Often called the wander luss generation, more and more young people are jet-setting than ever before. We move for so many reason – the stories, the lessons, the lifelong memories, or to see if the Indian Ocean is really that blue. And the travel industry, like the explorers themselves, doesn’t sit still. With the rise of pocket-friendly platforms like budget airlines and apartment sharing, globetrotting is that much easier. So as the industry continues to evolve, so do the types of trips we take.
To find out more about what travel trends are on the rise, we linked up with Jessica Bisesto, a senior editor at travel deals finder TravelPirates, to share her predictions 2018. Here are 6 travel trends expected to soar in the new year.
1. SOLO TRAVEL
The past few years have seen a surge in solo tracking and Bisesto expects 2018 to be no exception. Traveling solo is on the rise, especially for women. Going on an adventure by yourself can give you incredible opportunities that wouldn’t be possible if you were traveling with a companion. You’ll learn to embrace new cultures more personally, make friends outside of your comfort zone and discover how independent and self-sufficient you really are.
2. MULTIGENERATIONAL TRAVEL
While some are yearning to explore solo, others are planning more all-encompassing family trips. We’re not just talking about the nuclear family, but international getaways that invite entire gang, from cousins to grandparents. We’re seeing more people traveling with members of difference generations and searching for destinations that offer something for everyone. Depending on where you want to go, you can find hotels, cruises and tour companies that cater to groups of all ages with family-friendly activities like cooking classes and walking tours. Whether you’re celebrating a big family reunion and with a trip or taking younger members of your family abroad for the first time. there’s something for everyone.
3. DOUBLE DESTINATIONS
Americans as a whole don’t take nearly as much vacation time as other societies. As a result, travelers are getting creative rather than settling in at one destination, and many US travelers now tried to fit as much into one trip as they can. Even if people still might not have a lot of time off, we’re seeing Americans get more creative with their itineraries, booking trips that allow them to experience two destinations in one go. Imagine exploring the spice markets of Marrakesh before heading to metropolis Madrid or tapash, or relaxing in Santorini before conquering the ancient ruins of Athens – All on one vacation! Google Trends has reported a 32% increase in users searching for multiple cities or countries on one ticket in the last few years, which indicates that this trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Want to explore the wonders of Mother Nature but not too keen on the idea of sleeping on the ground? You’re not alone. Glamping – for example combining the outdoors with more modern conveniences – has exploded in recent years. Venturring off into the wilderness but sleeping in a yurt or cabin in lieu of a tent has become hugely popular and Bisesto expects the trend to grow even more. She says since glampers experience “a luxurious feeling of exclusivity that you can’t find with other accomodations,” more and more people will opt for glamping options rather than traditional hotels next year.
5. HERITAGE TRAVEL
With companies like 23 and Me making it easier than ever for people to do DNA tests at home, more people are interested in identifying their roots and exploring the places they came from. Bisesto recommends planning heritage travel around cultural festivals, as many will grant access to national monuments and archaeological sites.
6. NATIONAL PARKS
With the increasing popularity in adventure and nature-related travel, tourism in America’s jaw-dropping national parks is also climbing. From deep canyons to pristine mountain views, there are so many reasons even the biggest world travelers are keeping it local in US parks. Camping and hiking are popular activities for travelers from all walks of life and entrance fees are affordable for families of all sizes.