Regardless of whether you’re an adventurous traveller or prefer to keep the pace slow, there’s an abundance of travel trends you can get on board with.
We’ve compiled a list with 6 of the hottest travel trends right now, with a little help from some of our digital friends Kayla Manoe, founder of Kelana by Kayla; Stephen and Jess; Co-Founders of Flying the Nest; Scott Purcell, Co-founder of Man of Many and James Banham, editor at The-F.
1. Go where the good food is
“If the millions of travellers around the world have told us one thing through their pictures and stories, it’s this; food is where it’s at,” says Co-Founder of Man of Many, Scott Purcell.
“There are countless anecdotes, guide listings and tasty memories from travellers about the food markets in Hong Kong and Singapore, the raging brunch trend in Australia, the hearty and meaty dishes of southern America and the cultural explosion that is European cuisine. All put food right at the top of the pile when it comes to ‘reason to travel’.
“Search ‘#food’ on Instagram and be bombarded with millions of images of some seriously sumptuous sights that are as good enough a reason to book a ticket to essentially anywhere as soon as you can muster!” Scott says. We couldn’t agree more.
2. Active retreats
Health, wellness and fitness retreats are the new beach holiday! There are loads of options out there, aimed at getting you moving, unwinding from the stresses of everyday life and nurturing your mind and body. These might include hikes and boot camp style breaks or something more gentle (but no less challenging in their own right) such as yoga and meditation retreats.
3. Working holidays
Travelling for work? Make the most of your work-expensed flights by extending your stay for a few extra days or using the trip as a launching pad for a longer break. If you’re short on time and don’t have flexible flights, make the most of your spare hours (however limited) and discover the sights and sounds of your destination after you switch off for the day. Explore the streets with your camera in hand, grab a bite at a notable restaurant or maybe, just maybe, squeeze in a visit to one of the landmarks if you can get in before closing time.
4. Live as the locals do
Getting off the beaten path is an experience that more and more explorers seek out on their travels abroad. Do your research to find local events and hangout spots, ask friends and family who may have been to the destination before for their hot tips or just wing it and see what you can find. Need a helping hand? Airbnb have recently launched an ‘Experiences’ tab which allows you to get a sneak peek into the lives of a local, as your host guides you around town or takes you through a workshop with a local flair to it.
5. Volunteering and sustainable travel
Travel is a rewarding experience in itself, but you can take it to the next level by giving back to the community you’re visiting by volunteering and engaging in sustainable travel practices. Stephen and Jess, Co-Founders of Flying the Nest say “Volunteering abroad is quickly growing to be a popular alternative to someone’s gap year and it’s not just for the new explorers, we see plenty of families and people having a mid-life or mid-job crisis.”
There are many credible organisations out there that specialise in coordinating volunteer holidays. Think anything from conservation projects working with native animals and wildlife preservation to building and infrastructure development or teaching a language or specialist skill.
While volunteering abroad and being a sustainable traveller isn’t always the cheapest way to go, your actions certainly go a long way! Kayla Manoe, Founder of Kelana by Kayla shares a few ideas for incorporating responsible practices into your trip:
- Opting for train and bus travel
- Boycotting cruel animal attractions
- Reducing waste
- Shopping fair trade
These activities “are all incredibly important in sustaining the environment and providing a more positive and rewarding experience for all involved” she says.
Sometimes you don’t need to go far to have a good time. “One of the most popular travel trends on the rise is the oft-underrated staycation,” says James Banham, Editor at The-F.
“Instead of spending time and money on expensive flights, stick close to home and spend the extra dollars on wine, cheese, an award-winning restaurant or a zippy convertible for the weekend.
It’s also a great opportunity to discover more about your own backyard, and by supporting local businesses you’ll be putting the dollars back into your local economy. We’re spoilt for choice in Australia – there’s no excuse not to see it all.”
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