Florida Keys Top 2021 Travel Destinations Lea Lane HomeToGo, the world’s largest vacation rental search engine, has released its forecast for changing travel trends and emerging destinations in 2021. Based on a survey of the general U.S. traveler population, along with insights from internal research and reservation data, forecasts show how COVID-19 will shape the future of travel, with the emergence of quiet getaways, family trips, last minute trips and a focus on safety. “Many of the search and booking trends we’re noticing for 2021 are driven by the ongoing pandemic. Because COVID-19 has clearly transformed the way we live and work, we are seeing more and more travelers looking for responsible ways to satisfy their desire to explore, an increase in last minute bookings and a focus on rural and quieter destinations, ”said Caroline Burns, travel expert and public relations manager for the US and UK at HomeToGo. “Additionally, [we’ve] noticed an increase in searches for destinations worthy of an ambitious bucket list, be it Aruba’s beaches or the food paradise of Naples, Italy – showing that while access can be Limited right now, the world’s most beautiful and sought after destinations continue to captivate consumers. Upcoming travel trends for 2021 include: Calm winter getaways: 43% of travelers plan winter trips for the start of the 21st, with almost half (44%) to beach destinations and 24% to resorts ski areas further away. The top destinations for winter 2021 are the Florida Keys, FL; Smoky Mountains, TN and NC; Naples, Florida; Lake Tahoe, California and Maui, HI. In contrast, destinations known for their vibrant nightlife, such as Manhattan, New York and New Orleans, LA, have been slower to recover in terms of interest in travel. Choice lists for international escapes: Although travel restrictions forced 53% of U.S. travelers surveyed to cancel or change their travel plans last year, many have added international destinations to their future travel lists. The destinations that have seen the largest annual increase in interest in searches are Aruba (+ 2298%), Santorini, Greece (+ 945%), Saint John, the US Virgin Islands (+ 665%), Bali, Indonesia (+ 294%) and Naples, Italy (+ 207%) Rise in rural areas: In 2020, research data already showed that almost 90% of global searches were for travel to rural areas. Cottage rentals are expected to be particularly popular, accounting for 33% of total accommodation searches in 2020, a drastic increase of + 143% from 2019. Solo Travel is taking a break: Solo travel is down in the world. coming year. In 2020, the share of single accommodation bookings on HomeToGo fell 44% from 2019, with most seeking to travel with an average of six companions. No more last-minute trips: When it comes to flexibility, more travelers book spontaneous last-minute trips. The average number of days between booking and check-in is now 50 days, down -37.5% from the average time before the pandemic. An eye on cleanliness: With a closer look at cleanliness due to COVID-19, research data indicates that 45% of travelers included improved cleaning in their top three decision factors. This will likely lead to an increase in health and safety measures on the part of vacation rental managers and owners. .