From nature-inspired voyages to virtual agents, 2019 is seemingly an exciting year for all brackets of travellers. The emerging trends are experiential and infused with technological advancements. With the appetite for experiential travel increasing now more than ever, the year is going to grow bigger with a handful of developments in the industry.
For those wondering about what is expected from the next chapter of wanderlust, here’s a list of some of the top trends.
One of a kind is the only kind
Globetrotters of the recent times are hungry for unique experiences. Spending money on better hotels is passé; for the year 2019 is all about living unique experiences. Given that everything is slowly becoming mainstream, all credit to our social media games going stronger by each passing day, the travellers are ready to expend their money on shorter, frequent, and meaningful breaks. From unusual accommodation to enticing local delicacies, from half a day tour in serene gardens to holistic spas and rejuvenating health trips - the year is full of such getaways. The Millennials see the world as their playground and the year is all about exploring the unchartered territories in their different ways.
One for nature
Nature is slowly becoming the utmost retreat for backpackers. After living through the aches of their mundane daily life, travellers are keen to recoup their peace amidst nature. It is to be noted that in order to become one with nature, their travel choices also witness reduces plastic usage and more eco-friendly preferences. According to booking.com more than a four-fifth of the travelling population is willing to spend their hours on activities that offset the environmental impact of their stay. The generation understands that sustainability is the only way forward and is eager to do their bit for a more eco-friendly future. Ecological tours are alleged to become a major trend, for these rare experiences help the generation pin more hopes to the future.
The Local Way
Each travel chronicle visit is another episode of experimentation and exploration for the backpackers of this age. While they choose to immerse themselves in local experiences, they are ready to taste the ethnic flavour of the place by wearing what they wear, eating what they eat. From taking public transportation to strolling through local streets, from ditching the popular travel guides to consulting the locals for the best hunts, the generation pines for experiences extending beyond the mainstream.
Adventure, my only travel mate
The gush of adrenaline is in absolute demand this year, just like in 2018. The generation wants to push the limits, look beyond the road and dive into the pool of unknown. Over 42% of travellers plan to visit a destination that makes them feel like a child again. From cliff-jumping to wing suiting, from ball pits to bouncy castles, action-packed activities and adventure is definitely going to be one of our top most predictions of 2019.
Everything at Once
There is a recent shift with multi-day tours and activities being booked further in advance because there is only so much time to do it all. Nobody wants to let go of a good opportunity. The fear of missing out is what they want to keep away from. Once at a place, the 2019 travellers are going to get a taste of each and every experience, from city tours and heritage walks to music and food festivals - travelling is a chance for them to meet new people and share stories together.
A Note for 2019
Being a part of one of the most rapidly evolving industries, there is a lot we need to amplify for our customers in 2019. Here’s a look at how the experts are planning to revamp the travelling experiences.
- Agile Customer Service
- Instant Bookability
- Options and more options
- Efficient processes
- Flawless Technology
- Smart and Faster Platforms
[Source - Booking.com]