Travel trends 2020
Dreaming about your next holiday? If ever there was a time of year, now has to be it for plotting your perfect trip away. But before you book, check out our guide from industry expert Emily McCormick.
We all live in an increasingly hectic and technology filled world, and despite years of political and financial uncertainty, the one thing we won’t compromise on is our precious holiday time.
It’s important to plan your holiday carefully, to make the most of every penny and every moment. Holidays are all about creating memorable experiences – whether it be switching off from the daily grind, enjoying time with family or friends, or something more adventurous like going on safari.
We all have our own idea of the perfect holiday and no two are the same. It could be taking in the sights, sounds and magical smells in Hong Kong or Marrakech, or soaking up the atmosphere of a buzzy small-town market in rural France.
So, what’s hot in the world of travel in the coming year?
Industry experts say we want to find adventure and wellness when we break from the norm. We want to fully immerse ourselves in a destination and come out feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world again.
Yoga retreats, active breaks, volunteering projects, the silent snow-filled magic of Lapland, or re-tracing the steps of our previous generations or childhood memories – it’s that wholesome and restorative feeling that we seek – a connection to something deeper and more meaningful.
There is a place for this on the fly-and-flop break, it just means venturing out, hiring a car, swerving the buffet for a night and eating locally to experience the true hospitality of a country.
We tend to think only of Europe for our summer holidays and understandably so with so much to offer, but we can think further afield to make our money go further. The weaker pound against the euro means that we are now paying far more for a European break than we have before, so now is a great time to look for alternatives.
It might cost you more to get to Thailand, Costa Rica, Mauritius or the Caribbean but the cost of things when you’re there will be less – so you may be surprised at the final holiday cost in comparison.
Choose a country that’s not in its ‘high season’ and it’ll reward you with more bang for your buck. It goes without saying, you don’t want to spend your precious holiday in a monsoon or huddled on a cold beach and that’s where an expert like Emily can help.
THREE TO TRY
The One&OnlyThe Palm is a tranquil retreat set away from the bustle of Dubai. With a boutique Mediterranean feel, lavish surroundings and the sea on three sides, you’ll feel like you’re on your own private island.
Set amidst the stunning scenery of the Khao Sok National Park, the award-winning Elephant Hills is Thailand’s most animal-friendly elephant experience. Offering two to four-day adventure tours, an array of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities awaits.
Antigua’s award-winning Blue Waters Resort and Spa is a brilliant choice for a family springtime escape. Threr's something for everyone including watersports' centre, kids' club, tennis, golf and a spa. Or you might choose to just relax by the infinity pool with a cocktail.