Holidays, city trips, trips abroad to see family and friends and even honeymoons have been largely suspended amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Many Brits haven’t traveled abroad for years, so it’s no wonder that travel companies and airlines expect a ‘travel boom’ in 2022 and 2023.
After the lifting of the testing restrictions, easyJet and Jet2 have seen increases of almost 200 per cent and 150 per cent respectively in the UK alone.
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And easyJet believes the way we vacation will ‘never be the same’.
The annual report on consumer holiday trends, published in 2021, states: “We are seeing an even higher level of consumer confidence in bookings for holidays abroad.
“While vacations abroad are returning for many, our research has shown that, after the pandemic, the way we vacation will never be the same.”
easyJet’s survey shows that more than half of consumers (58 percent) are still too nervous about layovers to book a holiday, up from 61 percent in the previous 12 months.
The investigation continues: “In fact, three in five (62 percent) are currently only willing to book a vacation abroad if they are confident their money is protected.
“Meanwhile, just under half (48 percent) of consumers are concerned about not being able to get a refund if a vacation can’t go ahead, and 43 percent are concerned about losing money if they have to cancel their travel plans. modify.”
The recent announcements of lifting restrictions and simplifying testing requirements for international travel appear to be having a positive effect on building confidence when booking holidays and now, easyJet says, people are looking at how to get more out of a holiday at booking.
According to its research, easyJet has found that all-inclusive board and beach destinations are still the most popular holiday types and there is an increasing demand for sustainable holidays, with 31 percent of people saying they will try to minimize their impact on the environment when you going on holiday abroad in the future.
This could be anything from reducing plastic consumption and taking a more environmentally friendly approach to how they use and dispose of items, to traveling more off-peak to avoid overcrowding.
Here are easyJet’s holiday booking trends for 2022 and an insight into how our way of booking as a country could change:
- 39% of Brits are more likely to look for cheap holidays abroad in the future
- 40% of Brits say they have become more aware of the negative impact tourism has on the environment
- 25% of Brits will prioritize leaving with their extended family to make up for lost time
- 31% of Brits will try to reduce their environmental impact while holidaying abroad
- 56% of Brits will pay more attention to the terms of future holiday bookings
- 42% of Brits say they book holidays to less crowded places
- 34% will spend more time planning holidays abroad compared to pre-pandemic
- 42% of Brits say they are more likely to book travel insurance when planning their next holiday
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In addition, it appears that many people (a third) plan to spend over £1000 more than usual on their 2022 holiday and nearly half of those involved in easyJet’s survey plan to spend more than two holidays on this year. to make up for the past two years of limited travel.
Jet2, meanwhile, has seen an influx of customers booking holidays to popular sun, ski and leisure destinations, including mainland Spain, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Turkey and Greece.
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: “The easing of travel restrictions is welcome news for the travel industry and holidaymakers alike and comes during a traditionally very busy period for holiday bookings.
“We have seen an immediate and dramatic spike in bookings, with volumes since the government’s announcement moving towards pre-pandemic levels, demonstrating the demand among people looking to get away for a much-needed holiday.
“We have already entered the new year with a strong sense of positivity and confidence, and with the lifting of these restrictions, 2022 is off to a really good start.”
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