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Experts Predict the Next Big Travel Trends

1. New ways to escape the crowds
Sven Lindblad, CEO of adventure cruise company, Lindblad Expeditions

“People are well aware there’s been a massive explosion in travel, partially driven by countries with new ability to travel. Places will be overused. So the significant trend is to find ways to get away from the excesses of tourism. People will find ways to provide that opportunity. The idea of being able to feel special is what people hunger for, not St. Mark’s Square
in the middle of the summer.”

2. Experience a slower pace on trips
Bruce Poon Tip, founder of group-tour company G Adventures

“Slower travel. We’re at this place where people book holidays and want to pack in a lot of things into shorter periods of time, but there’s a tipping point where we’re going to want slower holidays, [where we’re] not moving around as much. I think that will go very well with the more-remote-spaces trend.”

3. Order airplane food with the touch of a button
M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International

“More airlines will offer à la carte food on demand through online touchscreens. Right now it’s a big missed opportunity. It will happen and will make huge profits. I also expect more Airbnb-style options for boats and yachts.”

4. Increased tech-driven travel logistics
“‘Frictionless travel’ . . . innovation and technology have the potential to create a new golden age of travel in which passwords, check-in queues, keys, currency exchanges, roaming charges, etc. melt away, enabling travelers to get the experiences they want with less of the pain associated with travel.”

5. More trips for the over-50 contingent
Evita Robinson, founder of the Nomadness, a travel community and lifestyle brand for millennials of color

“I think it’s going to be [travel] focused on people over 50. Our trips have people from all ages in them; I’ve had 65-year-olds on my trip who will party and dance the 25-year-olds under the table!”

6. Cool hotel conference spaces
Andrew Zobler, founder of the Sydell Group, a luxury hotel brand

“I feel passionately that the larger meeting-house hotel has been really neglected by people who are creating interesting hotels. I think everyone has concentrated on smaller hotels . . . and I think the next era is basically people doing interesting things to larger hotels, so that all these young, entrepreneurial companies have a place to have their meetings.”
Published by: The AFAR Travel Vanguard 2018

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