Hospitality Center, CNBC told CNBC about upcoming travel trends, told CNBC.
And the open road is already beckoning.
From the beginning of April to May, booking on the RVshare website grew by 1000%, and booking on Outdoorsy jumped 1500% from their low in March. Shares of the two largest US publicly traded companies, Winnebago and Thor, jumped 244% and 230%, respectively, from their lowest levels in March.
But if the idea of long hours stuck in stuffy traffic jams inspires fear in you, think again. Just as the tourism industry has developed in recent years to offer more accessibility and personalized experience, it has also paved the way for many travel options.
Route for all travelers
As some travelers shun hotels in the name of social distance, holiday homes have become an attractive option for many looking for a home away from home.
Airbnb recorded more nights booked for listings in the USA between May 17 and June 3, than for the same period in 2019, with similar domestic demand in Germany, South Korea and New Zealand. In the United States, half of these trips were within 200 miles from the traveler’s place of residence – a trip driven on one tank with gasoline – with holiday favorites such as Big Bear Lake in California and Port Aranzas in Texas, dominating in the first places.
The Expedia Group Vrbo and Booking Holdings rental sites are seeing similar growth in domestic booking. “Every place where you see water, mountains or national parks, houses around it is what starts to be booked.” noted Vrbo president Jeff Hurst.
Rugged rocks dominate the landscape in Utah’s Arches National Park.
Meanwhile, campsites and motor homes remain a moody option for short-term vacations, Minnaert said. “Camping is expected to become more popular and less visited.”
Campsite Reservation Site Campspot has increased its bookings by 10% since May, compared to the lows of March and April, with most bookings being on RVs, followed by lodges (21%) and tents (6%). And, according to Lisa Simeone, director of Simeone Deary Design Group, many sites are moving fast to gain the trust of vacationers.
“Cleanliness is a key factor, and ensuring that guests feel that hygiene is a priority that owners pay special attention to, along with outdoor programming, proper social distance and other safety measures, will give travelers a sense of security that is inherent in a return to the joy of travel.” said Simeone.
This growing demand also means that there are opportunities for expensive travel.
“The scope is wide open for hotel business providers to offer some truly amazing, truly innovative concepts,” said Simeone, who foresees the rapid development of luxurious spaces, especially in the field of customizable amenities.
“Refrigerators in the cabin, which are filled in advance only with those products that you have selected and pre-ordered from the list of curators, as well as an application that connects you with local partners who offer result-oriented health and wellness, or indulgent spa services, and also the ideal Transport services will help you get there, “everything will be okay, of course, she suggested.
Bistro at Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley, California.
Auberge resorts collection
Black Tomato is one of the companies that drives this trend. The luxury travel brand collaborates with the Auberge Resorts Collection, providing travelers with everything they need to get on the road in style: starting with delivering the most modern Mercedes-Benz home, complete with a pre-programmed route search, curated playlist. and a picnic basket, ready for the trip.
According to Black Tomato President Tom Marchant, specially designed itineraries covering the New England coastline and the wine country of California are designed to help travelers from the United States make the most of what their country has to offer.
“We often feel guilty for looking past incredible events that lie comfortably in our backyard,” he said. “Currently, thoughtful domestic travels and these incredible events seem especially special and are a huge support for the US economy.”
However, an expensive vacation is not cheap. Five-night packages start at $ 4,995 per person. Additional services, such as private helicopter flights and wild mushroom walking, are available as additional services. At the same time, Steppes Travel for $ 12,895 makes a 14-day odyssey in the western states, including horseback riding and star tours.
Safety on the road and off-road
Regardless of the route and location, ensuring appropriate health and safety standards will be a top priority for all holidaymakers this summer.
“This means that before you go, you need to make sure that you and your companions are traveling on a healthy lifestyle,” said Oksana Pizik, senior lecturer at the University of Pharmacy, University of London. “Continue to keep your distance from others,” she said. “If you or any member of your family begins to feel unwell, cancel your travel plans and stay at home.”
CNBC Global Traveler talked with experts to find out their best road safety tips.
- Use your own car where possible. When renting, check the company’s cleaning and decontamination processes between customers, said Lisa Lee, vice president of research and innovation at Virginia Tech. “Make sure they use disinfectants approved by the CDC or EPA, and ask for the car that was used and cleaned a day or more ago.”
- Apply sanitizing wipes to clean, high-touch surfaces. Depending on the type of surface, coronavirus can exist outside the body from several hours to several days. Door handles, steering wheels, rear-view mirrors and the trunk are in particular danger.
- Pack hygiene items such as masks. They can be useful not only to you, but also to people whom you may encounter, for example, road assistance.
- Plan your local so you can return home if your travel restrictions change.
- Research campsites and RV parks are ahead of time. Most campsites report how they modify operations and reservations should be made in advance. If you opt for wild camping, look for rural, less populated places. Travel apps can help with this.
- If you travel abroad, check the quarantine requirements in advance to avoid disappointment.
- Try to arrange a contactless registration. This will help you maintain a social distance of 1-2 meters, depending on local requirements.
- If this is your first time camping, consider lighting up to reduce the need for equipment, tuning, and cleaning.
- Avoid traveling with multiple households or large groups. According to Pizik, group bookings are unlikely to be allowed in most areas to reduce the risk of transfer.
- Cook your own food where possible. Most caravans and campsites are equipped with the amenities needed to prepare meals and maintain social distance.
- Maintain social distance in public places. Showers, washbasins and play areas are especially convenient, so when visiting them you should use disinfectant wipes.
- Come cooked with snacks and drinks to reduce the number of stops on the way.
Finally, as states and countries continue to open up, and restrictions on international travel weaken, many of these guidelines will change and other travel options will become available.
However, as morbidity levels continue to fluctuate and the Covid-19 vaccine is still far away, it is likely that the transition to localized, independent travel can go much further in the future.
“Until a safe and effective vaccine is found, our fight against coronavirus continues,” said Pizik. “And we must not discard all the hard work and sacrifices made by so many.”