Travel – Types and Future Trends

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INTRODUCTION:

Travel is the movement of people between distant geographical locations. Travel can be done by foot, bicycle, automobile, train, boat, bus, airplane, ship or other means, with or without luggage, and can be one way or round trip. Travel can also include relatively short stays between successive movements, as in the case of tourism.

 

Types of Travel

  1. Business Travel
  2. Event Travel
  3. Backpacking Trip
  4. The Impromptu Trip
  5. Solo Travel
  6. Family Vacation
  7. Siblings-Only Vacation
  8. The Ultimate All-Girls/All-Boys Travel
  9. Long-Term Slow Trip
  10. Friends-Only Travel
  11. Group Travel
  12. Luxury Travel
  13. Weekend Travel
  14. Gap Year Travel
  15. Road Trip
  16. DIY Travel
  17. Visiting Relatives or Friends
  18. Volunteer Travel
  19. No Destination Travel
  20. Working Abroad
  21. Adventure Travel
  22. Student Exchange Program
  23. Full Degree Program
  24. Romantic Travel
  25. Travel to Teach English
  26. Understanding-Your-Roots Travel

1. Business TravelThree Professionals in a meeting

In many business trips, people work the usual 9-to-5 hours and are free to explore the country in their spare time. There are plenty of opportunities for business travelers to meet new people, get to know the culture and try out the amazing food.

2. Event Travel

Traveling abroad to attend an event like a music festival, sports event, Coachella or a cultural festival sounds amazing, doesn’t it? This is a great way of exploring a completely new place and experiencing the excitement of the event celebrations. Moreover, people from all over the world come to attend such events. This means it is a great opportunity to make new friends and learn about new cultures!

3. Backpacking Trip

When the urge to traveling overtakes, all you want to do is pack your bags and head out to explore the world. That’s what this trip literally is. Sudden plans are always the best, aren’t they? Whether you head out alone, with a friend or family, heading to a nearby city or a road trip, an impromptu trip is sure to give you the thrills. You will come back with adventurous and inspirational stories!

5. Solo TravelWoman Backpacker on Mountain

6. Family VacationFamily of Four on a Beach

Family vacations are the best way of relaxing and connecting with your family. With the increasing pressure of everyday life, one rarely gets the time to spend quality moments with their family. With work, home chores, assignments and tests, parents and children simply go through about their daily routine without bonding. A family vacation is a much-needed break, away from all the stressors, to spend time with your family. It helps in strengthening the familial bond.

7. Siblings-Only Vacation

As you grow older, you gradually grow apart from your siblings due to many reasons – living in different cities or countries, tough routines, and so on. The happiness of living independently and not having your siblings to annoy you eventually wears off and you start missing that love-hate relationship. When was the last time you spent quality time with your partners-in-crime? Isn’t it about time you had a siblings-only trip?

8. The Ultimate All-Girls/All-Boys TravelThree Men Working on the Boat

This. This is the real deal. Even thinking about heading off with your girls or boys can be exciting. This is the trip that is loaded with crazy adventures, amazing vacation spots, and ultimate fun. This is a perfect time to unburden your woes, create new memories and strengthen your bond with your friends.

9. Long-Term Slow Trip

This means taking a few months or a year off to travel to different places around the globe or exploring a country. In this trip you travel at your own pace, stay for a long duration at each place to soak in the culture and norms of that city/town. For this travel, people usually opt for cheap accommodations and food to fund their travel for a longer duration. The long-term slow trip becomes more of a lifestyle than a trip.

10. Friends-Only TravelGroup of Friends Enjoying on a Sailboat

This type of trip needs no introduction! A trip with friends is what everyone dreams about, even as kids. There are amazing destinations where one can visit with their friends. The place you want to go, the adventures you are looking for depends solely on you and your friends. You can head to an island to enjoy a relaxing time at the seashore, head off to an adventure travel destination, or have each one of you pick a different city to travel. The possibilities are endless!

11. Group Travel

Group traveling is also a popular type of travel. Heading off to a destination with a group of fellow students or adventure seekers can be a thrilling experience. No matter where you want to go or what you want to do, there is a group tour for everything! There are many traveling agencies that organize group tours where you can get more information. The best thing about group travel is that you don’t have to make an effort and spend time making an itinerary. The entire plan is already created by the agent and all you need to do is take time off and enjoy the adventure.

