With the lifting of Covid-19 testing requirements and the end of mask mandates, travel is back in full force. While memories of the pandemic are something most of us would rather forget, there are some relevant travel trends created by Covid-19. Discover 10 Pandemic Pillars That Must Be Captured.
Get out of town quickly
Troubeck in nature near NYC – Photo by Alison Tibaldi
Sticking to home was the cause of the epidemic of vacation choices. High gas prices and airline hassles put an emphasis on easy-to-reach vacation spots.
Surrounded by farms and rolling hills, Trowbeck is a boutique resort located 90 miles from New York City. Relax in the hammock under the shady sycamore trees and watch the butterflies gently flutter by as your soundtrack. It’s no surprise that Emerson and Thoreau are frequent guests of the original owners.
Seasons express themselves fully in this corner of the northeast, which increases the ability to escape all year round. Fantastic restaurant, swimming pool and sauna are a bonus.
National parks are balm
Solitude at Congaree National Park – Photo courtesy of Discover South Carolina.
When the virus spread, nature was the salvation. National parks have seen an increase in visitation and numbers continue to be strong. If you crave solitude, consider a winter visit or choose a lesser-known park, such as Congaree National Park in South Carolina, an old-growth hardwood forest lined with elevated trails. Hike, kayak or fish in this eternally-wild place of beauty and tranquility.
Hotels with outdoor options
Yoga at Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana – Photo courtesy of Alison Tibaldi.
The epidemic was a substitute for outdoor activities, from hiking to pickleball. Our collective passion for movement in the great outdoors never seems to diminish.
Flathead Lake Lodge is a family-owned dude ranch on the shores of its namesake lake. A variety of daily activities, from horseback riding on scenic pine trails to sailing on crystal-clear waters to mountain yoga, immerse guests in the Montana wilderness as they try pastimes old and new. It’s back to nature with nothing to do, delicious food, fine wines and high-end cabinetry included.
Retro motor lodges
The rooms have a lot more in Bluebird Sunapee – taken by Bluebird by Lark
At a time when travel stress was at its peak, the limited interaction of a private vehicle was considered safer, leading to an increase in road trips. Nostalgic roadside motels continue to attract attention and guests.
Bluebird by Lark is a collection of recently opened roadside lodges designed to facilitate the Great American Road Trip. When prices were out of reach, penny-pinchers took existing assets and raised them. At Bluebird Sunapee in Newbury, New Hampshire, design-conscious rooms feature beds with custom upholstered headboards and Pendleton quilts. A unique record collection, game room and indoor saltwater pool enhance the common areas.
Residential areas such as vacation time
Pedal in the Cherry Creek North area – Photo courtesy of Cherry Creek North
Once the action-packed city’s hotels were a magnet for tourists. But an increasing number of people have turned their attention to neighborhoods that were empty on weekdays from home.
Staying in a hotel in the residential part of the city gives a real sense of local life. Just outside of downtown Denver, Cherry Creek North is a mixed-use, walkable, bike-friendly neighborhood with the city’s largest selection of independently-owned shops, art galleries and gourmet dining. For an intimate window into the Rocky Mountain lifestyle, book a room at the Clayton Hotel with Denver-inspired decor and an on-site members’ club.
Eye candy outdoor art
Sculpture gardens are a great way to experience art – Photo provided by Explore Minnesota
While museums close their doors, hundreds of outdoor sculpture parks continue to offer an alfresco art experience for social distancing.
At Walker Art Center’s Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, art is set free. The practical limitations of the four walls of the cultural museum. Claes Oldenburg “Spoonbridge and Cherry” serves as the creative center of the garden. This giant spoon with cherries exudes subtle scale and sensuality. Admission is free.
The roof of the Brach Hotel has a view of the Eiffel Tower – photo courtesy of Evok Hotels
The epidemic drove us to seek as much fresh air as possible. Rooftop lounges are popping up in hotels around the world. At the upscale Brach Hotel in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, the rooftop has a Scandinavian-style hot tub and stunning views of the Eiffel Tower. Aromatic herbs grow in the garden, add freshly chopped basil and mint to cocktails and nibbles. The trio of happy chickens emphasize the sense of country-humor.
Picnics are in sight.
Picnic on the lawn at Chandler’s Cliff Walk – photo courtesy of Alison Tibaldi
During the pandemic, restaurants moved to outdoor dining. What started out as a necessity has spawned a cottage industry of companies offering luxury cruises. Planning the perfect vacation is not easy; Choosing foods that complement each other and stay fresh, as well as creating strong and beautiful flower centerpieces, is practically an art.
Hotels across the country are getting in on the action. At The Chandler in Newport, Rhode Island, guests can order a picnic on the lawn with ocean views. You dine on artisanal sandwiches and delicious desserts, piled high on plush pillows.
Long-term vacation rentals are ideal for digital nomads.
Palm Springs is famous for digital nomads – photo courtesy of Airbnb.
A surge in workers with flexible employment arrangements has driven demand for long-term vacation rentals. High-speed Internet allows remote or hybrid workers to get work done from anywhere. Listings on sites like Airbnb offer privacy, space and the comforts of home.
In California, Desert Oasis Palm Springs is one of Airbnb’s top extended stays. It’s on the map with stargazers, fans of mid-century modern architecture, and fans of the LGBTQ+ community. Many amazing rental properties attract digital nomads like bees to honey.
Improved airline seats
La Compagnie offers private space and superior service – Photo courtesy of La Compagnie.
During the outbreak, those flying were more likely to hunker down on seats in premium cabins to facilitate social distancing in the air. Perks like comfortable amenities and enhanced meals are welcome additions to room seats.
Airline passengers continue to pay for upgrades. French carrier La Compagnie, which flies from the US to Paris, Nice and Milan, has just 76 fully-flat seats on each plane, offering passengers private space in addition to Wi-Fi, champagne, satellite channels and gourmet meals. . Ticket prices are 50% lower than the commercial prices of major carriers for an affordable luxury travel experience.