Last year, I wrote a post on luxury travel trends for 2020, an article that turned out to be one of the most popular I have ever written. As a travel lover, I like to keep on top of what is going on in the industry; what countries are doing something a bit different, how people are travelling, what exciting new hotels are opening and the general future of travel.
Well, we have all been thrown (no matter from where in the world you are reading this) one massive curveball and I didn’t for one minute expect to have spent the last four months barely leaving the house. Consequently, rather than contemplating where I will travel next, it’s when, how and whether I’ll be even able to.
However, as a habitual planner and with the restrictions starting to ease in many places around the globe, the time has come where I can start to take to the road/skies/beach again and I, like many others, am trying to work out how I will be adapting my travel to the current situation.
With all of our travel plans continuing to be on hold for the foreseeable future, I am sure I am not alone in dreaming about my next trip for what is becoming an increasing amount of time with every day that goes by. I have come to the conclusion that the likelihood is that domestic travel will be a more viable option before international travel, so whether you are accustomed to the joys a holiday in your own country can bring or not, here is a list of the benefits of a staycation to get you excited for when we are able to move around (a bit more) freely again.
For the past several years I have been fortunate enough to be able to fly business class on my long haul trips. However, I recently found myself in a position where this just wasn’t an option and instead had the conundrum of trying to figure out how to survive a long flight in economy instead.
I flew economy for many years (and still do on short haul flights), but I traded up for my long haul flights a while ago now and honestly, I love it. Travel is my chosen luxury in life and I really enjoy and look forward to the whole flying experience now it is so comfortable, even as much as the holiday itself.
Have you ever landed back home after a break, put some laundry on, sorted through the mail, got half way through making that cup of coffee in an effort to fight the jet lag and thought, “I need another holiday.” Well, I think there may well be an antidote to this and it’s something you may have heard of, slow tourism.
We travel for so many different reasons, however I would hazard a guess that for many of us it is to disconnect from the daily grind for a while, reset from the manic nature of work and household chores and return refreshed and ready to take on your life again. Realistically though, I find this doesn’t often happen and I can come home having had an amazing time, but somehow forgot (or ironically, didn’t have time to) chill out and actually relax.
Have you ever arrived at an airport and it’s touch and go whether you’ll make it onto the plane? That’s me, most of the time. It is not my husband, who leaves for the airport three days before our flight is scheduled to leave. We often travel separately to the airport.
Anyway, to combat my slight tendency to run things to the wire (I love the pressure!), there are various airport fast track services that virtually guarantee the time it will take me to get through the airport, meaning I get to allocate even less buffer time!