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Travel Predictions For 2017: Trends To Watch Out For This Year

Travelers Today       By    Marc Delize

Updated: Jan 03, 2017 02:57 AM EST

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For 2017, expect many changes and trends in the travel industry. There has been an explosion in experiential travel. People no longer just like to go to a beach, but would like to experience other activities as well offered in their destinations.

One of the trends is many airlines are reducing their fares, but are changing their back-end system so that they can charge you more for other things (add-ons). Also, there is an explosion in non-traditional lodgings like Airbnb. Whereby before lodgings were run by retirees, now they are run by business.
For example, there is Room Mate, a hotel company. They have started a company called Be Mate, where you stay in an apartment near the hotel, and you get all the services that the hotel offers.

The "mighty" dollar has gotten mightier, so you can travel pretty much anywhere in the world. Travel to Paris is down 30%, so now is a good time to go there with the low rates. Also, it is Canada's 50th anniversary, so there will be a lot of special events there.

Experiential travel will still be in vogue. One type you can try is to go on a safari trip. If you have not been you are missing what is truly the world's bucket list trip. Go to a place (like Botswana!) or go to see different animals like tigers in India, polar bears in Manitoba, or see gorillas in Rwanda. To really make a safari special, whether it is in Southern or Eastern Africa or even tiger viewing in India, check out the world's best and most awarded safari specialists.

Try out a hiking/biking/walking/multisport trip. Not only do you burn some calories and get exercise while indulging in all the usual vacation decadence like great food, but it's often just a better way to see the destination in more detail and immersion and at a better pace. As they say, "slow down to see the world." This is one of the hottest segments of the travel industry and deservedly so.

While recent attention has been heaped on some just-launched mega cruise liners, it's the smallest part of the industry that is exploding with worldwide growth. River cruising is much different from ocean cursing, especially in one key respect - no waves, no seasickness. Smaller ships provide much more personal service and the ability to visit many inland European cities to the natural wonders of the Amazon. River cruising is about seeing the destinations, and ties in with the current experiential travel trend.

See Now: The U.S. had the highest number of Most Wanted properties, dominating the Hotels.com Loved By Guests Awards 2018

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