Did you know that more families book vacations over the next 3-4 months than at any other time of year! Well with each year we have new travel gadgets and of course new travel trends and this coming year is no different! Travel is taking on a more conscious face – it’s not acceptable to take over a village and push indigenous peoples aside for tourists to come enjoy their land and more and more people want to find ways to give back to humanity during their time off from the 9 to 5 grind. Read on for the 5 New Travel Trends for 2018!
Travel Trend #1 Returning to Nature in our National Parks – Kids and families are so bombarded with media, social media, electronics and things that take them away from family time that you’ll see an increase in families booking vacations in the good old outdoors at national parks all over the country.
Travel Trend #2 Voluntourism – That a new term but it means taking your vacation time and volunteering to help others – a community, a family, a project to benefit wildlife. More and more people realize that feels good vacation that give back give them much more than just a week off of work and families want kids to see how good we have it here in home town USA.
Travel Trend #3 Vacations that Promote Well-being – We work hard at our jobs and we work hard running kids from here to there but so frequently moms are left behind – more and more people will book a vacation in 2018 that promotes wellness. Expect vacations that offer spa treatments, yoga, massage, drumming, chanting, spirituality and inner reflection.
Travel Trend #4 Intense Experience Vacations – People are used to working 9 to 5, taking their 2 weeks vacation per year and going back to work however people are yearning for experiences – the extreme kind of experiences like sky diving, white water rafting, safari trips and thrill seeking. They want to feel alive – they want to really feel like they’ve lived life to the fullest.
Travel Trend #5 Multi-Generational Travel – Actually I’ll be speaking about multi-generational travel at the Washington DC Adventure Travel Show in January of 2018. We had a rising trend in the 1900 that peaked around 2005, with the idea of moving out, living on your own and taking life by the horns. However, college kids aren’t getting jobs as quickly as they used to and with the slow increase in wages over the years, as well as the benefits of living with parents for child care and help with family responsibilities has caused more and more families to share home into 3 generations. We believe going back to the old family unit of long ago will spill over into tourism and you’ll find more families seeking vacation where everyone can find something to do from Grandma and Grandpa down to the grand kids.