2016 is upon us – well, actually, it’s rapidly accelerating toward summer already – where does the time go? I’m guessing all the hours spent in airports might account for the wasted time, but I digress. With the year rapidly passing us by – and in light of recent events – it’s important to watch the predicted travel trends for the year.
Travel trends that have the industry buzzing
People always want to know what the next “Big Thing” will be, right? Each year we like to stamp the history book with “The Year of [insert cultural reference]” as a summation of the years happenings. And more than looking back on a year fondly, we like predicting the future. If last year was the year of “this”, then next year will be the year of “what”?
What does the data say for 2016?
There is no shortage of claims about trends in the travel industry each year. These days, many look to sites like TripAdvisor to keep a check on the pulse of what’s good and bad in the travel industry. Take for example their latest TripBarometer study. In their post 6 Key Travel Trends for 2016 they highlight the findings of the global study. You could go read the whole study, or you could look below for a visual of the highlights, provided by Hudson News.
Do you think the data accurately represents your travel desires and expectations?
2016 Travel Trends:
- You’re looking for new experiences you can’t have at home.
- You don’t have a problem spending more for a “worthy” experience.
- You choose your destinations for the culture, and also the hotel deals.
- If there isn’t AC and WiFi – Peace out!
- The law of supply and demand leads to…room rates are going up.
- Travel brands are listening. More than ever they care what their customers are sayings, and experiencing.
Make travel an experience
In my opinion, “travel” is an empty word, unless you make your travels about experiencing a new culture. In all of my years, I’ve never gone to a new destination and thought “I wonder where the closest McDonald’s is located? And I can’t wait to take a lackluster selfie with the Mona Lisa while I drink my Starbucks!” Rather, I want to know, “Where is the best local food served, and what should I order?” I like to live like a local, saving the “tourist” things for internet exploring. I’m not saying you shouldn’t do those things if they make you happy, but you might be missing out on more memorable experiences.
No one wants to hear about how you stood in line for hours to see the Mona Lisa when they could hear about the friends you made during a stop at a random bar and the nickname your new friends gave you in the process. Those are the stories that make people want to stick around!
Spend that Moolah
It may surprise you to hear people continue to spend money on travel, regardless of the media’s coverage of global events. Today’s climate does make traveling a concerning proposition, but that is how the bad guys want you to feel.
“To that I say: foo-y, I’ve seen a bit of the world, and it’s no scarier than going to a movie in Colorado and probably safer than attending a Trump rally. The key is to be aware of your surroundings and have the know-how to remove yourself from a situation. The rest is in the hands of fate.”
In fact, survey respondents said the opposite – they plan on spending more this year – and for the best reason, “because I or my family deserve it.” I love this reason, and I think it should be everyone’s “go-to” when asked why they travel. And, of course, because you want to experience the diversity that planet Earth and its inhabitants have to offer.
The Moral of the Story
Go, see the world! Try new things. And don’t worry about if it scares you – that’s good – it means you are opening yourself up to a life-changing experience. If you aren’t sure where to start for your 2016 travel plans, use Hudson News’ 2016 Travel Trends infographic as a guide to get your creative juices flowing.