Travel Industry is constantly changing and new travel trends happening every day. To keep you updated, check out this post to know 15 Latest Travel Trends That Every Traveler Should Aware Of.
This year is going to be a game-changer for the tourists coming from all walks of life. Wonder why? Much thanks, to the highly influential wellness industry, strong inclination towards health programs, new-age technologies, and surging demand for ‘fitness-on-the-go’ sort of traveling experience. Moreover, a number of health trends from the West and the popularity of ancient healing methods from the East have also contributed towards a sudden change in the way people travel. Well, it is just travelling to a new place and it already sounds oddly exciting, right? Travel trends shall assure complete well-being and newer ways you have been seeing this nomadic practice.
- Happy Savings
Say goodbye to the sadistic old days when luxury travelling was not everyone cup of tea. It is now brewing on the horizon and will be served for every single traveler who wishes to expend and go for it. Travel booking biggie Skyscanner predicts that 2019 and ahead will be an era for wishful ticket booking. The company revealed that booking for business and premium class witnessed a growth of 62% ad 47% respectively and the numbers are expected to grow even more. Lower ticket prices, addition of new routes between destinations, and low-cost carriers are some of the supporting reasons.
- ‘Nature-Like’ Accommodation
Who doesn’t like staying in a natural surrounding? Who would mind flora around? Probably no one. Everyone from an urban dweller who likes to take up extravagant vacations to a middle-class individual who waits for off-seasons to start, holidaying amidst nature is loved by one and all. Considering the statistics, hotels in different countries are planning to add the hue of Mother Nature’s beautiful aura by bringing in the concept of all-season terraces, indoor plants, and windows facing the scenic views. According to the well-known Booking.com, travelers would love to approach something adventurous like hotels under the sea or amid the mountains.
- Eco-Friendly Practices
Speaking of hotels, another travel trend that is fast emerging is encouraging sustainable practices and methods to curb further damage to the ecosystem. As a traveler, you must know that hotels are planning on implementing strict rules pertinent to cleanliness, hygiene standards, and reduced public nuisance. Are the ‘so-called carefree & fake free-spirited’ travelers listening? Shunning single-use plastics is another protocol under planning initiatives. The force behind this trend is the growth of the sharing and resale economy, meaning re-assessment of property lifespan and construction using 100% recycled furniture and reusable fittings.
- Expert Solutions
With the advent of new technological protocols within the travel arena, there are possibilities of upgrading the accommodations and booking by AI (Artificial Intelligence), new applications, and Robotic check-ins and check-outs. Travel Trends 2019 is also going to be about giving utmost importance to the tailor-made itineraries, facilities, and even customized experiences for interested individuals. AI, automated attendants, and flying staff are going to be at the disposal of the travelers looking to book tickets or know more on flights and timings. Travelers will also have access to personalized content, hyper-relevant information available that are easily downloadable and viewable in their feeds.
- Get Social (Media)
Social media plays a huge role in giving us a sneak peek into the future, trends, places, and destinations. This will change the way travelers booking a vacation, choosing a place of their interest and their overall experience. A big portion of the travel trends 2019 is occupied by the platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and reddit, which list down the pictures of places, the flora, and various interesting spots to visit. Cruises, trains and other mode of transportations will have better internet facilities, so that travelers can visit websites, speak to people forums in order to optimize their travel.
- Cruises & Fun
Cruises are considered as the most dreamy and luxurious travelling experience. Thanks to the media, it is romanticized in the most beautiful ways too. Usually, cruises were considered a mode of travel for rich people around the world, but times are changing. Nowadays, travel companies are offering discount packages, festival packages, and much more. According to the renowned cruise industry CLIA, the cruise sector is expecting some major changes in the year 2019. Their exclusive statistical report states that more than 30 million passengers are expected to go on a cruise in the coming times. There is a chance of launching more than 18 ships and more routes are on the design papers for the best travelling experience.
- (She) Shall Travel
Travel has no religion, or notions associated with color, caste or gender. However, for years, travelling has been more of a family or a male affair. Not anymore. Thanks to the rising economies, per capita income and education standards, women are taking a step ahead in every venture. According to biggies like CLIA, TAXIDIO, and WATG, 2019 shall see a rise in the number of female travelers and solo travelers as well. A special survey 2018 conducted in the US revealed that 73% women felt stronger and happier while travelling. The surprising data says that more than half of global nature and adventure travelers are women. This number will rise in percentage in the year 2019 and ahead.
