Top travel trends for this fall and winter

COVID-19 has changed a lot of things and travel is no exception. Going on vacation today looks a lot different than it did a year ago. However, after a few slow months, travel is finally restarting and an increasing number of Canadians are booking vacations and heading on their well-deserved tropical getaways. Although the world may look a bit different these days, Canadians are now back to travelling and they are doing it safely and responsibly.

As travel resumes, we’re seeing some exciting new travel trends emerging. From focusing on wellness and nature retreats, to supporting Canadian brands and working from the beach, the travel landscape for 2020 and 2021 has a lot to offer. To help you start planning your next getaway, we compiled six of the top travel trends for the coming fall and winter season.

Woman booking a vacation on her laptop
One-stop-shop travel

After a stressful year, the last thing anyone wants to do is worry about coordinating flights, taxis, hotel stays, excursions and dinner reservations. Vacations are supposed to be relaxing – and planning them should be too! A stress-free vacation experience is more important than ever this year, making an all inclusive Sunwing vacation a popular choice. We take care of your flight, transfers and resort stay – so you have nothing to worry about and our representatives will be available to help you every step of the way both before and during your vacation. Many of our customers are now back in the tropics enjoying a stress-free and safe vacation where their biggest worry is choosing the perfect spot for their beach towel.

Man and woman walking along a boardwalk towards the beach Photo: @a.spargo
Revisiting old favourites

Have a resort that you know and love? Why not go back? At least that’s what many Canadians doing! In a year of uncertainty, one of the emerging travel trends we’re seeing for 2020 and 2021 is returning to old favourites. Travellers are choosing to head back to resorts they’ve been to before and know they’ll enjoy, where they’re familiar with the staff, layout and facilities. Stress-free travel is top of mind nowadays and booking a resort you’ve been before is a great way to feel comfortable! Looking for inspiration? Some of our most popular resorts that sun-seekers love to return to again and again are Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa and Royalton Punta Cana Resort and Casino.

Plus, you can enjoy flexible booking options to give you peace of mind, including monthly payment options, the ability to change or cancel your plans with ease and COVID-19 Coverage included at no additional cost on select packages.

Aerial view of woman floating in the pool Photo: @iamsiennachristine
Focusing on wellness

The cold and snow are just around the corner, and that means the winter blues are starting to set in for many Canadians, especially when coupled with the mounting stress and anxiety that 2020 brought. One of the best ways to lift your mood is with a dose of sun and sand! Research shows that even just booking a vacation can have a positive effect on your wellbeing since you have something exciting to look forward to. Then, on your vacation, focus on finding your Zen with walks on the beach, yoga classes and spa treatments – for a truly rejuvenating experience. The effects of an amazing getaway will last long after you return home, with a phenomenon known as the “holiday halo effect”.

Man standing on the beach holding a Canadian flag Photo: @ta_taylor_
Supporting Canadian brands

Some people may feel hesitant about travelling due to uncertainty about what health and safety protocols are followed across various destinations. The best ways to calm any nerves is to book your vacation with a Canadian brand (like Sunwing!) where you know that the highest Canadian health and safety standards will be applied throughout your entire vacation experience. The Safe with Sunwing program ensures your health and safety is top of mind, from the moment you check-in at the airport to your flights, transfers and journey home. Sunwing owns the airline you fly on, the transfer buses that take you from the airport to your hotel and over 30 Sunwing-operated resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, so you can focus on enjoying your getaway while we keep you and your family safe. Plus, you’ll be supporting a Canadian owned-and-operated brand!

Woman standing beside a cenote with a rope swing Photo: @dounia_theworld
Getting back to nature

Colder temperatures and dreary skies are right around the corner in Canada, so why not head to the tropics where you can enjoy the great outdoors year-round? After being stuck at home for months on end, travellers are now back in the tropics and more excited than ever to take in the fresh air and explore Mother Nature’s beauty. One of the best ways to explore your destination’s natural landscapes is on a Sunwing Experiences excursion. Whether you want to swim in a cenote in Riviera Maya, snorkel through crystal-clear waters in Punta Cana or climb cascading waterfalls in Montego Bay, there are excursions for every vacationer to try.

Man sitting by the pool working on his laptop
Going on a Workcation

All work and no play? It doesn’t have to be that way. With so many people working and studying remotely well into 2021, Workcations are a great way change up your scenery. Pack up your laptop and head to one of three Royalton Luxury Resorts equipped with all the essentials you need to work or study from the beach. Head down to the pool on your lunch break and de-stress after-hours with a sunset yoga class by the beach and forget about the stress of chores, meal-planning and dishes. The best part? All your study snacks, coffee runs and after-work cocktails are included.

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