Detox, Slow travel, Hidden Gems & More
From hidden gems to detox destinations here are some of the biggest travel trends we can expect to see in 2019. Compiled by the Travel Geeks at award-winning Loco2.com – the comparison and booking platform for train tickets in the UK and Europe.
It’s all about the experience – a combination of the hottest trends, incredible views, and adventurous activities…
1) Booking detox destinations
For years, people have been searching for off-grid locations to escape technology. An example is a remote cottage perhaps in a corner of the Scottish Highlands, where there is no chance of your phone ringing or your emails pinging (www.sykescottages.co.uk).
Aside from a digital detox, the UK is becoming obsessed with practises such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness. There are dozens of retreats which offer these facilities to guests, such as Gaia House in Devon, which follows an eco ethos and features manageable, expert-led, daily sessions of silent sitting and walking meditation to help calm your mind.
2) Slow travel
Traditional tourism involves flying to another country and cramming in loads of activities – sometimes you can leave your holiday feeling more exhausted than when you left. People are increasingly opting for slow travel, where they can soak up the environment they are in and take time to appreciate their surroundings, at a relaxing pace.
3) Savvier staycations
Staycations are, obviously, hugely popular – and sometimes we forget that England is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. There are some stunning destinations in the UK, including national parks, and coastal breaks – with Wales, Devon and Cornwall being some of the most popular places. The desire to get a ‘value-for-money break’ is a growing priority due to stretched household budgets and the continued weak pound. Staycations are also generally more accessible for all types of travellers.
4) Overtourism & finding hidden gems
Travellers will be seeking more undiscovered, eco-friendly destinations this year too. Half of travellers would choose not to go to a destination if they feel it will negatively impact the people who live there.
Rather than contributing to the problem of overtourism, many people want to escape from the usual tourist trap locations and identify some of the world’s best off-the-beaten-track travel destinations. Travellers are also looking for something authentic and secluded.
They’re looking for exciting places that others are unlikely to have seen yet – they want to claim they have discovered the destination.
5. Curated holiday experiences
Travellers are not just after good holiday deals (although everyone loves a bargain), they want unique, unusual and tailored experiences.
One way they are beginning to do this is by creating curated holidays for different groups of travellers i.e. women-only or solo. For example, Tour operator Just You specialises in curating trips for clients who love independent travel twinned with shared experiences.
A great example of a travel supplier that successfully introduced a new travel experience platform is Airbnb with its ‘Airbnb Experiences’ activities designed and led by inspiring locals which go beyond typical tours or classes by immersing guests in each host’s unique world.