12. Luxury TravelHappy Couple in a Pool

13. Weekend TravelWoman Taking a Picture of Colorful Buildings

14. Gap Year Travel

This is when you take a year off your studies and travel to a different country to either visit your relatives, study a course, volunteer or to do a short-term job. Thinking of a gap year typically conjures up the image of a young student going off trekking, or getting some work experience before entering the ‘real world’. However, a gap year can be taken at any age or any point of your career. It simply means to take a year off and travel anywhere you want to go.

15. Road TripFriends on a Road Trip Looking at a Map

16. DIY Travel

Majority of travelers opt for travel agents or seek someone’s help when making their travel itinerary. While those trips turn out to be amazing since they include places, food, and activities highly recommended by frequent travels, creating your own itinerary has its own perks. You get to decide where you want to go and create your itinerary as you go along. These kinds of trips help you learn various travel hacks, save money, and give you an opportunity to go to places less traveled!

17. Visiting Relatives or FriendsFamily at the Dining Table

18. Volunteer Travel

Volunteering can indeed be a rewarding experience since you are helping those in need and adding value to a community. Heading out to a new country to volunteer can be even more thrilling and satisfying as you not only help people but also go through an experience of a lifetime.

Whether you work at an organic farm in Italy, help out at an orphanage in Cambodia, or help build a school in Africa, you are sure to have a gratifying trip. The volunteer cause can be different, depending on the traveler and there are various non-profit organizations that offer meals and accommodations for their helpers, which further cut done the cost of expense. You get to travel while also making this world a better place. Sounds great?

19. No Destination TravelYoung Hitchhiking Woman with a Travel Bag

20. Working Abroad

Silhouette of a Man Walking with a Travel Suitcase

This type of travel can be done anywhere or anytime. Getting an exciting work experience in a foreign country during your summer vacations, taking a semester off to get real-life experience, opting for an internship program, working abroad for a few months or a few years – this type of travel would give you the work experience, as well as knowledge about the culture and traditions of the country.

This type of travel can also beef up your resume. You will surely attain professional and personal growth by working abroad while also enjoying the travel trip.

21. Adventure TravelMan Standing in Water Preparing

22. Student Exchange ProgramTwo Students Studying in a School Library

This creates lasting memories, fosters friendships, and helps you learn inspirational lessons. These student exchange programs are open to all ages, majors, and levels of language fluency. Moreover, it adds credits to your degree program. Some of the great things about this program are the various student discounts, financial aid and scholarship opportunities you can score.

23. Full Degree Program

Aside from student exchange programs which typically last a semester, you can also opt for a full degree program in another country. Pursuing your studies abroad gives you the best of both worlds. In this travel, you get an opportunity to pursue your entire degree in a different country. Throughout your time there, you get to meet locals and other foreigners. Moreover, you have a home base in a new country from where you can head out and explore different cities and towns of that country.

Many universities and colleges offer scholarships and other financial aid for international students. There are hostels and other student accommodations that you can easily afford as you study and explore the country. Some countries even allow students to work for specific hours a week without the need for a work visa. This means you would be earning some money to indulge in your travel adventures.

24. Romantic TravelYoung Couple Holding Hand

one another away from the daily routine and stressful life. Selecting the right destination mostly depends on your taste. Are you both looking for an adventure? Do you want a whimsical romantic destination? Do historic places interest you both? Are you food lovers? No matter what the country you choose, you will make great memories that will last a lifetime.

25. Travel to Teach English

Modern-day travel has made its way to another exciting type of travel – traveling to teach English or other languages/subject. Opting to teach abroad not only gives you an opportunity to travel to an exciting new destination but also pays. This is a great long-term paying opportunity, which will enable you to come back home with a good amount of savings along with great lessons learned and exhilarating stories to share with others.

Moreover, this type of travel will teach you how to budget, which will surely be useful for future travels. There are numerous teaching opportunities available all over the world, from remote villages to major cities where you will learn learns from all walks of life and different age groups. This opportunity also comes with professional growth like tutoring skills, cross-cultural communication, leadership skills and more.

26. Understanding-Your-Roots TravelYoung Woman Tourist Studying a Map

There is no prime time or right age to travel. With such a vast collection of travel types, you can embark on any travel journey you want to explore. Whether you like everything properly planned in a group tour, prefer the mystery of no destination travel, enjoy solo travel or prefer family or friends travel, there are many amazing destinations for you to explore. There is bound to be a country and type of travel that can fit your time frame and budget. Don’t just think or dream about traveling, pack your bags, pick a destination and head out. The world out there is waiting to be explored.

Future of Travel – 13 Trends to Watch

Below you find thirteen of the most significant tourism trends right now and in the future.

