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5 Short-Term and Vacation Rental Trends to Expect in 2021

[Updated: Jul 07, 2021 ] Feb 16, 2021 by Aly J. Yale

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It seems that longer-term stays weren't just a flash in the pan. Not only have stays of eight-plus days not returned to pre-pandemic levels; they've been steadily rising since the summer. Longer-term stays now account for twice as many trips as they did in 2019. Heading into 2021, hosts relying solely on short, pricy weekend stays will likely need to readjust.
In 2021, travel will be less about where you go and when you go, and more about who you are with and what you can do together…. Once people feel safe to travel, they will. But it will look different than before the pandemic. Travel will be viewed as an antidote to isolation and disconnection. People don't generally miss landmarks, crowded shuttles, and lines and lobbies packed with tourists. Mass travel is really just a different form of isolation -- you are anonymous, herded around with other travelers, never really experiencing the people and culture of a community. What people want from travel now is what they've been deprived of -- spending meaningful time with their family and friends.

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