These Are the Biggest Trends in Travel, According to Our Specialists

Amy Stewart

“As a result of the pandemic shining a light on the fragility of life (and maybe just an overall sense of attachment to something greater), more travelers are seeking out travel to spiritual landmarks or religious sites as a way to connect with the destination in a way that maybe they haven’t before. Similarly, with people accessing genealogy records through tools like, and the added time of being inside during pandemic to research their family trees, I think that many people are planning trips to where their ancestors are from in an effort to connect in a way that feels more meaningful than the usual family trip to the all-inclusive resort.” —Sarah Taylor, All Set Concierge

“For more nature, more open-air adventure, and more awareness of whether tourism dollars are really benefiting local communities.” —Sebastian Lapostol, Trufflepig Travel

“Parents are realizing that a stint away from the classroom and traveling the world—if well-curated—can be every bit as educational for their children as a conventional academic curriculum. This is best manifested on a family sabbatical where they explore a country or region in real depth, learning as they go, and ideally with the children gaining an understanding of conservation, sustainability, how other cultures live and think, and how other ecosystems operate.” —Tom Barber, Original Travel

“More and more people will be planning long-term to make sure they don’t miss any more important milestones. I call these the Big Threes (birthdays, bas mitzvahs, and baccalaureates) and the Big Os (the 30th, 40th, 50th birthdays, etc.” Cate Caruso, True Place Travels

Brazil is seeing renewed interest among travelers thanks to high vaccination rates.

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A villa in Ourika, Morocco

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The way travelers are exploring a destination is changing

“While group tours are an exciting way to meet like-minded people and have shared experiences with new friends, people are far more interested in traveling independently. They want to be in control of their trip and are finding it far easier if they can be flexible and adaptable.” —Victoria Dyer, India Beat

“Slow travel, where travelers choose one accommodation, like a high-end villa, and delve into local life over two weeks or more, is gaining ground. Clients have a luxe home base with high-touch service, but they also feel like they’ve truly seen a region.” —Richard G. Edwards, Greenspot Travel

“A different perspective on game-viewing. The chance to have close yet safe encounters with wildlife remains one of Africa’s biggest draws, and destinations are constantly seeking new ways to do this without putting stress on the animals. Scenic helicopter flights are a wonderful way to see not just the wildlife but the mosaic of the landscape. Canoeing and horseback safaris are another way to change the pace, with no engine noise or exhaust fumes.” —Susan Neva, Alluring Africa

“Demand for small private cruises—like our ultra-luxe canal barges or vintage boutique barges—has skyrocketed in this next year thanks to their exclusivity. A floating ‘bubble’ with your own crew, similar to a yacht or villa rental with staff, shared privately with the familiar laughter of family or friends will always have a market but particularly in the coming years.” —Jill Jergel, Frontiers International Travel

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