We’ve compiled a list of this year’s trends in travel to help you plan for what’s ahead. From technological advancements in luggage to entirely new modes of transportation… 2018 is already shaking things up.
Improved Business Class for Domestic Flights
As competition for business class flights heats up, you’ll see upgraded features from airlines that
share routes. Starting this spring, Delta Air Lines will add flatbed seats and premium bedding on
some longer domestic flights to compete with JetBlue’s decision to add Mint.
From Assateague to Zion, our Nation’s parks encompass a wide range of landscapes that drew
record crowds in 2016. The uptick in park visitors is expected to persist throughout 2018.
As family vacations increase in popularity, so does the demand for a destination babysitter.
Several companies offer hourly nannies, allowing for a date night on your trip.
In this age of technology, simply disconnecting has become a luxury. As population density rises
and work is ever-calling, many are seeking a remote refuge from everyday life.
Vacations that stretch beyond two weeks have increased in popularity as travelers desire full
immersion at their destinations.
More Business Travel Results in Rising Costs
The global economy is expected to grow 3.6% in 2018, which will lead to more business travel and rising
prices. Hotel rates may increase 2.9%, airfare 2.3%, and ground transportation 1% in North America.
Data sourced from GBTA report (www.jtbusabusinesstravel.com)
Image credit: Jpatokal. Map of scheduled airline traffic around the world, circa June 2009. Contains 54317 routes.
Medical Tourism / Wellness Vacay
As the price of medical coverage soars in America, people are increasingly inclined to explore other
avenues and destinations for cosmetic or routine procedures. Occasionally, the difference in cost
can cover the trip and travel expenses while offering a new place in which to explore or recover.
Adventure / Achievement Travel
Trips based on sporting competitions or adventures are especially alluring to solo travelers, as
many races provide an itinerary, suggested hotels, or host group meet-ups.
Hyperloop / The Boring Company
The Boring Company plans to bore a series of tunnels for fast, safe transit in highly populated loca-
tions. In addition to the routes below, projects are underway in Chicago and along the East Coast.
Nature lodges are gaining in popularity among those seeking a more immersive experience in nature.
According to airbnb data, eco lodging has seen a booking growth of over 700% in the past year.
Smart bags are revolutionizing packing for travel with built-in features like GPS locators, weight
scales, USB charging stations, solar-powered batteries, and luggage that follows you as you walk!