- Stay Well & Healthy
Latest travel trends are both influenced and driven by wellness. The supportive reason behind this sudden change is the ever-growing wellness industry that is continuously promoting health vacations, Yoga retreats, detox programs, wellness at the airport, and meditation. According to the Global Wellness Institute, wellness tourism is expected to reach a whopping $919 billion by the year 2022. Hotels with gyms, wellness programs, and initiatives like Yoga retreats, Ayurveda Retreats, and detox wellness are expected to see a rise in the number. Many hotels in countries like the UK, and other parts of Europe, are offering wellness programs within their premises for an amplified traveling experience.
- B-Leisure Trips
Speaking of type of vacations, there is another section of trips that is projected to grow in leaps and bounds – B-leisure trips. A traveling experience that offers a traveler the liberty to roam around the destination and simultaneously handle his professional commitments without any hassle! According to Avis Car Rental, 88% of business travelers believe that they will be able to mix travel with leisure in the coming times ahead. Not very surprising as the data states that 92% of respondents do involve work while travelling and more than 40% admit of taking their family along in a business tour. This makes the thin line between work and fun considerably blurry and this is obviously a good sign.
- Short-Breaks & Mini Holidays
You cannot be more thankful to the millennial generation now. The age-old travelling ways of blocking 15-30 days in your calendar to visit a place is not in the vogue anymore. The latest travel trend has something else to say and is definitely seeing popularity as well. Enter Mini Breaks. Planning a big vacation can be stressful on the bank account and your nerves, which is why the concept of mini breaks is on a high these days. The trend is all about choosing a destination of your choice, fixing a long weekend or probably few days of a week and visiting it for a brief satiating experience. This saves time, energy and gives you the much-needed bout of energy.
- Travelling for a Cause/Conscious Travelling
Booking.com reveals that 2019 shall witness a rise in the number of travelers who roaming around the world with their higher consciousness in full gear. This means that travelers will be mindful of the eco-supporting travelling tips, visit places without disrupting the harmony, respecting the citizens, and taking care of the political and social issues at the chosen destination. The company also revealed that 58% of the respondents may choose not to go for a destination if they feel it as a negative influence on the people living there or the flora &fauna in general. This travel trend will also put a lot of focus on improvising economic benefits while amplifying the travelling experience for people.
- The Rise of Mindfulness
By now, it is clear that wellness tourism is gaining popularity so here is another trend that solidifies the fact. A report by FOX states that 2019 is going to be about fitness and Yoga vacations with people booking holidays that offers opportunity for fun and run at the same time. The obvious Yoga retreats, gym in the hotels, spiritual gatherings for self-discovery, and mobile workouts are on the new rise. Expect these options to hold a strong grip in the coming future with hotels and cottages inculcating more of these options for their guests and tourists. Further, cruise ships, are also looking forward to reserving bigger areas for meditation.
- New Experiences
What does a traveler expect out of a new destination? Food, people, and art, is that it? Not much to satiate a new-age traveler. Latest Travel trends will be about travelers going places for new adventures that are not limited to few of these options. Instead, the experience shall extend to travelling with safety, visiting festivals, celebration travel meaning attending food festivals, cultural fests and much more. The impact of social media on the travel is another pivotal pillar in determining the strength of this rising trend. People want to experience the dazzle they see online. There is a greater emphasis on making this experience a safe and a good one irrespective of the gender, sexual orientation or the marital status of the person.
- Hottest Destination
Travel trends always reveal that one place that shall see a rise in the number of tourists visiting and more people dropping in to witness the beauty. This year it is going to be Turkey. Companies like Skyscanner, FOX PR, and ABTA reveals that they witnessed a hike of more than 60% in the number of travelers in the UK booking flights to this destination. Even though Japan remains as the chosen one in the APAC region and New York as a favorite for many Europeans, Turkey is still gaining popularity at a steep rate. These companies have predicted Turkey as an upcoming destination for shopping, art, food and experience a new life altogether.
- Cybersecurity & GDPR
Security at all levels is important in order to assure a complete wholesome experience. 2018 was a year of numerous cyber fails and incidents owing to lack of stronger online safety norms and security fundamentals. Latest travel trend is laying a lot of emphasis on maintaining a stronger security norm in order to ensure better risk management and augmented safety standards. The company executives shall not be spared if they are found violating any norms or not taking GDPR seriously in any shape or form. There will be a strong inclination towards including NIS Directive, the EU Cybersecurity Act and the US Cloud Act as well.
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Ashish is blogging at Retreat Kula, a website that offers the best platform to book yoga retreats and yoga teacher training courses for yogis around the world. He is always on the lookout for interesting places to visit. It took him 25 years of his life to realize where his true calling lies, but once that was done, there’s been no looking back. Since the last ten years that he is on the go, He is sharing his travel experiences by writing about them.