With New Year’s resolutions still fresh in mind, and a few months before things get warmer across most of the United States, it’s an excellent time to start planning your 2020 travels – if you haven’t already. And with the travel industry changing seemingly by the day, keeping abreast of the current trends can help to expand your horizons, and possibly put you on track to visit a destination or two that you may never have considered before.
Read on for our top seven travel trends for 2020, which include several ways to uncover hidden gems, follow in your ancestors’ footsteps, and settle into a more relaxed traveling rhythm.
The Trend: Multi-destination wildlife encounters
For most travelers, visiting a destination with exotic and spectacular wildlife ranks as a highly anticipated event. In order to get the most out of their travel dollars, travelers are beginning to seek out trips that offer a few different wildlife experiences on one itinerary, giving a well-rounded overview of several destinations (and a wealth of Instagram-worthy photo opportunities).
As travelers become more conscious of their effects on the culture and environment of their destinations, some folks will opt to skip the famous sites in favor of somewhere equally alluring yet less crowded. The benefit here is threefold: less stress on over-traveled areas, a positive impact on the economy in a less-heralded spot, and a less hurried (and more authentic) experience for you, the visitor.
The last few years have seen a rise in services like Ancestry.com and 23andMe, which use your family history and DNA to provide a report of your ancestors’ homelands and life stories. Armed with this information, or simply the knowledge passed down through family members, many travelers are planning trips to their ancestral homelands to reconnect with their heritage.
This trend is simultaneously easy to understand and difficult to engineer. To truly experience and begin to understand another culture, it’s vital that travelers seek out experiences beyond the standard museum/landmark/postcard lookout. At Odysseys, we pride ourselves on offering opportunities for these moments during home-hosted meals, local cooking classes, arts demonstrations, and more. You’ll find these experiences included on most every Odysseys tour, as we strive to make your trip as memorable as possible.
The Trend: Slow Europe
A vacation, at its most basic, should be an escape from daily life. But the truth is that sometimes, travelers over-book themselves in a bid to see every single thing that they can, and end a trip more frazzled and tired than when they started. The remedy? Slow Europe, where trips are based on the idea of truly absorbing a relatively small area, rather than seeing just the highlights.
Odysseys trips that fit the bill:
Sicily in Depth, a 12-day trip through the atmospheric toe of Italy’s boot; and Burgundy Barging, a leisurely barge cruise through the idyllic canals of Burgundy.
The Trend: City Loops
Of course, many travelers may only visit a certain country once, and want to make the most of their time there. Hence the rise of the “city loop,” where travelers hit all the relatively important cities in a country, or in one area of a larger nation. By visiting a number of bustling population centers, where a variety of cultures and demographics collide, travelers can experience the breadth and depth of a country in one dynamic trip.