by Jessica Bisesto
It's hard to believe another year has come and gone, but that just means it's time to start making travel plans for 2018. We understand the importance of staying ahead of the curve by informing our audience about the latest and greatest trends. We've compiled a few of our most anticipated travel trends that have we expect to surge in popularity over these next twelve months.
Solo travel has been steadily increasing in popularity in recent years and we anticipate this trend to continue through 2018. Traveling with a companion isn't always an option but that shouldn't stop you from exploring different destinations on your own. Solo travelers tend to be more comfortable getting out of their comfort zone and trying new things in addition to becoming the most confident version of themselves. The world is quite accommodating to those who travel alone, especially in places like Thailand and Iceland.
Who can resist a two-for-one offer? As Americans have limited vacation days, there's been a rise in travelers visiting two destinations in one trip. Often times, people can run out of things to do and see after a few days in one location and enjoy shaking up their itinerary a bit. It's not typically much more expensive to incorporate a second city into your trip, so why not spend a few days in Bangkok then head to Phuket, or enjoy some time in Portugal before catching a flight to Morocco.
Families of all ages have began vacationing together more frequently. Whether it's to celebrate a graduation, wedding, anniversary, or a family reunion, we've seen a rise in grandparents traveling with their children and grandchildren. Many resorts around the world are taking notice and offering activities––such as sailing or cooking classes––that enable families of all shapes and sizes to participate while spending quality time together. Places like Croatia and New Orleans are fantastic options for family travel as they offer incredible architecture, a fabulous food and drink scene and plenty of attractions that meet everyone's needs.
Off The Beaten Path Destinations
Plenty of travelers are still exploring destinations such as Barcelona and London, but there are plenty of under-the-radar locations that are becoming more and more popular. Travelers who've seen and done mainstream countries are starting to look at the unturned stones of travel when making new plans. Consider Sri Lanka as an alternative to India, Bosnia and Herzegovina instead of Croatia, or Vietnam instead of Thailand when planning your next trip for a less-crowded and incredible adventure.
There's been a huge increase in glamping accommodations around the United States, as well as the rest of the world. Glamping offers luxurious accommodations in natural surroundings, making it a fantastic compromise for a nature lover and city slicker. Affordable options are readily available year round and for those looking for an uber luxury experience, there are glamping accommodations with unparalleled amenities.
Old Europe is New Again
As we saw 2017 was a hot year for Portugal and Greece. Older parts of Europe are rising in popularity and giving places like England, Italy and France a run for their money. Cities such as Porto, Prague and Athens experienced more tourists in 2017 than in previous years. Perhaps it's the incredibly affordable accommodations and attractions or traveler's interest in exploring destinations outside the norm, either way, old Europe has become new again.
People are more frequently getting in touch with their own history and genealogy than ever before because of how easy it is to submit a DNA sample. Whether you decide to visit Romania because you found out your great-great grandmother was born there or you choose to take a trip to Sweden after tracking down long-lost cousins, getting in touch with roots has never been easier or more popular. People are choosing to travel to countries they share ancestry to meet distant relatives, make use of local sources for researching ancestors or to walk the same steps as their family.