As we begin a new decade, it appears that we are also beginning a new way of travelling. Crowded tourist spots are being traded in for lesser-known, unfamiliar destinations, while the actual method of travelling is also taking on a new meaning. Tourists are flying less and looking for more meaningful experiences, while travel operators are increasingly expected to strive for better options without compromising on quality.
Whether you usually prefer a quick city trip or a sunny beach getaway, you might be pleasantly surprised by the biggest vacation trends in 2020.
Take your pooch
Dogs are considered another member of the family, so why leave them at home while you’re all taking a vacation? Taking a beloved pet on holiday is becoming a lot more common these days simply because it’s now a lot easier. Many hotels and accommodation options are beginning to understand the need to cater for four-legged travellers, and it is increasingly easy to travel with pets on public transport – provided that they are well behaved and have the necessary vaccinations and paperwork if needed. Just remember to check in with your vet before you go and take enough food to cover you for the duration of the holiday, plus an extra week in case of emergencies.
The rise in DNA testing has led to many people seeking out experiences in their ancestral countries. With more than 26 million people taking DNA tests in 2018, this type of tourism is set to be a huge trend in 2020. Airbnb has also recently partnered with DNA laboratory 23andMe with the intention of encouraging travellers to seek out their heritage and experience cultural and genetic links in person. Genealogical trips are ideal for those who love to explore new places while also learning more about themselves and the culture they are immersed in.
Pick a theme
One of the hottest trends expected to continue into 2020 is the notion of a themed vacation. This kind of holiday is ideal for those who want to learn something new or explore an existing hobby in greater depth. Horse riders could look at taking an equestrian-themed vacation in Texas, riding horses and immersing themselves in cowboy culture, while explorers could pay a visit to some of the world’s most ancient treasures, such as Stonehenge or the Pyramids. Whether you want to taste the culinary delights of Italy or experience the famed nightlife of the Bahamas, there is a themed vacation for everyone. Perhaps now would be a great time to look into cooking classes in France or skiing lessons in the Alps. The world is your oyster!
With the rise in environmental awareness comes the realisation that there are more environmentally friendly ways to travel. Instead of heading straight to the airport, 2020 will see hordes of travellers opting for the scenic route, either by train or boat. European trainline operator TGV Lyria is anticipating a 30% increase in passengers on services from Paris to other parts of Europe. Sure, train journeys might have the downside of lasting much longer than a plane journey. However, the plus side is that you have plenty of time to read, work, watch films or simply put your feet up and enjoy the view.
Getting back to nature
Our day to day lives are peppered with laptops, smartphones, tablets – even our toothbrushes come with Bluetooth these days. So, it is no wonder that many of us are feeling the urge to get away from these devices and fully immerse ourselves in nature for a short period of time. From tiny hideouts in the trees to deserted beaches with no electricity, there are a number of holiday companies offering the full digital detox experience in some of the most beautiful locations on earth. The rise in global awareness means that the nature of vacations is changing, but as you can see, it is moving in a very positive direction. With more people returning to nature and getting to know their roots, 2020 is set to be a fun-filled year for holiday-makers.