TRAVEL TRENDS IN 2016: HOW AND WHY WE TRAVEL

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In such an accelerated world, consumer’s tastes change so fast, also in the travel business. Therefore, travel industry has to keep pace with time and for this reason the branch professionals are constantly at work to monitor traveller’s choices and analyse their behaviours. That’s how we get new trends, new ways to perceive the travel experience and never get bored. After safaris and gastronomic tours, in 2016 there will be new adventures waiting for us. So, if you are still looking for an idea that will make your holidays special, here are all the travel trends for this year.

BLEISURE

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Imagine you are in Barcelona to meet a potential client or a business conference. Out of the window you can spot a warm sun shining on the city that’s there to be discovered. Week-end is coming and extending your stay is not that crazy. Here you have your bleisure vacation: the term comes from the union of business and leisure, just as the concept comes from the union of duties and pleasure. Already appreciated by younger managers, in 2016 bleisure will be a real trend. The business trip won’t be something stressful anymore, something that makes us run from the airport to the hotel and back home again, but it will become an occasion to benefit of a moment of relax.

FAMILY HOLIDAYS

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Today more than ever, family members often live far away one from the other. We keep contact through phone calls and Skype video chats, but we rarely meet, usually only on special occasions. But who said you need to wait for Christmas dinner to meet your family? In 2016 families will pass their vacations altogether in a multigenerational trip that will reunite everyone and share an experience. Sure, in order to manage such a big group of uncles and cousins, grandparents and grandchildren, there is need of a great sense of organization. The choice of the destination is crucial, because it needs to offer activities suited for every age. And if someone wants to experience an afternoon alone, you just need to download the app Life 360 to share your exact position in order to easily reunite with the group.

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

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Long gone are the days when we chose a destination just to take it off our personal bucket list of places to visit. Being the regular tourist posing in a picture while holding the leaning tower of Pisa is not enough anymore. In 2016 we want to go beyond the traditional idea of a trip as an exploration and start to blend in, or better to be protagonists of the place we visit thanks to unique experiences in special locations. For instance, why don’t discover the beauties of Versailles Royal Palace and its gardens taking part to the annual masked ball? Fireworks, shows and eighteen-century costumes will make you feel just as you were at Louis’ court and you will surely smile thinking of those who stood in line for hours in front of the ticket office before getting in.

TRAVEL AS A LOCAL

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Travelling in a foreign country it’s not only about visiting its most beautiful places, but most of all it means to take part to its everyday life, to discover its uses and traditions. In order to live a vacation as a local, first you need to understand and behold his lifestyle: where he lives, where he eats, where he goes out. All of this is finally possible and available for anyone. Now we can rent an apartment instead of an hotel room thanks to AirBnb, or even meet locals and ask them for advices. globalgreeternetwork.info is a website that gathers volunteers happy to guide tourists through the beauties of their cities that go beyond the usual postcard landscapes they are used to. Surely the best solution for those who are looking for more than a tourist guide.

ALWAYS CONNECTED

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The smartphone is an essential part of our everyday life. We entrust it with basically everything in our lives, from the appointments in our planner to recipes we want to try. Even on vacation we stay connected through the thousands of apps available to plan and manage our trips. With a smartphone we can book flights and hotel rooms, check our position on the maps, call a cab and, most of all, update our profile on social networks. With great pleasure for many of us, photobooks to show to friends coming back from vacations don’t exist anymore. They have been replaced by pictures posted in real time on our profile, to make our friends part of the more Instagram worthy moments of the trip.

WELLNESS VACATIONS

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When the cell phone becomes too central, though, we feel the need to get away from it. Leaving for vacations in 2016 is not just a way to disconnect from everyday life, but above all it’s the occasion to disconnect from the wi-fi. An increasing number of people need to completely unplug their devices for a few days and get to places where they can relax and focus on themselves. It’s not just about not reading e-mails, but it’s ignoring all kind of notifications and only focus on our mental and physical wellness. More adventurous travellers can choose to go camping in the woods, but who would rather have some relax can always go to a yoga retreat, as those organized by Haramara in Sayulita (Mexico), a luxury resort on the beach with no electricity except in the restaurant hall. Or you can decide to live a true Robinson Crusoe experience in one of the luxury villas of the eco-chic resort Gili Lankanfushi at the Maldives. A real tropical paradise perfect if you want to arrive and leave from the island without seeing a soul. Getting lost has never been so pleasant.

SPACE TRAVEL

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They seemed so far away, almost from a sci-fi movie, but space trips are a reality today. Sure, it’s too soon to take a walk on the moon or to have dinner at the restaurant at the end of the universe, but starting from September 2016 you will be able to book a trip at 50 miles above the earth crust. The website kayak.com offers a flight to the Termosphere, where one can feel as a real astronaut and enjoy a wonderful sight of the stars and Earth’s curved horizon. Most extreme travellers, who already covered long distances and travelled to Easter Island or the Greenland Sea, will find their next destination into outer space. To infinity and beyond, they said.

CRUISING

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Far from being as David Foster Wallace described them, cruises in 2016 attract an increasing number of people. A lot among them are newbies and get on board to try a new experience. The offer is very wide in destinations as much as in atmospheres, so that everyone can find the most suited travel for himself. Who is looking for a relaxing moment can choose from a fluvial cruise in the middle of Europe, or the one on the Danube that crosses the old continent from West to East. Those of you seeking for adventure have the chance to cut through the Caribbean sea on a wonderful sailing ship and live an experience out of time with all the comforts thanks to Star Clippers Cruises. And if you have three months to spend at sea, you can always take part to an around-the-world cruise that will take you to the most beautiful and remote places on Earth. In order not to get lost in this wide offer, search for www.cruisecritic.com, where you will find all sorts of advice on trips and boats. Basically TripAdvisor on water.

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