All we knew for sure in 2016 was we wanted it to be over. Well, it’s 2017 now and it’s time to take a look at what the world of travel holds for us in this brand new year.
- A third of American adults are up for taking more time off in 2017, compared to last year. One of the trends you can expect is more “last-chance” trips to places that are on the brink thanks to climate change. Womp, womp.
- 2017 could be a year of changes when it comes to travel. Check out this article that lays out what you’ll see different in airplanes, airports, theme parks and hotels.
- Vogue says “transformational travel” will be the hot travel trend this year. They define it as, “travel motivated and defined by a shift in perspective, self-reflection and development, and a deeper communion with nature and culture.” Read more about this zen trend here.
- Other things you’ll see in 2017: lower airfares (but higher added on fees), continued growth of Airbnb type lodging, and bargains to Europe (so long as the euro continues its struggles).
Overall, 2015 was a pretty good year for travel. Let’s take a peek at what’s on the horizon for 2016.
- The top 10 travel trends for next year were just released. They include more travel to Cuba, more “bleisure” trips and higher demands for free WiFi.
- Another set of predictions includes higher hotel room rates and extra surcharges, more/better loyalty programs and record setting numbers of travelers.
- Travel to Europe is expected to keep going strong, despite the problems in Paris and Brussels, a refugee crisis and travel warnings.
- Airfares dipped in 2015 and flyers in 2016 can expect to keep on saving.( If you’re traveling within Europe, prices are crazy low.)
- If you’re flying to one of these 6 worldwide destinations though, get ready to pay more, mostly due to higher demand.
- For hoteliers, 2016 is expected to bring a greater focus on their mobile game, social media engagement and social media advertising (sorry businesses, you can’t escape social media!).
It’s almost June! If you haven’t planned a summer vacation yet, it’s time to start exploring your options.