With the new year under way, we take a look at the biggest travel trends for 2019. Here are the places we’ll be heading to and the way we’ll be travelling this year.
As well we know, bleisure (mixing business and pleasure) is on the up. According to Expedia, 60 per cent of corporate travellers extend their trips to enjoy leisure activities. So merging holidays and business trips continues to appeal to the corporate traveller and is particularly on the increase with British millennials. With people wanting to make the most of precious time and money, business or pleasure is very much a thing of the past.
ABTA reports that 46 per cent of us are planning a city break in 2019. That makes them the top holiday choice (with beach breaks close behind at at 44 per cent). Because of cheaper flights and greater flexibility, bite-sized travel and city breaks will be a popular choice for 2019. And where will we be heading? Top city destinations include Ammam in Jordan which is renowned for its warm hospitality, and Durban, which has beautiful beaches and is a great place to set off on safari.
Flexible and personalised travel was a big trend in 2018, and that’s set to continue. People are increasingly choosing holidays packages for value for money and consumer protection. Alongside that, consumers want to tailor their packages with more personalised travel.
With the new Package Travel Regulations that came in on 1 July 2018, more travel arrangements can become packages – even an expedition to Everest base camp. If the services are booked together at the same time, a bespoke trip can have the same protection and reassurances of a package.
Health and wellbeing
As life becomes even busier and more fast paced, travel breaks that reduce stress and help us to slow down are great for a good work-life balance. The wellness travel industry is enormous (it’s worth an estimated $639 million) and is expected to grow at twice the rate of general tourism this year. So spa breaks, yoga retreats and time spent off grid, will be popular choices.
With its rainforests, volcanoes and beaches, Costa Rica is a tropical paradise and world leader in conservation. And with more and more travellers conscious of responsible travel, it’s sure to be a hot spot this year.
A great place to visit all year round, Plovdiv has gorgeous countryside, good value beaches and skiing, and beautiful historic cities. On top of that, Bulgaria becomes European Capital of Culture this year.
Known for its mild climate and natural countryside, Madeira is now appealing to a new group of travellers. The island is great for adventure and activity holidays, so mountain bikers and climbers are set to enjoy its beautiful landscapes.