If Instagram is any indication, everyone with an iPhone and a dream is out and about traveling the world. Curious about what’s happening across the globe? Check out these trends that are proving there are many ways to travel. And travel right.
Remember that saying – “Why don’t you take a picture it’ll last longer?” Well, roughly 30 years after the catch phrase became an official thing, posting pictures is a thing that could potentially carry some perks for the travel-savvy adventurer. Social media, for all intents and purposes, has become quite the marketing and advertising wave. In fact, some people have taken this travel trend to the ultimate level and have entered the world of travel blogging. Nearly fully-funded trips where bloggers and vloggers who have become influencers in their own right, are asked to vacation in exotic locales, just so they can post about it and their followers can feel like they are a part of it. Sponsors expect those followers to spread the word and/or book their next vacation there. Even if you’re not lucky enough to sustain a full-time career out of traveling the world, there are plenty of options for benefits! Certain places offer all kinds of discounts for the average explorer who posts things on Facebook, Instagram, Yelp –or Foursquare, which is entirely dedicated to help people find the perfect destinations. So, yes, take a picture. Then post it. And tag away. In the digital age those pictures last a VERY long time.
Somewhere in between the luxury hotel and the backpacker’s hostel is the boutique hotel. These kitschy finds are brilliant for the traveler who likes to enjoy life in their own way. Forgo the fussy, formal and overpriced hotels and massive all-inclusive island resorts. Opt instead for the reasonably-priced quaint hotel. Although prices can vary depending upon location, it’s the uniqueness of experience that sets this trend apart. Many boutique hotels encourage relaxation time. They specialize in comfort; and in-house restaurants –from the food and wine, to over-the-top hospitality make each dining experience special. Independent, simplified and stylish, boutique hotels offer a contemporary experience for the modern traveler. In fact many owner/operators pride themselves on having come from outside of the hospitality industry. All over the world, these tiny hotels are springing up. Experienced travelers are opting for the tiny and unique over the larger family-filled franchises. If you’re looking to experience something extraordinary, make sure you follow your passion –like the people who actually built their own boutique hotel have done.
This year, it’s not just about the what, it’s about the where. Polar travel is taking off. With climate change acting as the underlying basic travel concept, adventurers are taking this travel trend to the next level. Instead of visiting the usual spots, these travelers are opting for more remote destinations. Some of the most inhospitable places on earth are being visited! Tourists are rushing to this corner of the earth before climate change alters these sites forever. Cruises traversing the Northwest Passage from Alaska to the Atlantic and remote Norwegian territory is peaking. Summer temperatures are an indicator that more travelers will continue with this trend. Antarcticans are adjusting to a new way of life and camps are currently being fitted with amenities. You can even expect a new luxury mega-yacht in August 2018.
Whether you’re a seasoned explorer or just getting started, now is the opportunity to see the world now like never before.
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