- The rise of the ‘mini trip‘
It could be the combination of longer daily working hours or the increased accessibility to travel but it seems travelers are reporting that they plan to take more weekend trips in 2019. Thanks to improvements in flight routes, transport, cheap flights, on-demand car rentals and accommodation, micro trips will become increasingly more popular and varied.
- The Caribbean continues to bounce back in a big way.
Many of the Caribbean islands hit by Hurricane Irma and Maria are well on way on their way to recovery by now. As islands like Puerto Rico used reconstruction efforts to improve infrastructure and upgrade or retool their tourist experiences, you can expect the Caribbean to be a top destination in 2019.
Adding fuel to this fire is the fact that there are more American flights to the Caribbean than ever before, so for consumers, especially those living in smaller cities like Charlotte, Denver or Boston, this means that access to the Caribbean is easier than ever before. And depending on where you are going, this could mean cheaper flights.
- Eco-travel and eco-tourism
Green travel is not a new concept. Booking.com predicts millennials and Gen Z travelers will look for sustainable experiences in their destination choices in the new year, while accommodation providers will look to reduce their plastic usage and increase their sustainable credentials.
A staggering 86 per cent of global travelers reportedly told the vacation company they would be willing to spend some time on activities that offset the environmental impact of their stay, with over 37 per cent willing to clear plastic and litter from a beach or other tourist attraction.
- Conscious travel
Many global travelers agree that traveling has taught them invaluable life skills, and 2019 should likely see a rise in people’s desire to learn something new while on vacation.
Travel with experiences at its core was one of 2018’s major travel trends but 2019 will take it even further, according to Booking.com. Almost two thirds of travelers (60 per cent) value experiences higher than material possessions, now which will mean 2019 will see travelers packing in many different and authentic experiences – including volunteering, hiking or learning a new skill.
- Thanks to low-cost airlines, Hawaii will be even more accessible than before
A five hour flight from the West Coast, Hawaii has always been a bucket list destination. But this past year thanks to the entrance of low cost carriers into the market, ticket prices from the mainland will continue to drop. Think less than $500 from the East Coast or the Midwest. Set up a price alert with a tracking app like Hopper and get ready to jump on flights!