There’s no denying that travel certainly looks a lot different today than it did a couple years ago. In fact, pent-up demand has fueled a travel renaissance as people ache to go exploring once more. From ocean and river cruises to hotels and resorts, even rail journeys, luxury travel is bouncing back, finding new ways to satisfy one’s taste for the good life. You might even say we’re entering a new era of luxury travel, one that’s placing greater emphasis on immersive and authentic experiences.
So where are people headed to? Well, pretty much everywhere – literally. Exotic and uncharted destinations are hot and new expedition cruises now traverse nearly every large body of water on the planet, including the poles. Interest in well-being travel has skyrocketed since the start of the pandemic with many new hotels and resorts offering new wellness programs and services to help guests feel better than ever. Even big cities throughout the world are awakening from their recent hibernations as visitors are once again returning.
But by far, the most meaningful trend this year is “conscious travel.” These are travel experiences that combine sustainability and wellness, cultural immersion and exploration, adventure and involvement with the destination, as well as the supporting of conservation and environmental projects, empowerment of artisans, producers and local businesses.
Lastly, we can’t forget about travel advisors who continue to be an indispensable source of information, knowledge, and expertise. Unless you’re the type of adventurer who loves the thrill of uncertainty, one of the most important steps you can take when considering your next travel experience is to consult a travel professional who will make sure your adventure is everything you want it to be – and so much more.