The frustrating and liberating ways travel is returning in 2021
Travel in 2021 is going to be a stop-and-go journey, as governments and businesses try to figure out an equitable plan to get things back to normal. Here’s the TLDR to our guide on travel in 2021.
Travel will slowly start to return in 2021 - but it won't be any fun. As the first vaccines began to be approved and administered late last year, officials, businesses, and travelers began hoping that the great travel freeze of 2020 might begin coming to an end. But all too quickly, the discovery of new, more infectious strains of Covid-19, and soaring caseloads and death rates in several parts of the world, have dampened that optimism. What we do know is that 2021 is going to be a bumpy ride, as governments and businesses try to figure out an equitable Covid-19 testing and vaccine "passport" regime that can help ease the mess that's resulting from different national entry rules, and the uneven distribution of vaccines. "We need to be optimistic about the future of travel. We will travel again," said Bart Buiring, head of sales and marketing in the Asia-Pacific region for Marriott International. "[But] we need to be a little bit more patient for a few more months to come."