Ready, Set, Travel: New Spring Travel Trends Show Promising Vacation Rental Return

by Carolee Chanona
Green Tower House - Placencia, Belize

With the second spring of the pandemic—and the typically beach-bound Spring Break season—now underway, the budding question is: are people actually planning to travel? Vacasa, the leading vacation rental management platform in North America with almost 200 properties in Belize, has released its Spring Break-Down of the Season’s Top Travel Trends to help answer just that. And, learn if, where and why people plan to ring in spring with a vacation.

73% of People Plan To Travel For The First Time This Year

Caribe Island Resort – San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Image courtesy of Vacasa

An independent survey*, fielded by Allison+Partners, found most people are hopeful for the year ahead and ready for a new view: 59% plan to take a trip at some point during spring 2021 and, of those planning to travel, 73% will be dusting off their suitcase for the first time in more than a year. Though optimism is clearly abloom, safety is still a top springtime concern as close-to-home trips, destinations primed for social distancing and pod travel all ranked high among respondents.

Here are a few key findings of the survey:
  • Most travelers are planning their spring vacation(s) at a beach (57%) and/or lake (25%), like Ambergris Caye or Placencia, while 29% have their sights set on a mountain setting, like that of Cayo.
  • People are sticking to their pods: 53% said they plan to travel with their spouse and/or kids, while just 10% plan to vacation with friends.
  • The top reasons for people deciding to travel for the first time are being cooped up at home for too long (42%) and needing a change in scenery and/or company (39%). Thirty-nine percent of respondents also say they’re doing so because they feel safe traveling and 33% because there are COVID-19 vaccines available.
  • Cabin and partner, fever may be real. More than any other living situation, those who have been living with their significant other during the pandemic say they are traveling for the first time because they’ve either been cooped up at home for too long or they need a change in scenery and/or company (48%).
  • Regardless of when they travel, 3 in 5 people said they have already or plan to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before going.

Consumer Confidence On The Rise

Blue Water Beach Villas *Gold Standard Certified – San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize

“The recent survey results align with the trends we’re seeing in our own data, and are clear indicators that consumer confidence in travel is on the rise,” said Natalia Sutin, VP of Revenue Management at Vacasa. “Our volume of new bookings hit record highs in the past several months for stays well into spring and summer, showing that people are eager to travel. But, still prefer the spaciousness, privacy, and cleanliness of professionally-managed vacation homes.”

Penthouse with a View – Belize City Image courtesy of Vacasa

Vacasa’s full spring survey results are available here and, as always, when traveling to a new destination, remember to follow safety guidelines and research local closures and COVID-19 regulations in advance. Find a Vacasa property in Belize, while reading up on Belize’s updated entry requirements here.

Cover picture: Green Tower House – Placencia, Belize – Image courtesy of Vacasa
Source: Vacasa Press

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