How we’ll travel in 2021


How we’ll travel in 2021

A travel editor looks at this year’s key trends

Tom Robbins

Keys to the city

After years of concern about mounting “overtourism”, 2020 was the year that honeypots such as Venice, Dubrovnik, Athens and Barcelona found themselves suddenly and unexpectedly deserted. In 2021, those visitors who do return could find they have the run of the piazzas, parks and promenades, unencumbered by tourist hordes, as well as finding hoteliers and restaurateurs eager to welcome them back. And given many national coronavirus vaccination programmes are prioritising older people first, it’s possible a lucky group of elderly travellers could find themselves in the vanguard, with a unique opportunity in 2021.

“We have definitely seen an uptick in interest from our more ‘experienced’ clientele, who show a real ambition to visit their favourite cities without the madding crowd, as soon as they are able to have the vaccination,” says Ted Wake, joint MD of Kirker Holidays. He reports receiving a letter from an octogenarian client who visited Venice in August and found it “more sublime than I can ever remember ... it reminded me of my first visit in the mid-1950s”. She is now planning to return, post-vaccination, in March...

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