2019 is upon us and that means a whole new year of travel trends. 2019 also means a whole new set of travel predictions, so let’s get forecasting:
Getting Off the Grid
Getting off the grid is now more achievable than ever before. Picture that safari or private island getaway you’ve always dreamed of going on. Destinations that, a few years back, seemed absolutely foreign and impossible to visit are 2019’s top itineraries. 2019 is the year to cross off bucket list destinations!
Solo Travel is Trending
Not long ago, solo leisure travel was a foreign concept. But now, one in every four Americans plan to travel alone for leisure this year. What’s the main reason for traveling solo? 61 percent travel alone to unwind and disconnect.
Cruise Lines Target Millennials
Millennials primarily started the trend of non-conventional experience, which has posed a challenge for major cruise lines. Many cruise lines’ New Year’s resolutions are to convert more Millennials to cruise-goers by creating personalized experiences. The first step several cruise lines are taking is to create all-inclusive restaurant packages, steering away from standardized all-you-can-eat buffets.
Feeding off Foodie Tours
Speaking of menu tweaks in the cruise industry, foodie experiences are becoming exceedingly more popular in 2019. From artisan chocolate tastings to craft beer tours, to fresh mozzarella making classes, 2019 is hungry for specialty culinary adventures.
Middle Ground between Economy and Business Class
Some airlines are introducing a premium economy class that offers an upgraded experience often including more legroom, wider seats, additional seat recline inches, personal entertainment screens, and larger food selections.
Boutique Travel Agents Boom
Many travel agents are honing down their expertise, offering specialized services that cater to a niche audience. The 2019 consumer is looking to find an expert that’s trained exclusively in the type of trip they’re looking to plan – whether it be for romance, business, family, or solo adventure.
Micro Travel is a Big Thing
More than half of all travelers (53 percent) plan to take more weekend trips this year than last. A trend coined “bite-sized travel” focuses on spur-of-the-moment travel just a few days at a time.
The Caribbean on a ComeBack
Although Caribbean travel slowed after Hurricane Irma and Maria, the islands are recovering quickly and are forecasted to be top destinations in 2019. Also, the number of nonstop flights from the US to the Caribbean increased by 18 percent from 2013 to 2019.
Travel Protection Peaks
Consumers are becoming more aware of the importance of travel protection, especially as regulations become stricter to have health insurance when traveling abroad. Unfortunately, about 47 percent of travelers don’t know whether their health insurance provides coverage while traveling, especially abroad. With more and more countries requiring visitors to provide proof of health coverage, travelers are purchasing travel protection plans more than ever in 2019.
To plan your 2019 excursions, contact your travel advisor, and protect your trip with a protection plan from www.travelinsured.com.