What we can look forward to in the New Year
The year 2020 was especially challenging in so many areas. We all should pat our backs that we have pulled through and survived the global pandemic.
As borders to other countries remain closed and COVID-19 virus is here to stay, there are still things we can look forward to in 2021.
Travel and tourism industry has been one of the industries hardest hit by the coronavirus. More and more nations stated their national coronavirus vaccination rollout programs and many are prioritising older people. Given this trajectory with the hope that the virus will be under greater control, the older generation may start the new travel trend this year.
As people start to travel again, the demand grows for responsible, safe and socially distanced experiences. The lockdowns gave many people a chance to contemplate, slow down and appreciate life’s small details. Travel may never return to how it was in the previous years however the past year has reminded us how precious time is.
Slow travel idea is not new and it aims to give travellers a rich understanding of life in their destination. The idea is to take fewer but longer holidays, engage and learn from other cultures and make a positive contribution to the local communities you visit and make the trip personally impactful.
Travellers whose 2020 plans were impeded are intent on catching up on missed opportunities. Once more people are vaccinated which will result in a low risk of infection, many will get comfortable with travelling again.
Although the pandemic halted our travel plans last year, it has only intensified our desire to travel in order to relax and escape. Majority of the people will likely return to international travel especially those separated couples due to the pandemic.
The pandemic has highlighted the need to be flexible with your work. Modern technology has made the shift to remote work possible. According to a survey from U.S.-based Enterprise Technology Research (ETR) working from home is expected to double in 2021.
More and more countries are offering digital nomad visas for remote workers and luring remote working professionals to live and work abroad with digital nomad visas.
Check out our blog posts on countries offering Digital Nomad visas to see which country is ideal for you:
Despite our fervent hopes for an easy and great year ahead, there is no doubt that 2021 will bring twists and turns. By being optimistic and putting more effort, each of us can alter the way we personally and professionally navigate the year ahead.
What are the things you look forward to this year? Tell us more by commenting below.
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