Travel is not a luxury anymore. People from all classes and lifestyles share the interest of holidaying and they come together to cherish the idea of 'experience travelling'. This gave a boom to the travel industry thus making travel a lifestyle statement of 2017. We are almost halfway through the year and like most years, we have seen a lot of innovations and fresh ideas that have the potential to change the way we travel and experience the world. Over the past few years, there have been several notable improvements. Airbnb, online reservations, and itinerary planning have made life much easier for travellers. So is this year about to bring some more cheer for the wandering soul? Let’s find out, with our guide to the travel trends to watch out for in 2017.
Modern travellers love to explore new places but at the same time, they are mindful of the impact they have on the environment at their destination. This praiseworthy trend is set to become more prominent in 2017, when more travellers are likely to opt for sustainable and eco-friendly options, over conventional ones. So instead of renting a car, travellers would go on a hike or walk to the spot. Hotels that use sustainable energy, such as solar or wind power would be more in demand. These are just a couple of ways in which eco-travellers will make the choice regarding their hotels and sight-seeing plans in 2017.
Bleisure, that is business and leisure travel, is becoming the lucrative trend of the year. Most business travellers are extending their trips to keep it more personal and experience-oriented, which is certainly helping them have constructive breaks while they are on their business trips. Many companies are pushing forward the idea of Bleisure travel and the employees can even take their families along for a more personal time. Although it is not an emerging trend, it surely is being adopted by many business travellers.
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After an era of indulgence, many travellers are now moving towards a minimal experience. That includes staying at hotels that provide clean and tastefully done accommodations without compromising on quality. You get all your basic necessities in a stylish package, but none of the over-the-top furnishings, drapes, and décor. As people’s lives get more complicated, accommodations will become simpler and hassle-free.
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Millennials are taking over the world and it was only a matter of time before they turned their attention towards the travel industry. Equipped with all the necessary resources, be it finance or fresh ideas, they hold the power to define trends that would shape the travel
industry in the coming years. They are accustomed to having their needs met on-demand, so every upcoming service will be designed with them in mind.
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Gone are the days when only a handful of free-spirited souls decided to explore the world alone. With all the mundane routine and stress, people will be more inclined to find a peaceful respite on their solo journeys. This would not be limited to just men. Female solo travellers will be equally dominating the travel industry and most travel companies will be focusing on providing services around their safety, comfort and ease.
Food Tours and Adventure Activities:
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Instead of just dining out, travellers are now seeking a customized experience where they can explore the destination at leisure by taking cooking lessons and indulging while on food tours. For a dose of adrenaline rush, they are opting for safari tours, hiking, diving and other adventures that can be enjoyed by people with any level of expertise. Thus, travellers are moving on from just being tourists to people who are willing to immerse themselves in the local culture for a more fulfilling experience.
Vacations are not just about sightseeing, food & drink and photographs. Travellers are now looking for a holiday that would become a cherished memory. This means meeting locals at your destination, learning the culture and even visiting the little-known places recommended by people who have spent their entire life there. In 2017 you’ll have more options than ever, to create a bespoke itinerary that lets you have a unique experience catered specially for you.
These are just some of the trends we’ve spotted that will be big in 2017. Do you have something to add to the list? Let us know in the comments!