We are already in the third month of 2017 and a lot of changes have already occurred across different industries. The travel industry is also going to undergo some changes due to innovative travel apps, products and companies. The top travel trends are going to evolve and sustainable travel and eco-friendly initiatives are going to become a priority. The United Nations has declared this year to the International Year of Sustainable Tourism, which means there will be more responsible travel. However, that’s not going to be all. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of groundbreaking changes on the horizon as far as travel trends are concerned.
Some of the top travel trends to be expected this year are outlined below:
Vanishing destinations will be a priority
There will be a rise in tourist traffic at destinations that are at the risk of disappearing. People are experiencing an urgency to see places before they vanish and this includes areas such as the Antarctic and Arctic, which are being affected because of climate change. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is another such destination where adventure travelers would like to go before it is completely changed or gone.
Traveling will go green
There is an increasing interest in ecotourism by the industry and also by the consumer, which has prompted tour operators, hotels and outfitters to incorporate responsible practices. Nowadays, travelers are being encouraged to plan getaways that are low-impact and green. Carbon footprint can be reduced by traveling shorter distances and choosing eco-minded restaurants and hotels is also another way to bring sustainability to the forefront.
Healing vacations will emerge stronger than ever
As people become more and more health conscious, this is going to reflect in their travel plans. Wellness and health seem to have become a mainstay in travel. There will be a greater demand for hotels and destinations where tourists can enjoy, pamper themselves and improve their health simultaneously.
River cruises will be in high demand
Even though river cruise boats are smaller as compared to ocean liners, they are a great way to travel because they enable people to see missed areas of the city. Top travel trends of this year indicate there will be a high demand for river cruises as you can save long lagging times seen in open sea travel. Moreover, these cruises are more intimate and allow you to have an exploratory experience of the place you are visiting.
Cuba tourism will continue to rise
While it remains to be seen what the new president will decide in regard to Cuba, it is predicted that there will be heightened tourism. On November 28th last year, the first U.S. commercial aircraft landed in the country after 50 years. Other legacy airlines are now providing routes to the country and accommodations have also become easily available. Therefore, it is likely that the recent positive trend will be on the rise and travel to Cuba will stay constant.
Volunteering trips are going to get common
These days, people are not just interesting in traveling to a place only for the sights, especially millennials. They want to connect to the local culture and wish to do something or give something valuable to the place they visit. Previously, impoverished and challenged areas were not regarded as travel destinations, but trends will be changing this year. As people have become more interested in immersive travel experiences, they will go on volunteering trips where they can do good and help out the local people as they find it extremely rewarding and gives them a cultural understanding.