Travel is no longer about just going to a place, checking in to a touristy hotel, visiting all the ‘must-visit’ sites and buying souvenirs. There are so many new and extremely interesting dimensions to it now – and a perfect plan for each personality type! To put things into perspective, we have come up with 12 surprisingly cool trends in the domain of tourism that will be all over the place in 2019. Read on: there might be something that ignites a spark in your mind and leads you into making a travel plan around the idea. Social detox, also known as digital detox, is the evolved mind’s way of getting away from it all. If you fully understand the extent to which social media and digital devices intrude your world, and how harmful this can be, an off-the-grid vacation in 2019 will be like therapy to you. This kind of travel will involve going to a less touristy place and staying in a resort whose design and infrastructure encourage you to put all your devices aside. There should certainly be no Wi-Fi!
Today, we have a breed of seasoned travelers who do not just get excited by the idea of visiting a new place. They need a special motive to travel that matches their special interest. In 2019, we will, therefore, witness a rise in niche tourism as more people are interested in gaining new experiences and looking forward to getting a real feel of the local customs, cuisine, and traditions. Travel niches that will be trending in 2019 include gastro-tourism, adventure tourism, medical or health tourism, religious and spiritual tourism besides others.
The zeitgeist is to invest in experiences and not products; this category of travel will be an extension of just that. Under the umbrella of ‘rich experiences’ are several things you can go for based on what you’re passionate about.
It can be a vacation where you spend a substantial amount of time learning a new skill like exotic cooking or a new language; or, it can be an experience where you are tapping into the potential of conscious living. The realm of possibilities is going to be wide – you just need to find the right retreat.
While going to remote islands for a quiet and romantic getaway has been popular for a long time, this trend will soar in popularity in 2019. With newer islands coming up with high-quality infrastructure for tourists, there will be enough remoteness around the world for everybody to enjoy in the year to come.
An exotic cruise can be a heavenly setting for reconnecting with family members and close friends; and on special occasions, it works even better.2019 will have a veritable explosion in cruise companies offering special packages for groups cruising together. Besides the irresistible monetary deals, you may also expect special activities and entertainment that you can partake in together as a group. So prepare to mix some fuzzy family bonding with travel!
The democratization of travel is one of the best things to have happened to us humans! Now, everyone can travel – all you need is a desire and the right mind to plan it well. Several popular destinations around the world cater to the needs of budget travelers by making sure they have ample accommodation and transport options in the category; and trust us, these are mostly very good. You can get a decent bed, nutritious food, and efficient public transportation – all of it to fit within your pocket size. 2019 will witness this trend getting stronger than ever before – so be ready with your itineraries!
Checking in to a new hotel is so much fun. And every hotel has a distinctive flavor to it – so if you go to a city that is known for its sheer variety and exceptional quality of hotels, why content with just one? You can distribute your vacation through various parts of the city and get a new hotel for every new area. Hotel connoisseurs are certain to fall in love with the idea of romancing many different hotels on the same vacation.
Judging from the popularity of art tours, the world certainly seems to be becoming a more cultured place than ever before. Art lovers visit cities and natural heritage sites known for their art; at times, this could even be street art. As for you, whether it is masterpieces in the world’s best museums that you like or the graffiti on the roadsides is what appeals to your aesthetic senses, art tours will be a plenty in 2019. Several qualified art and tourism guides in all the major cities of the world will add even more value to your tour.
Food tourism has been slowly catching on over the last decade or so. Foodies on a journey pack up in their itineraries a list of places that are known for their culinary delights. In 2019, you can look forward to even more of this owing to countries and cities around the world starting to pay more attention than ever before towards preserving their authentic flavors. So get ready for a food tour soon!
Traveling at your own pace and stopping just where you like is a luxury – and road trips allow for it! Besides, the joy of driving through scenic spaces and a new locale is unsurpassed. You can look forward to road trips becoming even more accessible to travelers in 2019. Be it the support of local authorities, easy availability of vehicles to rent and presence of sufficient good motels and homestays on the way – everything will get stronger, inspiring you to take that long-awaited road trip abroad.
While some want to disconnect from social media, others crave material to add to it. And we, for one, embrace both the trends. Instagram tours will get extremely popular among millennials in 2019. They will cover the most picturesque, or Instagramable, spots around the world. You will get to pick up an especially tailored tour that takes you through places that give you the best shots for your feed. Well, as an Instagram-butterfly, you may already have been doing this, but now there will be travel agencies and guides that understand your unique needs and make your travels more comfortable.
A tremendous rise in destination weddings has been observed over the last few years. Weddings are grander than ever and people want their guest to celebrate their weddings in a memorable way. Alongside, honeymoons, wedding anniversaries, and birthdays are also being celebrated in an impressive way by hosting them in an exotic destination. In 2019 too, we are expecting a rise in destination-specific celebrations. Besides, getting a chance to visit a beautiful place, celebratory tourism helps people forge stronger ties with friends and family and build everlasting memories.
With so many exciting things happening in the world of tourism, the drive to go explore only gets more intense – and there is hardly a reason to not give in! So put your thinking caps on and get to thinking how you would spend your 2019 Holiday.
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