Oh, how we miss travel!

Holidays abroad, short breaks, even just days out. Gone are the days where you can choose any destination, book a ticket, throw a few things into a suitcase, and go.

The coronavirus pandemic put a stop to that!

Whilst we aren’t able to look into the future to know when we’ll be able to travel to far off places again, it doesn’t mean we can’t travel at all. We just have to look at things differently.

Travel in 2021

According to an article in The Economist, three big changes will define travel in 2021. The first is frequency and length. Short breaks across borders will remain difficult. As they open, most countries will impose two-week quarantines on incoming and returning travellers, turning a three-day holiday into a 31-day ordeal. As a result, trips will be fewer and longer.

A second change is distance. Domestic tourism will boom in 2021. Big destination countries are trying to make up for the shortfall in international visitors by encouraging citizens to holiday at home.

Holidaymakers will not be difficult to persuade. Going abroad, although possible, will remain a hassle: countless forms, the need for covid-19 tests and the risk of being stranded will all discourage foreign travel.

The third change will be in the nature of the holiday. As trips get fewer and longer, those who can work from home will find an attractive alternative in working from somewhere-a-lot-nicer-than-home, and with fewer restrictions on movements.

Before we take a look at some of the options, we must stress that the safety of yourself and others should always be the first thing you consider when travelling. Always review COVID-19 travel restrictions before you book a holiday.

Holiday at home

Many people will want to stay closer to home and there are many destinations in Turkey that combine new experiences with relative safety

Remote and secluded destinations are popular, for obvious reasons. 2020 was the year of curfews and being cooped up inside and the thought of open countryside, mountainous terrain and not many people holds a definite appeal.

This informative article by Argun Konak takes a look at six ancient sites in Turkey to add to your travel bucket list.

6 outdoor ancient sites in Turkey to add to your 2021 travel bucket list

Where to stay?

When it comes to thinking about somewhere to stay, if you want your own space, you can book a self-catering holiday in a cottage, cabin or one of a selection of unique accommodation options on airbnb – who are also promoting “Go Near” holidays.

From tiny houses to glamping, there’s something to suit everyone. Click here to see what’s on offer.

Take to the road

It will come as no surprise to learn that, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, caravan and camper-van/motorhome holidays are becoming more popular.

After curfews and restrictions, the freedom of spending a holiday in a caravan or motorhome is a consideration for many. Camper-vans/motorhomes are available to rent in Turkey (see links at the end of this article).

As well as being able to keep yourself to yourself, you can also explore as much of Turkey as you want. From beaches along the southwest coast, to Turkey’s many lakes, to the historic region of the Black Sea …and so much more!

Top 10 best beaches in Turkey

Lakes and Rivers in Turkey

Black Sea Region of Turkey

Check out the five spectacular caravan campgrounds in this article written by Leyla Yvonne Ergil for Daily Sabah.

On the road: 5 best caravan camps in Turkey

Support Bubbles and Slow Travel

According to an article in Tourism Review News, support bubbles and slow travel will also be amongst the new trends we will see as a result of the pandemic.

Support Bubbles

Travel in 2021 will no longer be about where you go, but with whom. In the new post-COVID era, more importance will be given to the people who accompany us than to the destination. Next year, we will see many more group holidays for adults only or with selected family members. Multi-generational family travel will also be popular and people will make up for a lost time. Something that we learned in 2020 is that it is not about where you go, but who you enjoy it with.

Slow Travel

For the world, 2020 has meant a slower approach to life. Many travelers have discovered that there is no need to rush. This kind of travel in 2021 will make travelers spend more time discovering a destination and visiting fewer places during the same trip but enjoying more experiences, cultures and traditions that make the journey unique.

Hope for the tourism industry?

According to a survey by Topdeck Travel, 93 per cent of young adults say that the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have increased their desire to travel.

Topdeck Travel’s research indicates that this has resulted in a new movement, especially among younger people. They call the trend ‘rebound travel’, as in literally making a break-up-esque comeback to the travel scene.

“While it will take some time for the world to recover, signs do point towards travel being restored to some extent next year,” says Charles Knowlton, Topdeck’s Global General Manager.

“Travellers have not lost faith in exploring the world, and many cannot wait to book their next adventure.

As the world slowly reopens and flight services resume, we may have to keep an open mind and consider destinations we may not have thought about visiting in the past.

Whatever type of holiday you prefer, we hope the one you choose is enjoyable and safe.

Further reading/useful links

Here’s what experts are forecasting for the travel industry in 2021

Travel in 2021: Key Trends to Keep in Mind

Go Turkey Tourism

Let’s Go Camper

Bandana Motor Caravan Rentals

170 Motorhome stopovers in Turkey

And for those who have not lost faith in exploring the world:

Malta’s best cultural and slow travel locations