New year, new travel adventures. According to Johnson & Wales University professor Eldad Boker, Ed.D., these are the trends you should know about before you pack your bags for vacation in 2020.
With many players entering the market of space tourism, there is increasing competition among suppliers like SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, and more to be the first one to offer commercial space travel. According to experts, 2020 could be the year that commercial space travel takes place. SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk, is even advertising out-of-this-world trips to the International Space Station (ISS)—though a seat onboard their shuttle comes at a hefty price: $52 million a person.
“Nakation,” aka clothing-optional tourism, is an increasingly popular trend in the adventure-travel space. There’s something for everyone—nude resorts, birthday suit cruises and flights, clothing-free hiking, biking, swimming, camping, canoeing, and yoga. While most nakationers fall into the 45-and-older bucket, the American Association for Nude Recreation reports that more millennials are jumping in on the trend too.
According to Pew Research Center, about 1 in 7 U.S. adults say they have used mail-in DNA tests from companies like Ancestry or 23AndMe to learn more about their heritage. Because of this, travelers are booking more and more trips in search of their roots.
There’s a new word circulating through the travel community: flygskam, which translates to “flight shame” in Swedish. The term comes from a recent movement to stop traveling by plane in order to lower carbon emissions. Greta Thunberg, a young Swedish climate activist, promotes travelers to think carefully about how often and where they fly. As a result of her campaign, about 18% of travelers in Sweden have chosen to go by train, reducing the demand for flights.
Relax and recharge on these minimalist trips, where travelers will stay in a limited-service facility as a way to complete a “digital detox.” This means no Wi-Fi or phone chargers as a way to help travelers disconnect physically and mentally.
The second-most-popular social media platform behind Facebook, Instagram has more than one billion active monthly users. Today, tourists are influenced to visit locations they see on social media, choosing destinations based on those they follow and what they post. According to National Public Radio, some destinations that were once visited only by locals are now seeing thousands of visitors a day thanks to Instagram.
Short but busy mini-vacations are all the rage, especially with millennials. According to Travel and Leisure, the fact that millennials love to travel does not mean they always jet off on long, relaxing trips. Instead, they are booking short, adventure-packed trips that allow them to enjoy many activities in a small span of time.
No matter where you decide to travel, or what you decide to do this year, have fun!
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