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Upscale U.S. travelers are hitting the road and taking weeks- and even months-long getaways, as well as multi-family vacations, global luxury travel network Virtuoso has found. “Months and months of social distancing, sheltering in place and sticking close to home” is taking its toll, it says. Beyond the road trips and multi-family vacations, clients are dreaming of faraway destinations such as South Africa and Australia.
A survey of Virtuoso’s travel agency members forecasts leisure travel bookings to return and stabilize in six months to a year. Additional insights shared by Virtuoso travel advisors include: Across all regions, domestic beach/island destinations and ocean cruises make up the majority of new bookings and flexible cancellation or rebooking policies are by far the most import factor for clients when booking international trips, ahead of both cleaning and safety protocols and the COVID-19 infection rate in the destination
Virtuoso also surveyed consumers and found that travelers plan on staying close to home through 2020, but international travel will open up for the festive holiday season and 2021 looks promising. Below are additional travel insights per Virtuoso travelers:
2021 Cruising Travel
Virtuoso also reviewed insights garnered by users of Wanderlist, the network’s free interactive social site for travel dreaming and planning. A predictor of where high-net-worth clients are heading next, Wanderlist compiles the destinations and experiences travelers are most anticipating in the future.
Data and insights were gathered from Virtuoso’s travel agency members, preferred partners and consumers based on transactional data and an ongoing series of surveys.