1. People Will *Actually* Start Traveling Again
Multiple studies show that travel is steadily picking up and will continue to over the next few months; and with the rollout of two now-approved vaccines, these numbers are only likely to climb. “While travel during the pandemic has focused on close-to-home destinations, for trips planned in the summer and beyond [of 2021], people are thinking big and far away to satisfy their pent-up wanderlust,” Christina Tunnah, General Manager of the Americas for travel insurance provider World Nomads, tells us. So, when will travel truly get more normal-ish? Likely starting in early summer 2021, when global luxury travel network Virtuoso is already seeing a significant surge in bookings. In fact, overall hotel bookings for the month of June 2021 are up 146 percent over May 2021 alone, and they also tell us they’re seeing bookings increase in September and October of 2021, meaning people are optimistic about the vaccine and getting back to a more normal way of life. The best part? There will be serious travel deals along the way. “We’re already seeing major fare sales on airlines like Southwest and JetBlue. Expect discounts on flights, hotels, travel packages and more as companies try to entice travelers to get back out there,” says Sara Rathner, credit cards and travel expert at NerdWallet.