The travel industry has changed a lot over the decades and this change has been constant. Vacations were always an annual thing where the entire family travelled together. This was the time when people only travelled for relaxing and taking time off from everyday life. There are still people who travel like this. However, the travel trends are slowly changing and in 2020 there’s a lot one can experiment with when it comes to traveling.
However, now there are other kind of travellers as well- solo travellers, hikers, trekkers, bikers, road trippers, backpackers, etc. Today people want to explore the world and know everything that there is to know. Needless to say, travel trends keep changing all the time as every generation of travellers is looking for something different than the previous ones.
Let’s look at the top 6 travel trends to watch out for in 2020
Homestays are becoming increasingly popular amongst travellers. They are very cost-effective. There are a lot of options you get to choose from just like you would do with hotels that are very cosy and that make you feel at home even on your vacation. You get to interact with all the people associated at the homestay- the cook, the owner, the helper, etc. You also get to feel the local vibe of the place you are staying with and get a closer look at how the locals are, their lifestyle, their traditions and their culture.
Homestays are a major contributor to the growing travel scenes in India. It is the next big thing in the hospitality industry and definitely a travel trend to watch out for this year.
A lot of travellers today, apart from taking the international travel vacation are also preferring to take staycations i.e. to travel domestically and explore the unexplored places of their country. There has been an exponential rise in domestic tourist visits over the last 2 decades. In 2019 alone there are close 2 billion domestic tourist visits. Thanks to a lot of state governments taking the initiative to promote tourism of their states.
People today are constantly looking for offbeat places within India to spend their staycation. Because these places are seeing a rise in domestic travellers it automatically gives rise to international tourists. So try to keep up with this travel trend and plan a staycation as your next trip.
3. Hiring local guides
Another booming service in the travel industry; travellers are really digging into the concept of hiring local guides in recent times. Talking to local guides means allowing them to understand the place they are visiting better. It also means helping them plan their trip with ease and without any uncertainties.
Since locals understand the place better, they are able to design the itinerary in a better way keeping in mind the traveller’s interests and requirements. At ScoutMyTrip we provide you with the service of hiring online buddies whom we call Scouts, to not just curate itineraries for you but also virtually assist you throughout your trip. Yep, that’s why they’re your online travel buddies.
With the raising awareness amongst travellers about climate changes, they are choosing ecotourism. Travellers are visiting places that are undisturbed by nature and pristine. Ecotourism helps in sustainable development and improves the wellbeing of the local people by helping build the economy of the place without altering or harming the environment.
It also helps travellers understand the importance of preserving nature and conserving resources. Ecotourism has been on the rise for the past five years and yet there is still a lack of awareness amongst travellers about it. Several travel planning websites are doing their bit in promoting it, hence making it a travel trend to watch out for in 2020.
5. Vacation with the pets
Pets are a part of a family. Travellers today do not want to leave their pets at home while they travel. They prefer to take their pets along with them. There are several hotels and resorts in India that allow travellers to get their pets along. Indian airlines are also becoming pet friendly.
Travellers are not compromising while travelling with pets. They want to stay in good places that they know will offer the best stay for their pets as well. India’s pet industry is growing 10-15% every year. There are around 500 petfriendly hotels in India. Petvacations.in is a website for people travelling with pets.
6. Weekend Getaways
People don’t have enough time to travel even though they want to travel more. This could be because of work or family responsibility or just that they do not have enough vacation time to travel. Travellers today want to visit more and more places and experience a lot of things.
Hence, they are depending largely on weekend getaways. 73% of Indians travellers today opt for weekend travels. Weekend getaways are pocket-friendly and convenient hence making this a trending travel plan.
So which trend have you unknowingly been following? Please mention it in the comments section below.
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