Wanderlust has tightened its grip over everyone on planet earth, or so it seems. Even before the year begins, people start eyeing long weekends to plan their vacations. For millennials, collecting experiences matters much more than collecting possessions. The travel and tourism industry across the globe has experienced an upsurge with nomads wanting to experience different destinations and ‘differently’! So let’s take a closer look at travel trends are picking up pace.

10. Immersion Travel

Travelling is no more just about completing a checklist of tourist attractions. People now want to immerse themselves in local culture and experience the local flavor in its true sense. Airbnb completed 10 years of existence in 2018 and became more popular than ever. More and more travelers are letting their barriers down and are preferring to stay with native families to understand more about the lifestyle and conventions of a new society.

9. Solo Travel

A sense of independence, an escape from the humdrum routine and a meditative experience- solo traveling offers all this and much more. It allows one to travel at his/her own pace without having to nose-dive into elaborate planning and inevitable arguments of group travel. Planning is still an essential component when one travels alone, but requires much less effort. The need for ‘me-time’ has increased. A number of women are opting to travel alone and search for safer and friendlier destinations for their solo trips.

8. Vineyards

Wine-tasting, understanding the history of wine-making and developing an appreciation of various tasting notes - travelers are wanting to add a touch of glamour, luxury and etiquette to their holidays. Vineyards not only offer an educational tour of the art of wine-making but also offer a romantic and relaxing getaway with breathtaking views of grapevines spread across hectares of land. And who doesn’t want to enjoy the pleasures of grape stomping!

7. Hostels

While bag-packing has always lured smart and frugal travelers, a number of social spaces and hostels have cropped up to their advantage. India, Thailand or Europe, hostels are everywhere and are gaining popularity with each passing day. Not only do they offer neat, clean and super-cool bunk beds (with some offering options of private rooms as well), many also flaunt of game-nights, parties and more giving people a chance to interact and mingle with fellow travelers.

6. Culinary Tourism

Food-lovers and connoisseurs of taste have started taking trips specifically to enjoy varied local, freshly prepared cuisines. People want to tingle their taste buds with authentic flavors from lands where they originate from. Apart from visiting street-food destinations in cities famous for local cuisines, food enthusiasts love to visit coffee-plantations, spice-gardens and fruit estates to feel the story behind what they eat and drink.

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