The travel industry is constantly evolving and changing with new trends picking up steam.
Whether it’s traveling the world solo, venturing down a hidden path to sample street food with the locals – or jumping on board the “green train” – the industry is shaking itself out to adjust to the new normal.
But are the latest travel trends we’ve listed below just fads? Or here to stay?
People want to travel – and while they used to wait for a “travel buddy” or someone to travel with – these days, people are more than willing to travel alone.
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that our freedoms can be taken away from us with the stroke of a pen.
After spending years cooped up indoors, people are no longer taking travel for granted – if they want to go someplace – they go – with or without a friend.
Travel Pulse reported:
“According to new research from MMGY, one in four travelers plans to travel solo in the next six months with Gen-Z and Millennials leading the way.
Male travelers are more likely than their female counterparts to travel alone. Thirty percent of male travelers are likely to travel solo in comparison to 19 percent of female travelers.”
But I predict female solo travel will continue to increase as more women are challenging the stereotype of “it’s too dangerous to travel alone.”
Plus – a lot of places are even catering to solo female travelers.
No More Tourist Traps
While travel agencies used to make a quick buck booking the same type of recycled travel itineraries for each traveler – popular attractions (or tourist traps) are no longer the focus.
Especially with the younger generation, people are looking for a true and authentic experience – which includes eating, playing, and shopping where the locals do.
Instead of paying to see a famous painting at an art gallery in Europe – travelers would rather head down a side street and check out the local art and talent.
Out are the days of expensive and overpriced “famous restaurants” and in are the street vendors that sell the dishes their country is known for – like panipuri in India or pupusas in El Salvador.
Travelers would rather have a unique and “once in a lifetime” experience instead of taking the same cookie-cutter vacation as everyone else.
Ugh. Yes. It’s actually a thing.
Liberals are obsessed with forcing the rest of us to live their “values” to create a “clean world”…
… and sadly this has trickled into the tourist industry.
If you haven’t noticed, hotels are becoming more and more stingy with amenities – some places even expect you to use the same towels for the entire week to “save water” with laundry.
Yeah no thanks.
And of course, who could forget the ridiculous quest to eliminate complementary travel-size shampoos and conditioners and make everyone use “communal” soap dispensers instead?
It’s utterly the most annoying trend ever – but brace yourselves – the “eco-friendly” travel trend has picked up a lot of steam.
In fact, Booking.com reports 70% of global travelers are more likely to book an accommodation “knowing it was eco-friendly.”
But remember, the travel industry is constantly changing – and what’s popular today may be unheard of in a year.
Which of these travel trends do you think will last?
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