It’s the beginning of a new year, and many of us are already considering our vacation options for 2019. Whether you are an enthusiastic traveler or a professional in the tourism industry, it’s beneficial to be aware of the most current trends. With that said, here are our top four travel trends for 2019:
Mini vacations and unique accommodations
Call them what you want; mini vacations, micro trips or staycations, but these types of shorter getaways are becoming more and more popular. Many people are now opting for a series of less-stressful shorter trips spread throughout the year, rather than one long vacation. This trend has led to an increased popularity of unique accommodations. One local example of this are the Free Spirit Spheres in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. These spheres are nestled in the coastal rainforest, suspended in the trees. Spend a weekend staying in one of these spheres and you will feel more relaxed and connected with nature, while also getting a one-of-a-kind experience. Another example would be the new Pangea pod hotel in Whistler, located right in the heart of the village. The pod hotel is an affordable option for those who would rather spend more money on their adventures over the weekend and less on their lodging costs.
As you would expect, technology continues to have an impact on travel, just as it does for almost every aspect of life. You can use an app to book your flight for the best price possible, book a hotel or Airbnb, find your way around a new city and even track your luggage. There are even apps that will act as a digital tour guide, providing information about local landmarks using GPS to track your location. Staying on top of technology trends in travel is a smart move for any traveler, as it can make your vacation go a lot more smoothly. Tourism professionals should also be aware of these developments, in order to run their business most efficiently and provide the best possible service to clients.
Health and wellness continues to be of high importance to many people as a part or whole of their vacation plans. In BC alone, there are endless options to choose from, whether they be yoga retreats, mental health getaways, fitness bootcamps or luxurious spas. We are blessed to be surrounded by so much beautiful coastline, and tourism entrepreneurs have made the best of it, offering their services through gorgeous ocean front cabins, hotels and yurts.
Travelling can be about more than just escaping from your daily grind to lie by the pool and drink cocktails. Nowadays, many people are choosing to use their vacation as a chance to learn something new, through volunteering, overseas skills workshops, cultural exchanges or international work placements. Some popular types of trips that can help you learn and build new skills include photography tours, food tours or tours that educate on local history, customs or art. Take a trip that is as rewarding as it is enjoyable!