- Donna McGougan
TRAVEL TREND FORECAST: TOP TRAVEL TRENDS IN 2022 (AND BEYOND!)
Updated: Apr 3, 2022
For some of us, the last two years have greatly impacted how we live, work, and travel. With restrictions around the globe easing, and travel making a BIG comeback, let’s take a look at a few major trends we’ll be seeing in 2022/23 and beyond!
Revenge travel has never been hotter, and big, bucket-list trips are taking travellers (and travel advisors) by storm. With all of the time spent at home, in lockdown, teaching your kids through remote schooling, or simply saving money that would ordinarily be spent on holidays – travellers are ready to go all out on their next escape.
Active travellers are planning treks across the Serengeti or looking to scale Machu Pichu. Luxury lovers are considering pampered stays at the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris or yachting across the Mediterranean, and couples are dreaming about not just one, but two or more romantic destinations – all rolled into a loved up mega getaway!
With remote work on the rise, more employees are taking their laptops on the road and blurring the lines between work and play. Whether it’s a weeklong escape to a cabin or a month-long tropical getaway, as long as there’s a WiFi connection – workcations can be made possible.
While gracing the 2022 travel trends list, workcations are not new. Digital nomads have been plugging away on their laptops for years in the jungles of Costa Rica, the beaches of Mexico, and at cafes in Paris. Now it’s just an option for an increasing number of remote workers.
Defined as "intentionally travelling to stretch, learn, and grow into new ways of being and engaging with the world” transformative travel has grown in popularity these past two years. Maybe it's because we've all had some time to reflect on what's really important to us.
Travel is planned with the focus of learning a new skill, or volunteering for an organization that makes an impact in something that's important to you. Think yoga training, animal rescues, or nature conservancy. You're connecting with locals and having a positive effect while you travel.
Slow travel has been around for a while, but having the freedom to travel when we want and where we want has seen this trend explode. Rather than a quick 10 days away to see the highlights, travellers plan extended stays in a destination. They remove the rush and urgency to see it all. Instead, they are looking for a laid back travel experience that will let them live and experience life like a local.
After spending a considerable amount of time at home with your four-legged family members, you may not want to part with them on your next vacation.
It's no secret that our pets are valued members of the family, and the travel industry is recognizing it. Hotels are going far above and beyond welcoming your furry companion with the requisite dog bed and bowl. Think canine-specific room-service menus, pet-friendly restaurant spaces, in-room massage, and reiki (for your dog, not you!).
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