It’s never too early to think about your next year’s travel plans. And it’s certainly not a wrong idea to dig in into some Google research about upcoming trends that you need to watch for. We just recently talked about the latest developments in the aviation industry and the emerging trend of ultra long-haul flights from various multinational airlines around the globe. Besides that, you should definitely watch out for these coming travel trends in 2019:
There is no doubt that environmental awareness has impacted almost every aspect of our life. “Green Travel” means that a significant rising number of travellers seek to go from A to B in a more sustainable manner: Whether it might be the means of transportation, the accommodation or local foods and products they consume. Furthermore, more travellers seek to request destinations outside of metropolitan areas: Wild parks, national parks or wildlife refuges are becoming more popular amongst those who seek for new adventures.
We think that’s a wonderful trend that one can observe. After all, travelling means to get in touch with the unknown places of this earth to building relationships with our planet.
It’s no surprise that in the area of individualism and the “Me-Too” movement, more people seek to travel alone. Travel is the best form of education and self-development. And it’s probably the best way to learn self-independence in an area which is outside of one’s comfort zone and routine. Solo travels will also empower women as they want to seek new, adventurous goals or skill sets for themselves. But more importantly, they are also more likely to travel to developing countries to support local women by buying local product or to boost local employment opportunities for women in the tourism sector.
While some of us always thought years ago that food travels are activities for the elderly, it has totally changed in 2018 and will continue to prosper in 2019. Every city, every region has its own local specialities. Food festivals in every city make any trip to any city a highlight. Furthermore, your passport is likely to become a cookbook, too. Travellers are much keener to learn the local cuisine and the ingredients to replicate those recipes for their loved ones back home. Once on the high-end of expensive tour agencies, it is nowadays affordable to anyone. As they say: Food is the ONE thing that unites us – we all love it!
Not only is green travel a trend that has a big impact on the way we travel, but also how we travel. More and more travellers want to live and do it like the locals. It’s certainly the best way to get connected with the culture and to understand the history. Not only do platforms like Airbnb offer an opportunity to get in touch with the local traditions and the “local art of living”, but also the increasing sustainable awareness of consumerism turn travellers to “honorary citizens”: They tend to buy more things locally. Instead of taking the expensive taxi transfer from the airport to the hotel, they prefer public transportation. Instead dining in a five-star hotel, they prefer the local pubs or restaurants in order to support local products, labour and the economy.
Anti-Consumerism will skyrocket travel trips during festive seasons
Yes, Christmas is around the corner already! But how many people are still looking forward to receiving presents? Overloading retailer marketing, credit card debt, unnecessary conflicts during the holiday season – more and more traveller will tend to choose a getaway from home and family to recharge their batteries. How about a family trip to a new place instead of being home under the Christmas tree?