Expedia and Condé Nast Traveller have joined forces to share predictions on the hottest travel trends for 2020.
Using extensive knowledge and Expedia travel data, five travel trends have been highlighted to inspire Brits to start planning for next year, accompanied by the best destinations for each.
Curate an unforgettable experience on an off-season escape, visit destinations which immerse you in art, get a great deal at alternative world worlds and start mingling with locals to learn secret recipes.
Whichever route you choose, it's time to plot your next escape. Here are 2020's hot travel trends.
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- Spring brings "shoulder season" prices and thinner crowds to the Greek Isles as temperatures creep into the twenties. Expedia has found that hotels in the country were 80% more expensive in July than were on average cross the first half of this year.
- In San Francisco, autumn promises clear blue skies and sunny California days perfect for cable car rides across Golden Gate Bridge Wine connoisseurs can spirit themselves to Napa or Sonoma wine country, where it’s harvest time.
Swap beats for bliss and enjoy Ibiza like a local in March. Relax on cool, sunny days and take a short drive to San Carlos with its hippie vibe.
When British schools are in term time, try Devon for a peaceful escape. Cliffs, rolling moorlands and sparkling waters make up the coastal paradise.
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Learning with locals:
- Scratch behind the tourism screen and delve into local activities. For instance, not many know that New York City has a surf culture.
- In Prague, street art celebrates Czech pride visible in the city’s famous mural. Staying at hotels such as the Art Hotel with in-house exhibitions opens your eyes to local talent and the city’s culture.
- When in Rome, combine cuisine with local learning. Travellers have reviewed Rome as the top city for cooking activities on Expedia.
- Another gastronomic adventure is in Croatia with families from the Istrian peninsula. Accompany them on a truffle hunt that ends with a lunch of truffle-infused delicacies and local wines.
- 'World's first glacier bar' opens in Arctic Circle – and you can visit
The Alternative bucket list:
- Conscious travellers are weighing up popular sights with sustainability. For example, this year Expedia has seen a 200% rise in interest for the candy-coloured slope of Vinicunca or "Rainbow Mountain" instead of the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, which has strict ticket rules due to high demand.
- Utah’s “Mighty Five” national parks are also witnessing overcrowding. A tip: head to state parks like Goblin Valley instead. They are sparsely dotted by tourists and have a thousand jaw-dropping rock pillars, weathered into goblins and mushrooms shapes.
Traffic-filled roads leading to Stonehenge have authorities considering a tunnel, but archaeologists fear it will disturb the ancient site. Instead check out Orkney Island’s Standing Stones of Stenness. This UNESCO monument is older than Stonehenge and is near Orkney’s other Neolithic curiosities, including Skara Brae, a preserved village predating Egypt’s pyramids.
A trip to Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay involves navigating through hordes of tours. An alternative is a 20-minute sail from the Philippines’ Coron Town to Coron Island that recreates a similar experience with shipwreck diving, lagoons and white-sand beaches.
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Interactive art is increasingly putting the heart in travel, especially at the world’s best permanent art parks. Hakone is Japan’s Zen antonym to Tokyo. Valleys, hot spring baths, ryokan inns and Mount Fuji enter your photo frame, as do more than 100 artworks at Hakone’s Open-Air Museum.
Hidden almost as well is Tippet Rise off the one-road town of Fishtail, Montana. Snow-capped Beartooth Mountains are the canvas for the sculpture park, boasting names like Alexander Calder.
The Taj Mahal is one of India’s greatest architectural marvels, but away from its hustle is a folk-art wonder at Chandigarh’s Rock Garden, India.
A similar realm lies hidden among 60 acres of forest outside Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Belize. A hike through tangled trees takes you to Poustinia Land Art Park, where artists use cars as greenhouses and computer monitors as thought-provoking artwork.
- Foreign package holidays 'taking off' as seven in ten Brits went abroad last year
Wellness for the mind:
Find your zen at Emerito, a digital detox retreat in Italy’s Umbria valley founded by former fashion designer Marcello Murzilli. Housed in a contemporary monastery, solo travellers dine silently, go on meditative walks and find answers to important life questions.
In Romania, Transylvania, try the Akasha Wellness Retreat. Combine yoga with wine or vegan cooking with a natural mediation studio in the middle of a national park.
Paradis Plage in Agadir, Morocco, helps young adults ride the wave to meditative bliss on beachfront yoga pavilions, then find their balance on a surfboard on the Atlantic coast.
Escape to Kalutara, Sri Lanka’s boutique Plantation Villa surrounded by fragrant coconut, cinnamon and pepper plantations where yoga, meditation and veganism transports you to a higher plane.
Mark Tavender, Director of Product and Marketing at Expedia, said: “Travel is not a one-size-fits-all experience; these trends perfectly show this. People of all ages want to experience the world in all its forms, from taking time off to recharge our minds to enjoying human connection in different cultures.
“On the most part we are time poor but also becoming increasingly conscious of the growing threats to Earth, so commit more hours to researching our next trip. As one of the world’s leading travel brands, we hope to help travellers easily plan and book everything from amazing accommodation to flights and activities, making holiday planning hassle-free.”
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