6 Travel Trends to Watch: How Will Tourism Change?

6 Travel Trends to Watch: How Will Tourism Change?

Holidays will undoubtedly look different when we resume travelling, both in terms of destination choices and modes of transportation. Slower-paced trips and spending quality time in fewer places will likely replace hopping from city to city on jam-packed itineraries. Of course, health and safety will take first. Lightfoot Travel’s crew gives us some insight into a year’s worth of “new” holiday inspiration in this video.

Honeymoons Delayed Attack of the Revenge Honeymooners

Those who were able to tie the knot in 2020 are likely to have had a more low-key event than expected, with the honeymoon being postponed. The good news is that revenge honeymoons are making a comeback, and with couples equipped with savings from smaller weddings, they’re now grander and more elaborate than ever. The Maldives, African safaris, and multi-country South America trips are all popular choices, but we’ve also seen more unusual combinations like Jordan and the Seychelles, Bhutan and rural Indonesia, and an Antarctic cruise combined with Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Robinson Crusoe-style vacations on private islands

People are talking about seclusion, remoteness, and solitude as they plan trips in 2022. Booking a private island is the way to go for those with the means. Our first pick is Banwa Private Island, which is located in the Philippines’ Palawan Province. The island can accommodate 22 guests in six private-pool multi-bedroom villas strewn throughout a 15-acre island where you may paddle board, get limitless spa treatments, or go scuba diving or snorkelling at the adjacent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tubbataha Reef.

Trips that are one-of-a-kind and unusual

Take a detour from the beaten path.

Get away from the crowds and see places where only a few people have been. Tourism New Zealand launched a campaign in January to encourage travellers to shun influencer-driven attractions in favour of less touristic regions (#dosomethingnewnz), and we think it’s a great idea. Why not travel to the unspoiled southern islands near Koh Rong instead of the well-trodden Ankor Wat trail in Cambodia? Do you want to dodge the thousands of visitors flocking to Kenya to see the Great Migration? Visit Namibia, a lesser-known country with distinctive desert-adapted fauna and the hauntingly gorgeous Skeleton Coast. Now is the time to plan something entirely out of the ordinary, from the jungles of Papua New Guinea to Mongolia’s far western country of the eagle hunters.

Journeys by Private Jet

Travel with convenience and flexibility

With aircraft delays and cancellations becoming all too often these days, private jet travel has becoming increasingly popular. You may almost completely avoid immigration lines and cut your pre-departure wait time in half. While chartering a jet is not inexpensive, there are several alternatives based on the destination, length of the vacation, and number of guests, and flights may be personalised to fit a variety of budgets. If flying aboard a private aircraft is something you’ve always wanted to do, now is the time to do it.

Self-Driving Vacations

Take to the highway!

Once you’ve returned to some semblance of routine after your vacation, there’s no better time to avoid the airports, appreciate the slow life, and embark on that epic road trip. Prior to, trips were frequently rushed, with travellers wishing to spend as little time as possible going from point A to point B. When given the choice between a peaceful scenic drive and a domestic trip, more and more individuals are opting for the beautiful drive to avoid the lines, health checks, and delays that come with air travel. Wide-open roads and a road-trip culture are great for self-drive itineraries throughout Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and North America.

Holidays with Multi-Generational Families

Family reunions that have been long overdue

If you live in Hong Kong, you probably spent 2020 apart from your extended family. If you’re lucky enough to have relatives nearby, chances are you spent most of your time together last year at home or with fewer relevant new experiences. Looking ahead to 2022, we’re seeing an increase in demand for family-friendly vacations. Private villas in Sri Lanka, Greece, and Phuket are in high demand, especially during the Easter, summer, October half-term, and Christmas vacations, when families can escape for a longer length of time.

We’ve observed an upsurge in multi-generational safari trips for families with older children, in addition to exclusive villa escapes.

Families are more aware than ever before of the importance of those once-in-a-lifetime moments with relatives after a year of missed occasions and celebrations.

Lightfoot Travel is a luxury tour operator that specialises in customising trips to places across the globe. Visit lightfoottravel.com to plan your vacation or phone 2815 0068 to speak with a destination consultant.

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