1. Solo Travel

Leisure travel used to be a family affair or something that couples undertook together. While that’s still the case for many, more and more people are choosing to strike out on their own. Enjoying a solo trip is no longer so unusual and tourist trends increasingly reflect this. The needs of solo travellers are diverse. Some simply want to travel without the distraction of a companion. Others are young singles looking for social activities or to find a partner. Some widowed seniors even use long-term hotel stays or cruises as a luxurious alternative to conventional elder care. These tourism trends are set to grow and grow.

Video: 15 Perfect Destinations For Any Solo Traveler

2. Eco Travel

Tourism trends are heavily influenced by the concerns and mores of the customer base. As a new generation becomes increasingly relevant in the marketplace, the ideals driving their purchasing decisions create new tourism trends. Eco travel is just one example of these tourism trends, reflecting a growing concern among today’s travellers for ethical and sustainable tourism options. Eco travel includes simple changes, such as the availability of carbon credits when booking a flight or the option to rent an electric instead of a conventional vehicle. More sophisticated examples might include tourism with a volunteer element, perhaps working on a nature reserve or engaging in conservation work.

Video: Ecotourism – A Sustainable Way To Travel

3. Local experience

Today’s tourists don’t want to be insulated from the places they visit inside a cultural bubble. They want to engage with and participate in the local culture. From enjoying local cuisine to celebrating regional festivals and holidays, local experiences are set to become some of the top tourist trends to watch. One example of a popular local experience would be visiting Japan during a major festival, renting formal Japanese clothes to wear, consuming regional delicacies and engaging in traditional games or cultural activities. Another might be a long stay with a host family in the destination country as a means to learn more about the local culture.

Video: A Local Travel Guide of Amsterdam

Video: Food Travel Vlog about Local Food in Hong Kong

4. Personalisation

You’re probably familiar with those ads that pop up on social media and certain other websites, ads related to things you’ve looked at or purchased online. This is just one example of personalisation. As well as in marketing tourism more effectively, personalisation can apply to every aspect of the tourist experience. Today’s consumers expect experiences that closely match their personal preferences, from destinations to accommodation and the kinds of activities they’ll engage in. The more closely an experience can be tailored to a client’s desires and expectations, the more likely they are to return and to use the same service again.

Video: Personalised Marketing by Nicole Martin

You can read more detailed information and examples about personalisation marketing in tourism in the article “5 Ways Personalisation Marketing is Used in the Tourism Industry”.

5. Bleisure Travel: A Millennial Tourism Trend

The concept of combining leisure and tourism with travel for business is hardly new: “bizcations” have been popular for many decades. As the tourism sector attempts to woo a more frugal customer base, however, the concept of bleisure travel has become increasingly relevant among tourism trends. Bleisure travel tourism can take many forms. Sometimes a client who is travelling for work decides to engage in tourism on their downtime; in other cases, a company may arrange for tourist activities on work trips as a perk. Another increasingly popular set of tourism trends relate to the “digital nomad” phenomenon where online workers engage in travel.

Video: The State of Business Travel — Bleisure Benefits

Find more detailed information about “Bleisure Travel” in the articles “What is Bleisure Travel?” and “Bleisure: Tips for Hotels to Attract More Bleisure Travellers”.

6. Robots, chatbots and automation

One of the more eye-catching examples of these particular tourism trends is Connie, the Hilton Hotel chain’s robot concierge. Other hotels have also got in on the robot-staff trend, installing interactive robots to handle certain reception duties or even having them serve food and drink to visitors. This kind of novelty application, however, is far from the only one. Many customers now book their travel and accommodation with the help of internet chatbots, specifically tailored AI who can handle queries and assist customers with useful information when human operators are unavailable.

Video: Alibaba’s ‘Future Hotel’ Uses Robots

Video: Autonomous Security Robots for Airports

Find more detailed information about how to use robots in the tourism industry in the article “Robots in the Tourism Industry: 8 Real-World Examples”.

7. Artificial intelligence

As well as the aforementioned chatbots, artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly important to the tourism industry. Machine learning technology is now firmly entrenched in the marketing of the tourism sector, with AI helping to personalise the experience of finding and booking tours and trips. AI is also increasingly valuable in contexts such as smart hotel rooms, identifying the likely needs of guests and fine-tuning the environment and services to fit the guest’s needs and preferences. Artificial intelligence is finding applications everywhere, from customer service to security. Future AI tourism trends to watch out for might include self-driving vehicles and virtual guides for tourism.

Video: AI for Marketing & Growth 

Video: Example Hotel Chatbot

Find more detailed information and examples about artificial intelligence use cases in the tourism industry in the article “How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Travel Industry”.

