According to Luxury Travel online magazine these are some of the top trends in travel:
Tasty Travels: Culinary travel has transcended a trend to become its own niche.
Culinary experiences go beyond restaurants to encompass cooking classes, eating in private homes, Michelin-starred restaurants, farm-to-table visits and truffle hunting. When it does come to top restaurants, though, some travelers are requesting reservations at the same time they book their flights – sometimes even before.
Group Getaways: Gen X-ers, Boomers and even Matures are traveling to bond with friends and others who share their passions or are at the same life stage. Women’s travel is on the rise as well, including soft adventure trips and affluent girl getaways. Groups of couples are also traveling together, including buddymoons, where newlyweds travel with a group of friends.
EQ Encounters: Today’s traveler is seeking more profound experiences leading to increased emotional intelligence. Travelers are seeking local connections that align with their passions, such as a tasting with the owner of a local winery, a motorcycle tour or a personal shopper to guide them through the latest pop-up stores. They also want accommodations that reflect the destination – inns full of character, small neighborhood hotels and private homes.
Enjoying the Journey: According to the study, upscale travelers are using exclusive services, including meet-and-greets planeside, to avoid the stress of changing terminals, locating gates or waiting in customs lines. For example, the Private Suite at Los Angeles International Airport offers a members-only terminal where travelers are escorted through TSA screenings, driven to and from aircraft in BMWs and provided a room to relax in between flights.
In terms of destinations, Italy continues to be the global favorite, as well as the top spot for solo travelers, while slipping to second place in the honeymoon and family travel categories. Croatia heads the list of emerging destinations due to the “Game of Thrones effect” as well as its rich history and convenience to other major European hubs. Antarctica, poised for a big year, takes the top spot for adventure travel from longtime favorite South Africa (now in fourth place) and ranks number two as an emerging destination. And Greece catapulted into the top five for three categories, including the top spot for Millennials as well as second on the global destinations list and a third place for honeymoons.
Other key trends:
Multigenerational Travel- large groups of parents, kids, grandparents, aunts, uncles,...
Authenticity- Cultural immersion in local experiences & cuisine
Celebration travel- such as for birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, holidays, engagements, bachelor/bachelorette, etc...