Revenge-cation, flex-cation, anywhere-cation. Travelling is back and these travel trends offer more ways than ever to discover the globe.
1/ Focus on Sustainability
The modern conscious traveller is looking for balance on their next trip. They seek ways to give back to the destination, helping to protect the planet as well as enjoy a relaxing vacation. Think volunteering for a beach cleanup.
2/ Leisure, but make it wellness
Luxury is being redefined, whether it is pampering yourself at an infrared sauna, focusing on preventative health, getting out in nature or soothing tired muscles through mindful movement at a retreat.
3/ Culinary Travel
The market for food related travel is expected to grow by $126 billion between now and 2027. This includes an integration of cultural and culinary events, food festivals, culinary ‘trails’ and cooking classes – get ready to eat!
4/ Go Off-Season
Many global destinations are beginning to recognize the effect of over-tourism (think crowded Europe during the summer). Travelling during the off-season is a win-win for destinations and travellers, no crowds for you, but all the economic benefits for the local market.
5/ Planning With New Rules in Mind
Planning a jaunt to Europe this Fall? Come November 23 2023, Canadian citizens will be required to complete a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) application before boarding any aircraft, sea carrier, or coach vehicle headed for or connecting through Europe and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. So, plan ahead before packing your bags. on
6/ Rethink the Stop Over
A long layover at the airport can be a drag, that’s why airport lounges are the go-to for the savvy traveller. More and more travellers are relying on lounges to make a layover or airport wait more comfortable.
Headquartered in Hong Kong, with 250 locations in more than 70 international airports across the world, Plaza Premium is accessible to a variety of flyers, regardless of flight class.
At Toronto Pearson (Terminal 3), the small lounge offers fresh meals, snacks, beverages, comfy lounge chairs, seating area with tables (great for families), and flight information displays to guests.
7/ Unexpected Activities in Familiar Destinations
Yes, you can surf in the Caribbean: In St. Maarten head to Plumb Bay or Galion Beach; In Barbados, opt for Surfer’s Point if you’re starting out and only experts should attempt Soup Bowl; Encuentro and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic; then there’s Rincon in Puerto Rico; Try your hand at Boston Bay in Jamaica.
Other ideas including hiking in Hong Kong (yes, it’s more than just a city destination) or wild swimming in Ireland.
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This original article first appeared in the Spring 2023 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.
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