Booking.com reveals five emerging trip types of 2021 as travel preferences shift post the COVID-19

As 63% Indians pledge to not take travel for granted in the future, here are five emerging trip types that will redefine the dimensions of travel in 2021


Five emerging trip types for 2021 are:

● Solace in Solo: 54% of Indian travellers say they will be planning a solo trip in the future, a

3X jump from last year when only 18% of Indian travellers preferred a solo trip

Breakaway Bubbles: 67% of Indian travellers plan to use future travel as an opportunity to

reconnect with loved ones

Weekend Wonders: 59% of Indian travellers want to take more shorter breaks in 2021

than they did in 2019

Relaxury: 47% of Indian travellers planning a relaxing trip to get away from it all, making

relaxation the real luxury of 2021

Food for Thought: 38% of Indian travellers are keen to taste and indulge in local cuisine

while travelling


Mumbai, November 30, 2020: The global pandemic turned travellers’ plans upside down in 2020. Looking ahead at 2021, the impact of the pandemic is changing not just our choice of destination but also the type of trips we’re most likely to take in the coming year. New research from Booking.com, the world’s digital travel leader reveals the five emerging trip types for 2021 to motivate and inspire travellers to take a trip (or five) to best fit their newfound travel preference.


1. Solace in Solo

The solo travel trend is likely to gather even greater momentum, as travel was stymied by the pandemic, which will likely nudge them to take the plunge to travel on their own in 2021. Booking.com data pre-pandemic saw only 18%* of Indian travellers planning a trip on their own, while 54%** of Indian travellers now say they will be planning a solo trip in the future. With 49%** of Indian travellers saying they would want to travel more in the future to make up for travel time lost in 2020, this mentality is no doubt encouraging travellers to plan a solo trip of a lifetime, to get back out in the world!


2. Breakaway Bubbles

In 2020, most travellers have had extended time apart from friends and family. For many it appears that distance has made the heart grow fonder as 67%** of Indian travellers plan to use future travel as an opportunity to reconnect with loved ones. In fact, while being apart, 49%** of Indian travellers have revealed that talking to friends and family about travelling is one of their main inspirations to travel again.


3. Weekend Wonders

With many travellers feeling apprehensive that future travel plans could be disrupted again, there will be an increased demand for a quick trip as 59%** of Indian travellers would want to take more shorter breaks in 2021 than they did in 2019 to minimize any disappointment.