Now that we’re in to the swing of the New Year, we’re already starting to see certain travel trends and preferences emerging from our clients. This year, many of you are asking us how you can be more eco-conscious when you travel, lots of you are interested in heading off the beaten track to undiscovered destinations, and almost all of you (like us!) think with your stomachs and want to know about the local cuisine when planning your holidays.
So, without further ado, here are the travel trends we predict will shape the way we all travel in the coming year and beyond.
In the incredibly fast-paced world we live in, a holiday is often the only time we have to stop and take stock of our thoughts, relax our weary limbs, and set time aside to do something we really enjoy. With that in mind, we’re seeing more and more people seeking life or health enriching experiences on their holidays. From summiting a mountain peak in Peru to meditating with a monk in Cambodia and learning to sail in Greece, there are plenty of ways we can help you transform your time off into a holiday you’ll never forget.
As we all try to be a little more eco-conscious and aware of our carbon footprint, so called slow travel is having a real moment in 2020. Though an international flight may well still be involved, once in a country there are various ways to explore without getting on a plane and we’re encouraging you to embrace them. Whether that’s city hopping around Italy by train, enjoying an African safari on foot, or cruising along the Nile by boat, you’ll soon find that by travelling at a slightly slower pace you see and do much more en route. So embrace the journey, slow down and see what you discover in the process.
The closure of popular travel destinations such as Thailand’s Maya Bay (better known as ‘The Beach’), has prompted an outcry from our friends around the world to help them preserve precious areas from the damaging effects of over tourism. We always encourage our clients to escape the obvious when they travel, so avoiding the most popular beaches, temples and cities in favour of hidden gems has always been our speciality. As well as helping to preserve damaged places, this means we can also offer you much more exclusive and exciting experiences in the places that we’re sure will be tomorrow’s next big thing.
Eat Like A Local
As veganism starts to really take off here in the UK, discussions about what we eat and where it comes from have really dominated our January. Similarly, when we travel, food is one of our main concerns. When away from home we always suggest eating the local cuisine and trying to find authentic, independently run restaurants to do so in. Last year we saw a rise in people wanting to live like a local (in homestays or on locally guided excursions) and this year we think it’s going to be all about eating like a local. We can help you do that with cooking classes and local market visits, sociable supper clubs and even hands-on food foraging experiences.
Its official, sustainability is the new cool. Gone are the days where excessive and imported goods were considered a mark of status, now we’re all about zero-waste and locally sourced produce. With our planet’s future in jeopardy we are already seeing you ask us about the eco-credentials of hotels before you stay in them, and we couldn’t be happier about it. From totally off-grid properties to those championing wildlife conservation, we work with many of the most highly-regarded hotels in the sustainability business.
The benefits of travelling off-season have been heralded for some time now, but in the past the focus has always been on simply avoiding the crowds and securing better prices. Of course these aren’t advantages to be overlooked, but recently we’ve seen the real (top secret) reasons we love off-season travel starting to be let out of the bag. So, before everyone else works out that the Uyuni Salt Flats offer incredible reflective views in the wet season or that the photography in Southern Africa’s Green Season is second to none (plus, it’s also baby animal season), get booking your off-season trips now.
If you're feeling inspired to plan a holiday, get in touch with one of our experts by calling 020 3613 5515 or making an enquiry online.