In the on-going series of ‘Emerging Trends of 2021’, take a look at how your travel habits may get assisted with technology and nature will yet come to your rescue:

VIRTUAL REALITY IS BENEFICIAL
The next time you make an enquiry (offline and online) for a trip or a vacation, chances are that Virtual Reality (VR) or Extended Reality (XR) option shall be extended to you to shortlist your choice of destinations.

Indeed, VR or XR is transforming and also assisting the travel and tourism industry in India and globally in a promising manner. Consumers love it, agencies are pushing for it and tourism boards are going full-throttle for providing the most timely and current travel experience. So, what is VR? VR uses technology to re-create life-like experiences. Your imagination aids it to enhance the visual better. VR Goggles or helmet with a slick visor are often the gadgets that are used to help consumers to wear it and then play the video film with a very real-looking imagery of the destination or the hotel room or the adventure sport.

Words are impactful, visuals are even more impressive and imagine a virtual moving experience right in front of you, from the comfort of your sofa, transporting your mind thousands of miles away. So, who uses VR effectively in today’s day? Hotels, tourism boards, adventure companies, flight ticket sellers and travel agencies.

The ‘try before you buy’ maxim is helpful for both the seller and the consumer. VR experiences enable better decision-making options. Once you know what to expect, the vendor sounds more truthful. Your purchase will be highly informed and naturally, the travel experience will become heightened with excitement.

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SHORT TRIPS THAT ARE COMMUNITY-DRIVEN

This is the ideal time to seek nature-centric getaways that offer fresh air and free movement. Rural set-ups near a waterfall, national park, hilly terrain, lake and forest reserve are an excellent choice when you feel like taking a short trip from the city of your stay currently. One thing, the covid-19 phase has taught travellers is to stay healthy and choose ecologically stable options. Nature trips are a natural extension to the prevailing mindset because children too can be a part of such family outings along with adults.

Amidst wilderness, go ahead and make your travel bookings to a place close by. Support a local community that may be bringing food and local tour guide arrangements there. Once you follow safety guidelines, nature will take care of the rest. This trend, in fact, is growing in popularity and national parks, lake-side retreats, hilly precincts and forest reserves are topping the popularity charts immensely with Indian travellers.

TRAVEL SAFE: The safety of travellers when they cross borders is the highest priority for governments of all countries. An Air Bubble ensures a safe passage!Agencies

TRAVEL SAFE: The safety of travellers when they cross borders is the highest priority for governments of all countries. An Air Bubble ensures a safe passage!

WHAT IS ‘AIR TRANSPORT BUBBLE’?

According to Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, an Air Transport Bubble is also called ‘Air Travel Arrangements‘. These are temporary arrangements between two countries aimed at restarting commercial passenger services when regular international flights are suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are reciprocal in nature, meaning airlines from both countries enjoy similar benefits. As on 18 Nov, 2020, the following countries extend Air Transport Bubble Arrangement with India:

Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Maldives, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar Rwanda, Tanzania, Ukraine, UAE, UK, USA (it is best to check with your airline before you make your travel bookings).

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