Nothing can put a dampener on your much-anticipated holiday quite like learning you’ve chosen last year’s hot destination, missed out on the opening du jour, and failed to tap into the most hashtag-able eco-tourism trend. Stay ahead of the jet-set pack and plan a year of on-trend adventuring with our guide to 2019’s top travel trends. Jet, set, go.
Travel Trends 2019: A Guide
Who actually has time for a holiday anymore? This year is all about the two-day micro trip. Less downtime, more action, you can pack in a full exploration of a destination with a carefully planned itinerary and well-chosen flights. Check out our Micro Trips guide to start filling your weekends with adventures immediately, and prepare for an infinitely more interesting Instagram grid.
Better You Travel
A week on the beach with a suitcase full of books is no longer considered to be quality ‘me-time’. Wellness travel goes the extra mile in 2019, and if you’re not coming back from your spa break with glowing skin, a few pounds lighter and feeling infinitely more serene, you’re missing out. The retreat possibilities are endless, but Lanserhof in Austria is the pick of the bunch. And what’s more, they’re headed for the capital, taking up residence in London Arts Club as London’s first medical gym.
If you choose your holiday destination by the food on offer, you’re not alone, but in 2019 more than ever we are faced with the issue of what happens to the food that gets left on our plates. The zero waste food trend is high on the schedule for tourism with restaurants such as Silo in Brighton leading the way and new openings like Heckfield Place putting sustainable dining at the forefront of their plans with restaurants Marle and Hearth. Marriot International is aiming to reduce its food waste by 50% by 2025 and The Langham London is the first hotel in Europe to introduce a rapid composting system to deal with leftovers. Make sure your travel carbon footprint is etched in as green a shade as possible by choosing travel destinations putting eco-tourism at the top of their agenda.
The Maldives is a tourism destination ahead of the eco-curve, not least because of its fragile ecosystem. The Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives has announced a ‘Farm to Plate’ dining experience for 2019, in which guests will pick their own garden ingredients from the Chef’s Garden and catch their own fresh fish before enjoying a bespoke dinner under the Maldivian stars. If ‘grow your own’ is the future, we can’t think of a more beautiful place to learn.
Brexiety (Brexit-related-anxiety) ruining your travel plans? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. The UK tourism industry is booming thanks to more of us than ever planning passport-proof getaways within our glorious borders. Try a weekend in the Lakes, a culinary tour of Oxford or a family-friendly-fortnight in beautiful Cornwall.
…And as more of us hop into our cars for UK road-tripping, the roadside accommodation market is going through some game-changing improvements. Check out Mollie’s Motel & Diner in Oxfordshire which has been given an American motel makeover courtesy of the Soho House group. It’s cool enough to warrant renting a classic convertible and donning your most eye-catching silk headscarf for a day-trip with a side of fried chicken. Or plan your A to B with a few country inn overnighters. The Merry Harriers in Surrey or The Three Daggers in Edington are both great on-the-way stopovers, the latter of which making a great ‘group travel’ destination…
Take Your Mates
…Speaking of which, group travel is high on the agenda for 2019. Exclusively renting a villa, chalet or, let’s say, a castle for a few nights with a large group is more appealing than ever thanks to a growing number of luxury rental companies offering curated property listings of a certain genre. The Plum Guide and onefinestay both hand-pick their properties and have a host of options for design-loving parties of all sizes.
Travel Trends 2019: Hot Destinations
The jewel in Columbia’s crown is fast becoming a creative capital, with a thriving arts scene, rich history and buzzing nightlife. Catch the arts crowd at the annual Hay Festival, or check out the Blue Apple Beach House on Tierra Bomba island – they’re inviting ‘travellers of talent’ to take part in an artistic exchange: free bed and board in exchange for sharing their skills. Pretty cool, no?
We’re not saying it’s time to write off the gorgeous Greek Islands and all that they have to offer, but if you want to escape the crowds, it might be time to head back to the mainland and check out the southern region of Peloponnese, served by the increasingly well-serviced Kalamata international airport. Costa Navarino (one of our top family-friendly Greek destinations) put the region on the map back in 2010, but improved rail links and new luxe hotel openings will breathe extra life into the region this year.
Ever since it dropped it’s ‘j’ in favour of a double ‘l’ for good, Mallorca has been a luxury travel destination on the up. This year a slew of new boutique hotel and private accommodation additions including Palacio Can Marques in Palma and Villa Infinitum in Port d’Andratx make the prospect of a weekender on this Balearic gem increasingly appealing.
For the intrepid traveller, Syria is waiting. Read Peter Oborne’s guide to Syria for the Travel Issue of Country & Town House: ‘Once again ordinary people can come to Syria, so long as they take good advice, without a serious risk of being kidnapped or killed. This heartbreakingly beautiful country is open for business. And there are plenty of places to go.’
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