Travel trends 2016

10th February 2016

Does a new year means booking a trip (or two or three) for you? Browse through the new travel trends and be inspired.


 

1. Insta-travel (a lot!)

Going on holiday only once a year isn’t enough anymore for most of us. Instead of spending our money on material things – that new pair of jeans for instance – we like to spend it to see as many parts of the world as possible. Insta-travel, booking trips impulsively, is what we did in 2015 and will continue to do this year. Research tells us that people go on holidays up to 8 (yes, 8!) times a year, from nearby destinations to exotic places.

2. Destinations to be

Each year Lonely Planet designs lists with upcoming destinations. According to them Botswana, Japan and the USA are countries you can’t miss in 2016. Kotor (the capital of Montenegro), Quito (the capital of Ecuador) and Dublin are the up & coming cities. Curious about the other destinations they’ve put on their must-visit list? Find them here.

My ultimate 2016 tip? Cape Town! At the moment the South African Rand has reached such a low level that you can travel cheaper than ever. Cape Town does not only have the hippest restaurants, the scenery is fantastic, it has amazing wines, you can tan on pristine beaches and only a short drive away you will be standing face to face with a lion or a herd of zebras.

Clarence Drive, Cape Town, South Africa

3. Mix & Match

An all-inclusive holiday (in other words: lying on a beach and don’t move for the entire week) is passé. Travellers mix and match their trip in order to get the perfect experience. A good example is to combine a citytrip with an outdoor adventure. After a few days of exploring a city centre, you escape to nature close by in order to get the best of both worlds. Reykjavik, Oslo and Geneva are ideal examples if you are looking for such a holiday. Another good example of mix & match travelling is sleeping for free on a locals coach (via couchsurfing) one day in order to be able to book a design hotel afterwards or eating in a star restaurant.

4. Connected traveller 

On one hand there are connected travellers, those who want to be online always & everywhere (yes, even in an ecolodge in the middle of the jungle). They are sharing their experiences on Social Media and they use apps like Foursquare to gather tips from other travellers. On the other hand we see the opposite: people who are looking for an alone on the world feeling and travel to the most remote places in order to get that. No social Media, WhatsApp messages or emails, just you and the world. An organization that responds to that ‘digital diet’ trend is Camp Grounded, summer camps for grown ups in the woods of the US where you have to hand in your laptop and cellphone before entering. Your days are filled with yoga and mindfulness classes, hiking in nature and art, cooking and writing workshops.

Camp Grounded

5. Off the radar destinations

Budget airlines made travelling cheaper than ever. As people don’t like mass tourism, they are looking for less obvious destinations to travel to. Colombia, Iran and South Korea are countries that are not on top of the bucketlist of most travellers, which makes them interesting. Closer by you find Warsaw, which doesn’t have to offer a lot on the historical level, but is very hip in terms of art for instance.

Colombia

6. Just you. And the world.

The concept of solo travelling is not new, but where once only super adventurous travellers left alone, now all sorts of people want to travel the world solo. An ideal way to develop and discover yourself.

Atlas Mountains, Morocco

7. Blind breaks

People – especially Milennials – are afraid of the predictable. They want to be surprised. Mystery breaks are the perfect answer to that. Surprise me (soon to be tested and reviewed on the blog) is a website where you book a specific type of holiday instead of a destination. You have the option to go for a citytrip, a roadtrip or an adventurous holiday. It’s only at the airport that you discover where you are heading to when you scratch the card they’ve sent you. Exciting, don’t you think?

8. Get more for less

More luxury for less money, that is what we are looking for. Websites like Dream Cheaper and Trip Rebel respond to that need. Once you booked your room through these websites they keep an eye on the prices until the day before departure. Via an algorithm system  they check if the hotel has better deals to offer. If that is the case, they cancel your booking and fix a reservation at the cheaper rate. No better deals? Sometimes it happens you receive an upgrade to a suite as well. Worth trying!

9. Travel to sport 

More people combine travelling with their favourite sports those days. They head to New York, Amsterdam and London to run marathons, to Southern France to cycle to the top of the Mont Ventoux, to Southern Spain for a yoga trip or to the Algarve Coast in Portugal to learn how to surf.

Want to try out a yoga trip? Casa de Laila, near Málaga, is like heaven on earth. You sleep in luxurious tents, surrounded by beautiful nature. You can choose if you want to attend only a one or two lessons or if you want to sign up for one of their health weeks, which are all about yoga and healthy food.

10. Locals (still) know it better

Travelling with locals is not a new trend. Trendsetters sleep already many years on couches (via Coachsurfing) or in the apartments (via Airbnb) of locals. Today there are more similar initiatives, Friday Flats and One Fine Stay are also worth checking out. Rather an adventurous type of person? Via Hipcamp you can rent a piece of land of locals to put your tent on, believe me there are some pretty nice locations on the website. Foodies can eat at the homes of locals via Eat With (read my experience here) and via My Plus One (read about it here) you can ask a local to be your private guide.

One Fine Stay - LA, London, New York

With the cooperation of trendwatchers Herman Konings (www.nxt.be) & Tessa aan de Stegge (www.cherrylab.nl).

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