As 2018 comes to a close, next year’s travel plans are on everyone’s minds. We’re sure some of you know where you’re going, but have you thought about how you’ll be traveling? If you haven’t, don’t worry — that’s where we come in. We’ve crunched the numbers: our community’s search, booking, and wishlist habits point to six travel trends that’ll define the way we see the world next year. Read on to discover the hottest ways to travel in 2019.
1. Take tried and true trips: rediscover the classics
The hits are hits for a reason — and it’s getting even easier to see them. In 2019, we’ll see more iconic landmarks and must-see sights put technology to work. This means that algorithms and skip-the-line ticketing will make waiting in line a thing of the past. And with all that time saved visiting the Eiffel Tower or the Colosseum, we’ll discover new ways to see old favorites. So take that Segway tour and make reservations for the nearest moonlit cruise — they’re a guaranteed good time.
2. Make more out of less: all hail the micro-itinerary
Longer hours, busier lives — but we’re traveling more than ever. How does that work? Thanks to flexible working hours, cheaper short-haul flights, and last-minute booking apps, 2019 will see us making every minute count. This means shorter trips to more destinations and packing in as much as possible. Think weekends in Barcelona, evenings in Amsterdam, and even layovers you can look forward to. So leave those messages on read and don’t even bother with an OOO, you’ll be back before you know it.
3. Embrace the journey within: rediscover yourself
For many of us, travel is a break from our day-to-day lives. And boy, are those lives busy. Between work, meetups, the gym, friends, partners, and family, our schedules are packed. This is why we’ve welcomed mindfulness into our lives: slow food, tech detoxes, and conscious minimalism when it comes to what we keep. Next year, travel will get the same treatment. Whether it’s soaking the stress away or learning a new skill, we want to come back from vacation feeling renewed. This year, we’re going to get more out of our trips. So leave daily life behind and head for the hills — you’ll be better for it.
4. Travel like you mean it: get socially conscious
Let’s face it: we’re always online. The morning commute? Podcasts. Your lunch break? Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Evenings? Netflix and whatever else you can get your hands on. We’re constantly consuming media — which means we’re in “the know” every minute of every day. But with more connectivity comes more accountability than ever before. After all, posting on social media holds a mirror to the choices we make. As a result, we’re more aware of the impact our travel has on communities, wildlife, and the environment. In 2019, tours with a purpose will be on the rise. If we can’t leave a place better than we found it, we definitely don’t want to leave it worse off.
5. Travel back in time: take nostalgic trips
Breaking news: the modern world can be a little bit much. Turbulent politics, changing climates, and technology move at lightning speed. It makes us wish for simpler times — back when people sent letters to stay in touch and steam engines were considered fast. To slow things down and take a break from the headlines, we’ll seek solace from modern-day chaos in the comforts and stories of the past. So go ahead: journey to your roots, get a bit old-fashioned, and take a trip back in time.
6. Go it alone: foster your independent side
2019 is all about embracing independence and you know, “doing you.” This is part of a social shift in how we view independence and personal freedom. Plus, social media, flexible work schedules, and the fact that a lot of us are staying single for longer make solo travel ideal. Seeing the world on your own encourages creativity, fosters independence, and gives you the time (and space) to really get to know yourself. So document your trip for your loved ones back home or take a group trek if you’re feeling sociable. Either way, it’s travel on your own terms.
How will you travel in 2019?
Do one (or more!) of these trends ring true for you? If you simply can’t decide what kind of trips you should take this year, head over to our quiz and we’ll point you in the right direction.