Road less travelled: travel trends for 2019


Road less travelled: travel trends for 2019

The top five travel trends tor 2019.

Intrepid Travel has announced their insights and predictions for travel in 2019, with Australian travellers to venture to more remote places and for those trips to take on a deeper meaning. “Where and how you travel is now a social marker, it identifies who you are. The traveller of 2019 will be defined by their strong social conscience and a heightened sense of adventure,” Intrepid Group CEO James Thornton says. Here are 5 of Intrepid’s travel trends  for 2019.

1. ‘Getting away from it’ all will go next level: We can all relate to feeling busy, tired, stressed and wanting to escape daily pressures including social media. In 2019 however, an escape will go to the extreme with more burnt out people opting for uncharted expeditions to unknown places with little connection to the outside world.

Earlier this year, Intrepid’s first ever trip of this kind, the Uncharted Expedition sold out virtually overnight with 10 travellers choosing to journey 3,500 kilometres from Kazakhstan to Mongolia on roads not yet mapped by Google and where there is intermittent electricity and WIFI, a few cold showers and fermented mares’ milk as a treat along the way! More extreme mystery getaways will be released in 2019.

2. Anti-consumerism will drive people away at Christmas: Credit card debit, unwanted presents and over-the-top marketing from retailers will drive more people out of the country for Christmas 2019. In a real break from tradition, holiday makers are choosing the steamy destinations of India, Cambodia and central America instead of a white Christmas.

3. Travel will become a tangible way to empower women in developing countries: With 2018 all about the ‘me too’ movement, travellers will look for opportunities to make a real difference through the products they buy and the places they travel. More women will travel to developing countries to support local women. In response to the trend Intrepid has launched women only trips to experience their way of life in Jordan, Morocco and Iran.

4. Forgotten destinations will make a comeback: Thanks to recent media attention on the issues surrounding overtourism, we’ll see travellers rethink places that were once hot and then not such as Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Moldova, Greenland, Kazakhstan and Hungary.

5. Passports become cookbooks: It’s no longer enough to buy a cookbook. Travellers want to learn the local ingredients and assemble it all in the kitchen of a local to be replicated back home to dinner party guests. Sri Lanka is tipped to be the hottest place for a food tour in 2019 – quite literally with its spicy curries, fresh seafood and sweet desserts on offer.


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