It’s time to look forward to popular destinations and trends that will shape our travel behaviour in 2018.
Peter Kerkar, Group CEO, Cox & Kings Ltd. presents the Top 8 experiences that will gain momentum in the coming year.
While culinary trips as part of larger holidays are already in place, what will emerge in the coming year is Food tours that will not only focus on dining or food tasting but rather delve more into the cooking style, history of cuisines, local flavours and tradition.
The growing need for experiential travel has made way for Glamping or Glamorous camping lately. Travellers want to be a part of immersive experiences without compromising on the luxuries, and glamping is the perfect marriage of luxurious accommodation and unforgettable in-destination experiences.
Technology has made this world smaller and easier to connect with people from different destinations. The curiosity to know more about the world and about oneself, their past, legacy, and ancestral history has given birth to the concept of ‘tracing your roots’.
Cruising in the high seas, has its own charm, what with large cruise liners wooing travellers with luxurious offerings. The evolved Indian traveller has now moved on to more intimate experiences such as river and canal cruises in India and Europe. Experiencing unparalleled comfort while exploring the heart of magnificent hinterlands in River cruises will be the flavour of 2018.
In a quest to balance social good in everything they do, Millennials, the largest generation is blending purpose with leisure. Contributing to change in its true sense is becoming a new norm for this generation of the most frequent travellers. Being environmentally and socially conscious travellers are facilitating Voluntourism across countries like South Africa, India, Cambodia, Nepal, Peru and Mexico to name a few.
Destinations that are shrinking
Climate Change, the unfortunate phenomenon is leading to thawing of pristine glaciers and significant permafrost, islands to submerge, marine ecology to vanish while displacing locales. While the world is working to reverse the effects, some iconic places on earth stay threatened.
As travellers are spreading into the last unexplored corners of the globe, the demand for bigger, better, and more adventurous experiences is skyrocketing. Pushing your travel boundaries with extreme adventure is in vogue.
Wellness will emerge as people focus more on improving their physical and emotional well-being by travelling for meditation, spa, yoga, Ayurveda massages and bathing in mineral rich water bodies for rejuvenation.