Flowing with the times and adapting to changing currents is an essential component of any industry. Tourism is no different as it needs to stay alive on the many whims of inquisitive and impulsive travelers by being able to deliver the exact experience they wish for- no matter how bizarre it may sound. Keeping tabs on the current travel trends is a good place to start.
- Solo travel: In an age of hyper-connectivity where people are always in contact with their loved ones and the rest of the world through the internet, it’s a mild surprise that solo travel has become all the rage in the last few years. A lone backpacking trip through unfamiliar cities, islands and towns is right on the bucket list of every diligent traveler. Sometimes you learn more in isolation than you do with company, and solo travel opens your mind to the world in ways that help you look at yourself in a different light. Moreover, technology has made it easier, safer and more convenient for people to go on trips alone, and this has given a boost to travel destinations like the laidback eastern coastline of Australia, the obscure beaches and Hellenic Villages of the Greek Islands where people come for solitude and the peculiar comfort that strangers offer.
- Selection of off-beat places: Even in Europe, people are looking for countries other than hackneyed destinations like the UK, Italy, France and Spain. Countries like Belarus, Moldova and Poland are coming up with enticing new offers to attract more tourists. Relatively unexplored, these destinations are leaving their mark on young travelers of this generation who prefer to discover and learn things on their own rather than living through someone else’s experiences.
- Wildlife Tourism: Rain forests in Costa Rica, find native macaws, toucans, orchids and bromeliads, to the unforgiving scenes of nature and wildlife in its natural habitat in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, or visit the National Wildlife Sanctuary on the banks of the clear waters of Chambal, that is home to some unique species of animals, and 320 resident and migratory birds.
- Adventure Travel: Travelers are always searching for bursts of adrenaline rushes, and perilous escapades on their journeys, and destinations around the world have always capitalized on it. Right from natural and geographical challenges like the black sand beaches, high cliff drops, wild deep waters, and rugged chain of volcanoes of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily, to adventure sports like sky diving in the bustling streets of Rio de Janerio, to the unmatchable New Zealand experience- the country that gave birth to bungee jumping, there really is no dearth of exhilarating exploits that are on offer for the adrenaline enthusiasts.
- Millenial Travel Packages: Like every young generation, the current generation of 18-35 year olds, the Millenials, have also been subject to vast surveys in order to learn more about their quirks and distinctive way of life. Travelers among Millenials are a diverse mix of youngsters who wish to travel off-the-beat places to learn more about them, and those who choose to travel to places that are part of the current political news from around the world. This juxtaposition among the choices of travel in Millenials has seen a healthy growth in the tourism of countries as popular as the United States and as obscure as the Saipan Islands in the Western Pacific.
- Responsible Travelling: The flip side of an almost saturated tourism industry is the impact it has on the local public, wildlife and resources of the popular tourist destinations. A growing awareness of this problem is making people be more conscious and responsible in the kind of footprints they leave behind in the places they visit. Travelers are mindful of contributing to the local economy by using the native products and services, and of not disrupting the daily lives of these people. This will only contribute to a healthy building of trust among tourists and locals, prompting return-visits and promoted ventures.