Overall, 2013 was a great year for the travel industry with a higher average of travelers and much more interest for individuals getting back out there to explore the world. With technology quickly evolving, 2013 was a year that introduced and reinvented the way we travel from the way we book, way we travel, to the way we order room service. Now that we have entered 2014, the travel industry is already looking promising and is guaranteed to continue bringing us fabulous new improvements. Here are a few of the biggest travel trends to keep your eyes out for during 2014!
Since travel became more relevant mostly within the United States in 2013, professionals are predicting that 2014 will be the year of international travel. Some of the countries that are likely to be the most popular visited spots are South America, India, and China.
Pinterest is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to plan vacations for 2014. The site has incorporated new travel inspiration boards which have quickly boosted these travel planning tools. Hotels have started to launch Pinterest tools that help guests organize complete itineraries at their destinations, as well as providing them with special deals and promotions.
Over the past couple years, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have helped hotels and resorts offer many travel advantages to customers in the means of promotions and discounts on accommodations and airfare. Companies have also incorporated social media hotlines in order to communicate better with their customers. However, in 2014, we will start seeing something new – booking. It will become increasingly more popular to actually be able to book an entire vacation just through a social media site.
For 2014, US Customs and Border Protection and the TSA are continuing trying to incorporate new ways to make traveling safer and easier. TSA Pre-check has had a great success and will continue to become more and more prominent within the airports. Keep an eye out for new and improved passport kiosks, more advanced online pre-check initiatives, and shorter security lines due to improved, advanced security screenings being put into place.
2014 is the year we will be starting to see new, innovative in flight changes to accommodate travelers’ comfort and needs. Many airlines are looking at ways to upgrade their in-flight experience, starting with providing more spacious seating arrangements. More airlines will also be introducing in flight Wi-Fi and personal audio and TV sets. JetBlue is even launching a new premium cabin with lie down seats so you will never have to complain about not being able to nap on a flight again.
Which travel trend do you hope to see the most? Let us know below!