Travellers want more bang for their buck in 2018. They also want to spend their free time doing something active, outdoors, wicked and wonderful. Unique and funky are major keywords instantly associated with travel this year. So if you own a medieval castle, a cob house on the ocean or a higgledy-piggeldly treehouse clinging precariously to the forest canopy, holiday rental could be a cool source of passive income.
Technology has forced immediate gratification into our collective consciousness. As a result dual or even tri-destination travel is super hot this year. And if food trends are anything to go by; health and wellness is really big and a major driver of the top trends in domestic and international travel in 2018.
Here are 4 travel trends that’ll shape the industry from January through December:
Active adventures take top billing this year. Unlike the past when extreme was uber exciting, the emphasis this year is on health and wellness. Shark cage diving, guided summits of Mount Everest and abseiling down sheer cliffs is making way for yoga retreats in India and Nepal, sweat lodges and meditation in Canada and America, hiking the Otter and Whale Trail along the Cape Coast in South Africa and cycling across France.
Wildlife safaris in Botswana and Kenya are still on the to-do list. In addition to game drives, fine dining and luxury accommodations, travellers are now demanding kayaking adventures, photographic walking tours and game viewing on horseback deep in the remote areas of Africa.
Homestays with a difference top the travel list. Folk want to live in unique and exciting abodes… even for a short while. Houseboats on Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe – where crocodiles and hippos are your neighbours – barges on the Seine in France and treehouses built into the lush Afromontane forests around Knysna on South Africa’s verdant Garden Route are popular holiday hideaways. So too are traditional teepees and thatched beach bungalows in Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan and the Maldives. The more rustic and basic the holiday dwelling, the better.
Others prefer a more lavish home away from home, albeit still out of the ordinary. These folk choose to stay in beautiful old stately homes, chateaus and castles in the UK and Europe… and are prepared to pay top dollar for the experience!
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Wine lovers are opting for two to three-week tours of some of the world’s winemaking hotspots. In addition to taking in the sights of beautiful countries like Chile, South Africa, Australia and France, the emphasis is sampling the tipple at wine estates across the respective countries.
Most will opt to stay overnight on productive wine farms located away from the hustle and bustle of the cities or major metropolitan areas. And with excellent food paired with great wines, there’s no reason at all why the wine regions of the world shouldn’t become wicked destination # 1 in our 2018 travel trends!
Modern travellers want diversity. Visiting just one travel destination is so passé. In 2018, people want to sail along the Turkish coast in a wooden gallet and then move on to London, Amsterdam, Berlin or Paris for the high life. They want to explore Marrakesh and then hop across to Spain for a memorable third world-first world sojourn.
Today’s tourists want to do the big city thing in Hong Kong or Tokyo and then explore the remote areas of Tibet or Nepal on foot…all in a matter of a few weeks! Whatever you choose to do with your holiday in 2018, make sure it’s wicked!
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