Millions of Americans partook in some form of travel during 2017, especially for holiday-related purposes over the last two months. Though the biggest travel period of the year has come to an end, the travel industry is showing no signs of slowing down in 2018. An exciting array of trends await those hoping to adopt nomadic tendencies in the new year.
Here are several notable travel trends to look out for in 2018.
On-point customization is quickly becoming a “prime goal” of most travel service providers, creating a new perceptive approach to dining in which luxury providers offer personalized meals to visitors. These meals are tailored to specific moods and details surrounding that traveler’s unique adventure plans.
The return of the Middle East
Despite a variety of headlines initially predicting the contrary, tourism to the Middle East is projected to make a strong comeback in 2018. The region’s growth in international visitation has already surpassed that of Europe and South America, and this ascent currently shows few signs of slowing down.
In recent years, the travel industry has observed an increase in solo travelers. It seems that these individuals have grown increasingly courageous in setting out to uncharted territory by themselves. The new year expects to see a continued spike in this trend, as more and more travelers become comfortable with pushing their comfort zones.
An increasing amount of travelers have become more cognizant of environmental sustainability during their adventures. Practices once overlooked amidst the excitement and potential stress of travel have recently become major focal points — a trend expected to remain during 2018. These green practices range from a general control of one’s carbon footprint to a stronger perception of protecting an area’s cultural, natural, and economic heritage.
Not surprisingly, winter is expected to become the new peak season for travel in 2018. In recent years, around 79 percent of Americans reported they would consider overseas travel during the winter months. However, 53 percent of these travelers did not claim to be motivated by a change in weather. Paired with the fact that many Americans continue to travel in winter to avoid cold weather, this notion points to a steady increase in winter travel.