Our friends at OUTSIDE online has published a great article that everyone should read titled “Everything You Need to Know About Travel in 2021” - a list of the people, places, and trends that matter now, from the rise of outdoor reservation systems and new mountain-biking meccas to where to thaw out this winter. It’s also an in-depth look at how travel and vacations have changed during the pandemic (and how much of it will be permanent).
Read it now: https://www.outsideonline.com/2420541/everything-you-need-know-about-travel-2021
Reservations Only: Before the pandemic, the thought of calling ahead to visit a national park or an outdoor mecca seemed preposterous. But reservation systems formerly in place at popular sites like Yosemite and Rocky Mountain have shown that a little planning isn’t all that painful, especially when it means fewer people on the trails. One of Colorado’s most frequented spots—the Maroon Bells, near Aspen—required advance bookings last summer to reduce the impact of its 300,000 average annual visitors.
Voluntourism 2.0: Hawaii’s two-week travel quarantine, put in place last March, all but halted tourism for six months. To shift gears toward more responsible travel when the state reopened in mid-October, the tourism department launched Malama Hawaii. (Malama means “to care for.”) The initiative encourages volunteerism like native-tree planting and beach cleanup by offering free nights at partner hotels. The hope is that giving back imparts a fresh perspective for travelers on the islands’ rich culture.
Road Trips by Electric Car Are Easier than Ever: As of March 2020, there were approximately 25,000 public vehicle-charging stations in the U.S., and that number will soon spike. Last year, Florida’s governor announced $8.6 million in funding to build EV stations along state highways, and starting this year, General Motors and EVgo, the nation’s largest public fast-charging network, are set to add 700 fast chargers in states including California, Texas, Florida, and Illinois. By the end of the year, Volkswagen’s Electrify America initiative plans to install 800 outposts, in addition to its just-completed EV-charging route from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles.
International Travel Has New Rules: According to epidemiologists, traveling abroad won’t be risk-free until there’s widespread distribution of a vaccine. And with vaccinations underway, experts are hopeful that many Americans will be vaccinated by summer. Still, some folks are traveling anyway, so companies are looking for ways to make it safer. In an attempt to create a universal indicator of good health, an app called CommonPass will allow travelers to share their COVID-19 status across borders. Users take a test at a certified lab or site, download it to their mobile device, then complete the destination country’s health declarations.