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Fall Travel Trends: the season of indecision

By Satyaki Dutta

Uncertainty exists in travel this autumn. It’s due to the rise in cases and ever-altering travel restrictions after fast-tracked summer which apparently reached pre-pandemic numbers.

Growinganxiety about the Delta variantand seasonal travel dip have prompted travellers to plan more carefully, hence reduced bookings. International trips are shifted to 2022, as people started checking conditions before booking.

But ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ – travelling this fall has few potentials. Booking a flexible ticket will be at ease.Some airlines, have restored flexibility for basic economy class, who were not normally be allowed to change their tickets.

Some luxury travellers are pickingup ‘trip stacking’ or buying two trips over the same period of time least one drops through. Many are been forced to cancel travel plans due to change in regulations during the pandemic. Booking two trips confirmany one for sure, which is most likely to succeed in October.

More rooms on the plane can be expected but car rentals and hotels would be expensive.

Businesses across the travel industry struggle to reconstruct their work force, so services are imperfect. Theairlines are hiring more call centre employees to lessen call wait times, which are now several hours for most of the airlines.

Growth is seen among the budget airlines, which is advantageous due to shift in leisure travel during the pandemic. Budget airlines attract casual leisure travellers who travel on their own as theyoffer direct flights to widespread vacation destinations.

There’s a high inclination on road trips and domestic travel as vaccinations still unavailable for children under 12. Expectedpaediatric vaccine by now, families can’t help but calculate the risk of traveling with their children.

Every destinations need to bring in new and smart crowd management measures to attract potential visitors. Nowadays travellers opt for alternative destinations, trying to avoid crowded tourist attractions

Tech will help us recover the freedom, confidence and ease of past, while at the same time help people travel safely and sensibly.

The next innovations will bring even more change, with enhanced online experiences influencing future travel behaviour and planning. Travellers would feel more comfortable going to an unknown destination if they could watch out beforehand by using virtual reality.

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