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With travel ramping up again in 2022, numerous trends are emerging that will shape the travel industry this year. While there are some things that are staying the same, we can expect a few unusual trends this year. 

Whether you are getting a private jet charter or flying around the world, here are the travel trends you should keep your eyes on. 

Slow Travel 

While holidays like Contiki Tours and similar services are still popular, travellers are leaning into adventure travel and slow travel more this year. People want to enjoy where they are, take their time, and feel like they don’t have to rush. 

Too often, holidaymakers feel like travelling is a bit of a chore. You make yourself wake up early to ensure you do and see everything you want to that day. You can feel rushed and end up thinking you didn’t really experience any of it entirely; that is changing this year. 

Travellers are moving away from popular destinations and are choosing lesser-known spots instead. People want to get away from the loud tourist hotspots and enjoy something more secluded and away from the hustle and bustle. 

This is why the face of popular destinations is changing. Spots that were once seen as too rural or disconnected are seeing more visitors. While that may sound counter-intuitive, there are tens of thousands of these places all over the world. 

Trains 

Trains were once the go-to mode of transport for going on holiday back in the day. With the advent of air travel and cars, trains lost a ton of popularity due to being slow and sometimes not all that comfortable. 

However, more and more companies are refurbishing old steam trains and turning them into hotels on tracks. Now, more holidaymakers choose trains as a unique way to see countries and travel. 2022 is set to be a big year for train travel. 

Hostels 

Hostels have always been the choice of travellers looking to spend as little as possible on accommodation. Students and backpackers have been using them for years, but they are quickly growing in popularity across the board. 

People are looking to spend their money on experiences and things and not spend their money on a hotel room where they will just be sleeping. 

Working Holidays 

Workcations have been the choice of few people over the years, as many of us are stuck in an office. However, with the recent changes we have seen and the rise of working from home, workcations are now for everyone. 

Individuals and companies now see they don’t have to be in an office to be productive, and people choose exotic destinations over their home office for their workation

More Options 

Travellers are expanding their destination choices now more than ever. While the world is more accessible than it has ever been before, people still choose to avoid certain areas in the world for various reasons. 

However, that is changing as people’s views on countries change. Areas such as Central Africa, the Middle East and Northern Asia are all seeing rises in tourism, and more and more people want to find out what these less popular areas have to offer. 

Tech Detox Holidays 

While workcations are on the rise, tech detox holidays are becoming just as popular. Tourists want to get away from their phones and computers and spend quality time with themselves or with loved ones. 

While this doesn’t necessarily mean people are finding completely off-grid spots, it means travellers don’t want to feel forced to stay connected and be in contact. 

Mental Health Holidays 

Mental health is more important than it has ever been, and tourists are using holidays and getaways as a way to improve their mental health. Wellness holidays have always been a thing, but they haven’t always been that popular. 

However, that is changing, with people now making an effort to go away for a weekend or a few days and use it as a way to reset their minds and bodies and come back to reality fresher than they were before they left. 

Travellers Supporting Locals 

Travellers are becoming more aware of how they can help the locals who live where they are visiting. They are making more effort to support these locals, eating at their restaurants, supporting their small business etc. 

This is a change that extends into being more eco-friendly as well, with travellers wanting to ensure they leave a positive footprint on their destination, as opposed to an exploitative one. 

These are only a few of the trends we will be seeing this year, but they are shaping up to be the biggest. The face of travel has changed rather drastically over the past couple of years. Who knows what the next few years will bring? 

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