The Top Travel Trends of 2018

With 2018 winding to a close and people already booking vacations well into 2019, traveling and finding the best destinations to travel to is a hot topic.

Gone are the days where travelers merely want beach fun, shopping, and typical site seeing attractions; holiday-goers yearn for more out of their vacations, to help them escape their mundane daily and weekly work routines.

Thinking about booking a holiday adventure soon? Below are some of the top buzzworthy trips that were trending this year.

1. It’s All About Wellness

There’s a new era in travel that has emerged in 2018, and it’s one that focuses on wellbeing and health. Spas and resorts don’t necessarily focus on treatments only nowadays, rather, they are creating a transformation that springboards vacationers into a higher-being of health, where a story of before and after is told. In a world where many are bombarded with bad news, stress, and social media negativity, resorts and cruises are creating enhancements to their spa packages to offer a variety of options to help vacationers learn how to eat healthier, with tips on true relaxation.

In addition, health and wellness destinations in the form of spa safaris and yoga retreats are an entity of their own in the travel world, offering specific activities to generate a positive impact on someone’s physical, emotional, and mental state.

A fine example is Six Senses Bhutan luxury resort, with locations popping up throughout the United States, Hong Kong, Germany, and other international locations, that offers vacation-goers an opportunity to refocus and reconnect within a natural environment to truly understand what really matters during a holiday; a chance to really relax.

oleh slobodeniuk / Getty Images

2. Out-Of-The-Box Family Vacations

Remember when you and your family use to pile into a car and hit the open road for vacations? It was fun at first, but it took a toll on everyone after day three. Today’s families still yearn for travel and the opportunity to bond outside of the home; however, the concept and look of the modern-day family (and the holidays they take) has changed.

As per an AAA Travel Survey, about 88 million people in the U.S. will pack up their families to head out on vacation this year, with one in four families expected to take more than one trip over the next 12 months. Families today may want the typical beach vacation, with sight-seeing in between, but they’re also looking for a little adventure, and a true taste of local experiences in the mix, too. In fact, international travel is on the rise for families with the top five destinations forecasted as Cancun, Mexico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Rome, Italy; and Dublin, Ireland.

In addition, it also seems that the travel industry has become very aware of the fact that not all families look the same, and there is an increase in holiday needs for solo parents.

Virgin Holidays has a new pricing program that is geared for single parents who want to travel with their kids, and Intrepid Travel recently launched one-parent tours to their family vacations with destinations to Northern India, Thailand, Vietnam, Morocco, and Costa Ricco, which offers parent and kiddos a unique mix of cultural experiences with adventure and relaxation.

no_limit_pictures / Getty Images

3. Desert Escapes

While media headlines seem to indicate turmoil in the Middle East, the truth is, travel trends indicate an increase in international arrivals that surpass those of typically-popular South America and European vacations; with this growth not slowing down in the least. In fact, the region is becoming the fastest-growing travel destination worldwide, and its Palestinian territories are front-runners with an increase of just over 58 percent when it comes to international travelers.

In response to this trend, Hilton Worldwide has opened seven new hotels in Egypt, as well as Banksy, celebrated street artist, helping to open up a new Bethlehem hotel recently. Additionally, TripAdvisor recently named a Dubai full-day tour of Abu Dhabi as one of the most-popular new travel experiences with their 2018 Travel Trend Report.

Anton Petrus / Getty Images

PAGE 1 OF 2
SHARE ON

Advertisement

How to Make the Most of Your All-Inclusive Resort

For quite some time now it seems that all-inclusive resorts are all the rage. What’s not to like about them? You have pretty much everything sorted for you, from the kids’ activities to the quality fine-dining restaurants, and varied entertainment. It’s really focused on customers who don’t want to worry about any travel planning.

The 11 Best Episodes of Bourdain’s Parts Unknown

Since the untimely passing of Anthony Bourdain in June 2018, people in the food industry, as well as those who watch from the sidelines and appreciate his cooking, have been involved in a discussion about his legacy. His show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, which ran on CNN for five years, is a treasure trove of his best and most adventurous eating moments. Here are some of the best episodes that are definitely worth a re-watch.

Martial Arts Around the World

Human beings knew how to defend themselves long before guns, tanks, or military helicopters were created and used in wars. Every civilization developed some sort of martial art in the past and they’re now part of their culture.