Every place in the world is on notice: Travelers will be headed YOUR way this year. While there might be some dips in travel to popular destinations of the past, the theme for 2018 could best be captured by the popular Monty Python catchphrase, “And now for something completely different.”
Standing out from the crowd – while avoiding them altogether – will be the “must-dos,” particularly among millennials. But don’t discount the older generations, and their bucket-lists, who will have money to spend and may want to detach from all that chases their desire for peace, especially impatient travellers. Globetrotters are poised to show some renewed interest in long-forgotten destinations in 2018, and there will also be a desire among the adventurous to attempt to reach the ends of the Earth that have few, if any, footprints.
- 1. Where Your Will Meets A Way
The airline industry has recorded a record number of passengers and flights and the trend is upward. That means more crowded skies and planes greeting you this coming year. Of course, a lounge would be a great way to remedy that. As far as where to go, more travellers are looking to get away from the stress and burdens of life back home, and that escape means travelling to destinations not on everyone’s bucket list – yet. Budget airlines are spreading their wings and crossing vast oceans which means younger travellers and all budget-minded adventurers have more options to do something new in 2018.
- 2. The Young and The Restless, But Also Conscious
For the 18-35-year-old travellers, an experiential journey is what’s trending for 2018. Usually the ones to set the trends before following them, Millennials, and the even younger Generation Z, seek more hands-on and rewarding experiences. According to the website travelagentcentral.com, activity destinations that offer music, food and up-close nature experiences like safaris and sailing are on tap for 2018. Sustainable travel and trips to “endangered” places are attractive places to go for the younger travellers who are increasingly concerned about disappearing natural treasures due to changes in climate. Young travellers are gravitating toward destinations that offer more than a typical backpacker’s European-style getaway and instead provide more immersive natural and urban experiences.
- 3. You Can’t Beat the Experience
Travelers in 2018 will look to excite all senses. They will take more thrill-seeking adventures, engage in cultural immersion experiences, and set their sights on extreme regions of the world. It’s no longer satisfactory for people to go to destinations simply to say they’ve been there. It’s all about doing something meaningful while there.
- 4. Millennials are looking for better travel experiences
Have you heard the term “voluntourism?” It means just what it sounds like. Adding the experience of humanitarian volunteering while enjoying an adventure is becoming an alluring trend among younger Millennial travellers in 2018. Younger people are very socially conscious and the need to share doesn’t stop at selfies and other pictures. Sharing their knowledge, skills and “helping make the world a better place” is seen as a great way to spend a memorable trip.
- 5. Traveling to remote destinations for more exotic experiences
Iceland’s recent surge in popularity shows that governments need to take action and work in tandem with tourism and economic entities to ensure the availability of resources, accommodations and infrastructure while protecting the reasons people come to visit in the first place.
What trends for 2018 show is that some travellers will spread their wings beyond places they would normally consider in order to discover under-appreciated destinations. For fans of the popular photo sharing site Instagram, the world appears as a blank canvas ready to be filled. Remote regions of the world will be more popular among social media savvy travellers seeking a unique experience and one-of-a-kind shot.
- 6. We Are Family
The family dynamic is changing. While traditional vacations to family-friendly destinations will continue unabated, the mix of family members traveling in 2018 will continue the trend of being a bit more non-traditional. Many single parents will obey their wanderlust and decide to travel with their children, casting aside the stereotypical scene of a mom, a dad and two kids visiting a Disney® park.
- 7. Small Worlds with Big Possibilities
There will be more trends to watch as 2018 unfolds. For example, some travellers will opt for smaller cruise ships. The growing popularity of river cruises, particularly throughout Europe, opens up new destinations unavailable to the largest ships. Even those cities at sea are opting for more sustainable amenities and destinations, shedding the “party boat” reputation and becoming a true experience in and of itself.
All work and no play is a bizarre concept for many people and those who don’t mind mixing the two will have company in 2018. While older travellers tend to eschew the idea of doing some work while on vacation, younger travellers don’t seem to mind as much. In fact, many see it as an opportunity make a vacation out of a business visit with some creative time management and budgeting.