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What’s On Your Post-Pandemic Wish List?

Chances are taking a vacation ranks high on your list 

By Gigi Galbraith, Director, Client Development, Capitol Concierge

The past year has been tough with stay-at-home orders, social distancing, and remote working. However, as more and more people are vaccinated, there is a renewed interest in safely and responsibly getting away. In fact, according to a survey conducted by Morning Consult and commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), consumers are optimistic about traveling again in 2021, with 56% of respondents saying that they are likely to travel for vacation this year. This aligns with the 2021 Vrbo Trend Report, which found that 82% of families already have travel plans for 2021.

You don’t have to go far away from home to be swept away. According to Forbes Magazine, domestic tourism will be a hot trend due to the limitations still in effect for international travel. That means that visiting U.S. cities, camping and exploring the great outdoors, taking tours of wineries, and relaxing on the beach will be popular options. For ideas, check out Travel + Leisure’s list of the top 15 cities in the U.S.  

If you want to stay closer to home, the Greater Washington D.C. area offers literally thousands of staycation choices suitable for all ages. Whether you want to visit museums, tour monuments, or simply hike a C&O Canal trail, there any many options that won’t put a dent in your wallet. The Smithsonian recently announced the reopening of several of its museums and the National Zoo. The best part? Most of the museums’ attractions are free to enjoy. If you want to tap into the wine connoisseur in you, enjoy the more than 360 wineries that grace Maryland and Virginia’s rolling and beautiful hills and mountains. For history buffs, the area offers myriad of historical sites that can transport you to another place in time. 

While workcations were in vogue prior to the pandemic, they are becoming more and more popular due to the remote working environment brought on by the health crisis. It is important to note that we aren’t suggesting that a workcation should replace a vacation, but rather, a way to get out of your basement office for a change of scenery. If you are disciplined enough, why not work away the day at a hotel and then enjoy your evening exploring a fun new place? After the tough year we’ve had we deserve a little extra fun.

Remember, it is important to travel safely and responsibly. The pandemic still isn’t behind us so before you get away, make sure you know the safety guidelines by checking them out on your destination’s website. At Capitol Concierge, we can help you, your residents, clients, and employees find that perfect vacation, staycation, or workcation experience. Visit our website for details on our services that help make your life more convenient, productive, and fun!