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  • Writer's pictureJulie Prusak

Travel Trend Forecast: Top Travel Trends in 2023 (and beyond!)

For most of us, the last few years have greatly impacted how we live, work, and travel. With restrictions around the globe effectively gone, travel is making a BIG comeback. After the pandemic, people are looking forward to exploring the world and making up for lost time. Q1 2023 has seen record bookings for cruises, flights, and most travel categories.

Here are some of the top travel trends we can expect to see in 2023 and beyond.


Epic Trips

Revenge travel has never been hotter, and big, bucket-list trips are taking travelers (and travel advisors) by storm. With all of the time spent at home, in lockdown, teaching your kids through remote schooling, or simply saving money that would ordinarily be spent on holidays – travelers are ready to go all out on their next escape.


Active travelers are planning treks across the Serengeti or looking to scale Machu Pichu. Luxury lovers are considering pampered stays at the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, or yachting across the Med, and honeymooners are dreaming about not just one, but two or more honeymoon destinations – all rolled into a loved-up mega getaway!


Workcations

With remote work on the rise, more employees are taking their laptops on the road and blurring the lines between work and play (myself included). Whether it’s a weeklong escape to a cabin or a month-long tropical getaway, as long as there’s a WiFi connection – workcations can be made possible.


While gracing the 2023 travel trends list, workcations are not new. Digital nomads have been plugging away on their laptops for years in the jungles of Costa Rica, the beaches of Mexico, and at cafes in Paris. Now it’s just an option for an increasing number of remote workers.


Staycations

Staying home has been the norm for the past few years, but staycations have become more popular than ever. Local spa visits, hotel stays, and discovering nearby attractions are all excellent ways to relax, unwind, or explore somewhere new nearby. And while there’s great comfort in your own space, there’s also something to be said for soft high-thread-count sheets, room service, and uninterrupted quiet time.


Niche Travel

Travel is deeply personal, and for many, their trip is built around a specific theme or desire to learn. There are various niche travel options available for travelers. Voluntourism combines holidays with giving back, culinary tourism focuses on regional cuisine, chefs, and cooking classes. Agro Tourism involves visiting working farms or ranches, and polar tourism is another niche that's gaining popularity.

Additionally, space tourism is becoming a reality, with companies such as SpaceX and Blue Origin offering suborbital flights for those who can afford it.


Pets Rule

After spending a considerable amount of time at home with your four-legged family members, you may not want to part with them on your next vacation.


It's no secret that our pets are valued members of the family, and the travel industry is recognizing it. Hotels are going far above and beyond welcoming your furry companion with the requisite dog bed and bowl. Think canine-specific room-service menus, pet-friendly restaurant spaces, in-room massage, and reiki (for your dog, not you!).


Whether it's epic trips, workcations, staycations, niche travel, or traveling with pets, the world is waiting to be explored. Want to chat more about travel trends, or work with me to plan your next vacation? Contact me here.


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