The New Year is a good time to take stock of your life, let go of the past and make bold new plans for the forthcoming year. For most people this means making some firm travel plans. But with so many places on offer worldwide, where do you start? We look at some of the emerging travel trends for 2018 and suggest some of the best places to visit
Home Stays in Europe
The recent success of AirBnB seems to have kicked off a new desire for homestays. It makes sense for travelers to get to know a country's culture and food better by taking advantage of the many places offering homestays. Alternatively, adventure seekers with a generous budget may choose to stay in a 'Poshtel' (an upscale hostel) but will seek out a more authentic experience by opting for home cooked meals with a local family.
The growth of celebrity chef shows and home cooking programs on TV seems to be making us all more aware of the creative side of mealtimes and cultural cuisine. Online startups are linking entrepreneurial cooks with travelers to provide a fun evening around the table. Complete strangers can meet up for the evening to sample typical local dishes and experience first-hand what life is really like in their chosen vacation destination. With high unemployment in some popular destinations such as Greece and Spain, it makes sense to create small businesses to offer a unique insight into the host country offering something as simple as an evening meal.
Emerging Destinations are Top Travel Destinations for 2018
New off-the-beaten-path destinations are still one of the top travel trends for 2018 as travelers strive for new and different experiences. Asia is tipped to be one of the top travel destinations for 2018 as countries such as Myanmar, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Cambodia are welcoming tourists after decades of seclusion due to politics or war.
The chance to see these countries before they became more developed makes such places understandably a top travel trend for 2018. Other destinations that are gaining in popularity are Croatia, Iceland and Panama and they are all served by Auto Europe for your car rental needs.
Little has changed in airline services over the past decade, although as prices have generally fallen, legroom has become proportionally tighter, particularly on budget airlines. However, 2018 sees some new developments with the option to pay a premium for a range of new flight services.
2018 promises to be an advantageous year for airline travelers, as many company's are reevaluating the issue of lack of space inside most aircraft cabins. Some airlines are planning to create special 'pods' in economy class allowing couples and families to enjoy booth-style seating with more legroom and privacy. Duo-seating is planned, allowing couples to pay for three seats but use the center seat as a table. Other airlines are following Air New Zealand's lead to offer Sky Couch seating for overnight flights at Premium Economy prices, which is all good news for travelers with a little extra to spend on comfortable travel.
Best Cities to Visit in 2018
We've touched on emerging destinations as a top travel trend for the future, but what about more specific destinations? Cities make a great destinations for weekend getaways and short cultural breaks. They can also be combined with a beach holiday as a point of arrival and departure, adding some culture to a laid-back beach vacation.
Visiting any of the former European Capital of Culture winners will be a top trend for the New Year. 2018's winner, Pisen, Czech Republic should be on the top of your must-see list. Some of the best cities to visit in 2018 are former European Capital of Culture winners such as Cork, Ireland
; Lille, France
; Graz, Austria
and Liverpool, UK
. The depreciation of the yen is also making Japanese cities such as Tokyo and Osaka more affordable cities to visit in 2018.
Health and Wellness Vacations
One final travel trend for 2018 is not about the 'where' but the 'why' of travel. More international travelers are looking to use travel to improve their health and wellbeing. Yoga holidays and retreats are increasing in popularity, giving travelers the chance to chill out, eat healthily and learn to relax. In a world that is increasingly filled with stress and bad news, it seems we are increasingly looking to use our vacation time to opt out of mainstream living, at least for a short time.
Spas are increasingly a must-have for hotels, resorts and cruise ships as vacationers clammer for massages and holistic treatments aimed at de-stressing and relaxing. From top destinations and cities to health, food and flights, it seems that the watchword for travel trends in 2018 seems to be choice. You'll find that theme extends to Auto Europe, where we offer a huge choice of vehicles, free GPS rentals
and even portable MiFi units
to help you stay in touch when you travel in 2018. Booking your next family car rental
or other travel service is easy and can be done by using the secure search form that can be found on the left-hand side of any page on our website. Reservations can also be made by calling us toll-free 24/7 at 1-888-223-5555
. Happy New Year!