For those with a strong wanderlust, it’s important to keep up with the latest travel trends, especially if you want to get the most out of your next holiday.
So, here are five travel trends to watch in 2017:
5. The Birth Of “Bleisure”
Some say to never mix business with leisure, but when it comes to the travel industry, “bleisure” trips are becoming all the rage. The term has been used across the web to describe travelers who are rejecting the notion of all work and no play and instead adding in some valuable vacation time to their business trips.
If fact, a survey of international travelers by BridgeSteet Global Hospitality shows that 60% of respondents have participated in “bleisure”, often adding two or more vacation days to end their business trips.
So, the next time you are finding your business trip hard to bear, don’t be afraid to throw a little leisure into the mix and enjoy some time for yourself.
4. Going Mobile
In today’s fast-paced world, time is money. Fortunately, the convenience of mobile apps means that trips can be wholly planned in advance and travelers can stay connected for their entirety, without a second wasted.
According to Somo, a mobile marketing specialist: “30 million people search for travel information via mobile devices each month”. Other key points from Somo’s studies indicate that over 60% of consumers make purchases for air travel and hotel stays on mobile devices and that travelers crave constant content on the go.
With everything readily available in the palm of your hand, it’s wise to tap into the rise of mobile apps and content to make both your next trip and your life much easier.
3. Flexible Check In/Out Times
Isn’t it frustrating when you arrive at your hotel ready to start your holiday only to find that you won’t be able to check in for several hours? It’s also perfectly reasonable to want to relax in your room on your last vacation day without getting the boot before noon.
Well, much to the delight of weary travelers, “a 24-hour check-in/check-out policy is a welcome new trend emerging in hotels across the globe”, according to Yahoo Travel.
While many hotels have been offering a flexible check-in/out option to VIPs for years, more and more hotels are jumping on the flex check bandwagon and providing the amenity to all guests in order to stand out in the market. That sounds like a good thing to us.
2. Rise Of Airbnb
With ever-rising hotel costs, travelers are always on the lookout for more affordable accommodation options. Accordingly, room sharing platforms like Airbnb are on the rise, especially when any room becomes a possible vacancy.
As it turns out, Airbnb has already taken over a large slice of hotel room supply in metropolitan areas such as London and New York, and we could even see Airbnb overtake major hotel chains in guest bookings by the end of 2017.
It’s important to remember, however, that health and safety regulations aren’t applied to Airbnb hosts as strictly as they are to hotels, which is why only a small percentage of Airbnbs are currently used for business travel. Still, when it comes to leisure travel, the more options the better.
1. “Experiential” Travel
For many tourists, simply seeing the sights is no longer enough, and ‘experiential” travel continues to be the hot topic in the travel industry. For 2017, it’s all about experiencing the essence of a destination by fully connecting with its history, people and customs.
Accordingly, travelers are increasingly seeking unusual holidays that offer cultural immersion and provide authentic, exciting experiences. Even better is that the travel industry as a whole seems to be responding to the demand, with many businesses adapting their offerings to provide guests with more hands-on experiences.
We’re all for it and suggest that the next time you travel… try something experiential.