The new decade brings us several new travel trends, making our holidays even more exciting and adventurous than before. Have you ever thought of travelling to space, discovering your ancestors during your holidays, or doing yoga in the air? In 2020, you can try all of these. 😉
The topic has been highly discussed; however, in 2020, this supernatural travel trend finally turns into reality. According to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, the first test flights are already being organised and will be realised by the Blue Origin company. In the summer of 2019, the New-Mexican Virgin Galactic’s Gateway to Space commercial space airport published the first photos of the station where space tourists will get ready for their extraordinary adventure.
So far, 600 people bought tickets for the first space flights starting in 2020.
The vegan diet is becoming more and more popular nowadays, as a result of which several vegan hotels are being opened in many parts of the world, providing plant-based dining services for the guests. In 2018, Saorsa 1875, the first vegan hotel in the UK, was opened, where no animal product, neither in dining nor in the case of facilities (wool, silk, or down), can be discovered.
Tourism is significantly affected by climatic changes; therefore, environment protection is becoming an increasingly important issue regarding travelling. The Flygskam (flight shame) movement can be considered as one of the most important environment-friendly movements nowadays, initiated by the Swedish teenager, Greta Thunberg.
The purpose of the environmental activist is to encourage people to travel by train and stop using environment-polluting aeroplanes.
So far, the initiative has been so successful that France’s intercity high-speed rail service (TGV) has experienced a 30% increase in the number of passengers.
According to Turizmus, swimsuits might become an optional dress code at certain destinations due to the popularity of the new special travel trend called “naked vacation”.
According to the experts, naked vacation provides completely liberating and refreshing experiences for over-technologised urban people; therefore, several touristic activities can be combined with this unconventional travel trend including undressed mountain climbing, camping, canoeing, or sailing.
Naked vacation is becoming more and more popular in certain countries. By way of example, London has opened several restaurants welcoming their undressed guests, including one of the pioneers, Bunyadi Restaurant, with hundreds of thousands of followers, which plans to be re-opened this year.
The so-called “digital detox” is a new phenomenon, referring to the minimalist style of this new travel trend, characterised by a combination of Spartan vacation. Just like in the case of naked vacation, there is a great emphasis on the relationship between nature and human well-being; therefore, only a small package is taken by the tourist, sometimes just a pair of underwear.
However, digital detox does not necessarily mean a lack of luxury – based on guest request, hikers are accompanied by trucks, bringing their equipment and putting out their cushions, benches, and hammocks at the place where they would like to spend the night under the stars.
Family tree research is a new travel trend which is becoming increasingly popular nowadays. According to the data of MIT Technology Review, a DNA test was taken by 26 million people, enabling them to trace their ancestors and visit the destinations concerned. The new touristic trend allows travellers to combine practicality with pleasure during their journey.
Experts say that in 2020, this amount will increase even more as this kind of journey is specifically promoted by Airbnb, based on its agreement with the 23andMe DNA laboratory.
Despite the Flygskam movement mentioned above, in 2020, flying can become an unforgettable experience for those who can afford luxurious services. Luxurious airlines as Virgin Atlantic, Qatar Airways, and Emirates already provide special services to their guests; however, passengers can enjoy even more pomp from 2020.
In the case of long-haul flights, space will be provided for yoga, along with a dining area and a childcare section.
Culinary experience at the airport
Airports will soon be getting promoted as TOP culinary venues. Just to mention a few examples:
- Beijing Daxing International Airport – wonton noodle restaurants recommended by Michelin guide.
- Singapore Changi Airport – one of the best airports in the world, offering high-quality restaurants and cafes.
- TWA Hotel at the JFK Airport (New York) – culinary experience is provided by a French celebrity chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten.