Top Travel Trends For 2019
It might seem like everyone you knew was in Bali last year. And looking into the new year, my 2019 prediction is that travel will continue to boom. Whether it’s the flood of low cost airlines into new markets or the Instagram effect…we’ll never know.
But one thing is for sure, travel is all about tailored experiences in 2019. Here’s my rundown of the top trends for the new year from Caribbean trips to ecotourism initiatives.
- The Caribbean continues to bounce back in a big way.
“Striking a balance between celebrating the natural surroundings and creating a stunning environment will be an interesting juxtaposition we feel we’ll increasingly see more of in 2019,” said James Cabourne, owner of Paradise Beach in St. Kitts and Nevis.
These business practices run the gamut from fully sustainable boutique hotels to resorts that are going green with one aspect of their operations.
- Boutique travel agencies will continue to boom, offering unique tailored trips around the world.
Millennials are known for wanting unique experiences. And as companies increasingly continue to cater to them, the industry is seeing more travel agencies offering off-the-beaten track itineraries.
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 Kayak or Airfarewatchdog and get ready to pounce when prices get low.
- While interest in tropical islands like Sri Lanka and Bali continues to grow exponentially, some travelers opt for smaller, remote islands.
Destinations like Bali, Indonesia and Sri Lanka are the go-to beach escape for those looking for some adventure along with their lounging. But as interest in them continues to grow, others are starting to look for escapes to less traveled places. According to Pinterest, searches for less-traveled islands are up 179%.
- Solo travel continues to gain interest.
The concept of solo travel continues to grow. Fueled by the need to explore at your own pace, the idea is no longer niche. And as we look into 2019, it’s only expected to grow more; according to a study by Travel Leaders Group, 36% of respondents said that their future travels would include at least in part one solo trip.
For some fun suggestions for solo travel, like checking out Costa Rica’s beaches or Singapore’s culture, here’s a great list of recommendations.
Based in Lebanon, I cover travel and personal finance topics for millennials. I’ve lived in four countries on three continents and am committed to a life of adventure.