With the start of a new decade comes a number of new travel trends to look out for. Which will you adopt in 2020?
Green, sustainable, responsible
There’s an old saying regarding travel: “Leave only footprints, take only memories.” Travelers are increasingly cognizant of how their travel plans impact the environment, the size of their carbon footprint. Eco-tourism has been on the rise for the past several years, and that trend will continue. Travelers have discovered that they can stay in eco-friendly lodges without sacrificing luxury; they can enjoy excursions and tours that support the local community, sometimes directly by funding programs, local artists and more.
There are other ways to go green as well. Travelers are more willing to forego fuel-burning flights in exchange for means of transportation that may take longer, but affects climate change less. They’ve discovered that a slower pace of travel actually adds to their enjoyment, allowing for better, more intimate experiences.
Even wildlife tourism, like safaris, are becoming more sustainable through thoughtful planning. There are now responsible wildlife tour operators who are concerned about conservation, and offer immersive, life-changing encounters without exploiting wildlife or habitats.
Thanks to the ubiquity of home DNA testing, many people have now discovered their (at times surprising!) ancestry. Not surprisingly, this will drive more ancestry tourism in 2020. Travelers want to visit where their ancestors are from, to meet the people, walk the same paths, eat the same foods. Ancestry tourism is about discovery—discovering who you are now by finding out who your ancestors were then.
Off the beaten path, but not too far off
Cities like Paris, Venice and Amsterdam can be overwhelming. Depending on the time of year, the volume of tourists may make it nearly impossible to see what you want to see without enduring long lines and stifling crowds. Cities like Lyon, France, Bologna, Italy, and Utrecht, Netherlands offer charm, historically important sites, museums and amazing food, without the crowds. This idea of alternate destinations repeats itself in just about every country in the world. Watch for more varied travel to increase in 2020.
Staycations, with a twist
The idea of staycations has been around for a long time—take time off work, but stay home and putter around the house. In 2020 expect more staycations, but with a fun twist. Rather than stay at home, people book a hotel in their hometown, and do all the things a visitor to their city would do on vacation. It’s surprising how many of us have not experienced the best of what our own backyards have to offer. These new staycations mean to remedy that.
Yes, pet travel. Expect more and more hotels to not only accept pets, but to cater to pet owners with special offers and even events tailored to them. Picture a bowl of fresh baked dog biscuits on the check-in desk and a dog bed in your room.
Chances are your personal bucket list contains a few big once-in-a-lifetime events you’d like to attend. More and more, travelers are checking off those bucket list items by building entire vacations around an event. Some are sports related, from The Masters to the Superbowl, the Olympics to the World Cup, the Indianapolis 500 to the World Series, the Ho Chi Minh City Marathon to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. That’s just the beginning, though, and many travelers are thinking outside the box, even throwing away the box completely. How about the Jerez Flamenco Festival in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain; The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C.; the International Bar-B-Q Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky; the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, Netherlands? The possibilities are endless, limited only by your imagination and budget.
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