2019 travellers: More experiences, less touristy places

More travellers are swapping the usual touristy spots for off the beaten, unique experiences.

Gone are the days when people plan their holidays on the most popular places to see, they instead visit the homes of locals, help underprivileged communities and try out the activities loved by the locals.

There is a definite experiential trend emerging this year as travellers look for something different.  

This includes beyond tick-the-box-tourist attractions such as Instagram walking tours led by locals or dining with locals offered by some of our tour operators.

These smaller group tours take the scenic back roads, offer boutique accommodation and authentic local experiences for travellers.

Experiential experiences happen anywhere, whether it’s a visit to a home in Bangkok, taking a long boat down one of the canals or feasting at a local agritourism farm in Dubrovnik.

“Tour operators are now receiving requests for unique experiences from travellers who want to do something that is a once-in-a-lifetime. This is becoming more common among Millennials who want to explore the world and share their stories with others. Many tourists prefer off the beaten track experiences where they connected with the locals.

“Travellers want something more than just seeing the iconic sights of a city. Everyone who visits Paris sees the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, but there are many facets to Paris that people are to yet to experience. They want to see how families in that country live their life.