8. Recognition technology

Recognition technology is one of those increasingly important travel and tourism trends that’s starting to creep into a multitude of different areas. One of the most familiar applications of recognition technology for a frequent traveller is the bank of automatic gates at some borders. The gates are capable of reading the data on the traveller’s passport or ID card and matching it to their face using a camera and facial recognition technology. Recognition technology is one of the big tourism trends in the hospitality industry too, with voice recognition becoming more and more popular as a method of control in smart hotel rooms.

Video: KLM’s smart pack assistant on Google Home

Video: Airports roll out facial recognition technology

Find more detailed information about Recognition technology in the tourism industry in the articles “How Can Voice Control Benefit the Tourism Industry?” and “4 Ways Facial Recognition Can Be Used in the Travel Industry”.

9. Internet of things (IoT)

The IoT is relevant to many tourism trends. IoT devices are gadgets equipped with a microprocessor and some form of digital connectivity, allowing them to connect to, and be controlled from, the internet. IoT devices include heating and cooling systems, entertainment systems and other items often found in a hotel room, giving rise to “smart” hotel rooms. The IoT is also used to integrate services in a hospitality setting, for example by allowing guests to book activities (a session in the hotel’s spa, swimming in the pool, training in the gym etc) or request such things as room service or extra linen via a hub or a smartphone application.

Example: Iot for Airports

Video: IoT Monitoring for the Restaurant Industry

Find more detailed information about the ‘Internet of Things’ in the tourism industry in the article “How the Internet of Things (IoT) can Benefit the Tourism Industry”.

10. Virtual reality

Virtual reality (VR) technology offers many opportunities for tourism management. Tourism trends involving VR include high-end entertainment applications, some of them combining physical elements like controllers or movable seating and platforms. Sports simulators are increasingly popular, ranging from virtual baseball and other familiar sports to extreme sports such as skiing or snowboarding. Many extreme activities can also be simulated using VR, such as hang-gliding and other adventures. VR can also allow tourists to “visit” destination that are too fragile for physical tours, such as archeological sites: structures can be recreated in VR and tourists can enjoy the experience of walking around them unimpeded.

Video: A Guided Virtual Reality City Tour Through Rome

Video: Atlantis Dubai Virtual Hotel Tour

Find more detailed information and examples about how virtual reality can benefit your business in the article “How Virtual Reality is Transforming the Travel Industry”.

11. Augmented reality (AR)

Where VR simulates entire environments and experiences, augmented reality combines real-world experiences and virtual elements. A familiar example would be the smartphone game Pokémon Go, where imaginary creatures are superimposed on real-time footage of the player’s environment. In the tourist industry, this is obviously very useful: instead of fantasy monsters. AR smartphone apps can show tourists information about the area they’re exploring. This could be historical details about buildings and landmarks, or listings and menus for entertainment venues and local eateries. Museums make increasing use of AR, allowing visitors to view artefacts with their original appearance as a virtual overlay. Other augmented reality applications might include internet-enabled virtual maps.

Video: Menu AR – menu of restaurants in augmented reality

Video: Example Augmented Reality Within the Hotel Industry

Find more detailed information and examples about how augmented reality can benefit your business in the article “How Augmented Reality is Revolutionising the Travel Industry”.

12. Healthy and organic food

Healthy food and the kind of fare consumed by tourists used to be antonyms in the minds of many travellers, with holidays traditionally representing a chance to break one’s diet and indulge in forbidden treats. Today’s travellers know that delicious and nutritious are not exclusive concepts. Demand for excellent cuisine with a view to better nutrition is driving new tourism trends. The modern tourist wants to know that the food they’re eating is as healthy as it is delicious. The organic food movement is also affecting tourism trends, with more eateries and hotels offering organic options. Other special diets are also represented.

Video: Organic Holiday in Italy

13. Customer Experience

Of course, the customer experience has always been central to the tourist industry. With new technologies and an ever-broadening array of options for tourists, enhancing the customer experience has never been more vital. In the final analysis, customer experience is what will make or break your business. Fine-tuning the experience can make the difference between creating a loyal repeat customer who boosts your business via word of mouth, and one who drops out at the booking stage. Everything from the web interface where your clients book their trips to the very last day of their journey needs to be as enjoyable as possible.

Video: Technology and Customer Experience Across the Travel Industry

In the article “8 Ways to Improve Customer Experience in the Travel Industry” you will find out about eight of the most effective ways for those in the tourism industry to improve the experience for customers.

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