Gay Nagle Myers
Gay Nagle Myers

Consumer-travel surveys have a lot to tell us about the way travelers could approach their next trips to the Caribbean -- and beyond.

Pent-up wanderlust, streaming inspiration and technology are driving future travel trends, according to Amadeus' 2022 Travel Trends report that sheds some light on a new era of globetrotting.

"The trip of a lifetime is no longer wishful thinking. After dreaming of freedom for the past two years, people are finally beginning to release their pent-up passion for travel, with substantial increases in searches for trips to once-in-a-lifetime destinations," according to a statement from Amadeus.

Several developments were identified that will shape the future of the travel market, according to Amadeus: savoring the now (travelers will embrace the trip of a lifetime); friendcations (2022 will be the year of the grand reunion); and active ecotourism (there is a growing demand for trips supporting diverse global communities).

"Few would deny that Covid-19 has transformed the way we live, and widespread lockdowns and restrictions have hidden its impact on travel," said Dan Batchelor, vice president, global corporate communications and social responsibility.

"By taking the long-term view, coupled with real-time travel data, Amadeus has been able to isolate some trends which will shape the next five years and beyond," he said.

Resorts and all-inclusives are popular

Findings directly related to the Caribbean were reported by Pinterest Predicts, the social media company's annual report of the trends that will shape the year ahead.

Pinterest followers "are all in for all-inclusive travel. In 2022 people want to get away to beautiful escapes where they won't have to lift a finger," it said. "Millennials, Gen X and Boomers are turning to resorts and all-inclusive packages for easy getaways."

All-inclusive wedding packages topped the list of Pinterest searches, according to the report.

Airbnb's survey of 7,500 consumers across five countries found that remote work appealed to a third of the respondents. Longer-stay travel is Airbnb's fastest-growing category, and family trips are its fastest-growing trip type.

The rise of travel insurance

Squaremouth's analysis of recent travel booking behavior showed that Covid concerns remain top of mind. "Interest and awareness surrounding travel insurance is at all-time high as we approach the busy holiday season," said Megan Moncrief, chief marketing officer. "Travelers are preparing differently this year by opting for travel insurance to protect themselves in case travel plans are affected by unpredictable events from cancellations to illnesses."

Caribbean destinations are outpacing European countries, and eight out of Squaremouth's top 10 international destinations currently are Caribbean countries, with the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos and the U.S. Virgin Islands joining the list for the first time.

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