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Top 12 travel trends in vogue for 2018!
While an extremely old industry, trends in travel are changing at an extremely fast pace, especially when it comes to adopting new forms of technology.

Therefore, the trends that we can expect in 2018 will be unique, innovative and the latest in technology!

1. Leisure travel mixed with business travel

Business Travels

With business travel on the rise and countries becoming more accessible, travellers today prefer to combine business and leisure for increased convenience. Therefore, travel agencies will see more of quick vacations, customized tours and travel plans dictated by factors like proximity, availability of time, etc.

2. Women-only tours

Women only Tours

Indicating a major shift in the industry, solo women travellers are fast becoming the norm as women are venturing outside their comfort zone, and are willing to experiment more with destinations, experiences and activities. Hence, this is a sector that has major scope for growth in the coming year.

3. Experiential travel

Experiences will be the cornerstone of travel in 2018. For travellers today, travel is all about the people you meet and the experiences you have and this will just increase in 2018. For instance, swimming with the pigs in Bahamas or chasing the Northern Lights in Finland.

4. Cultural travel

Cultural Travel

Along with experiential travel, travellers are also looking at really getting close to a country's culture. As a result, home stays and boutique hotels are becoming increasingly popular, and travellers are increasingly tailoring their vacations around specific festivals, cultural hotspots and unique experiences.

5. Luxury is on the rise

Luxury Travels

While luxury has always been a major travel segment, it's just going to increase in 2018. From first class suites on planes to themed getaways, spa vacations, exotic destinations, unique experiences, this is a segment that will never go out of fashion, especially with the constant increase in spending power.

6. Technology and AI

With the scope of technology increasing by leaps and bounds, it stands to reason that it would also have an impact on the travel industry. As a result, the industry will be seeing an increase in technology being used for various applications like travel bookings, communicating locally and ease of local travel. For instance, there's a particular airline that's investing in a Siri-like AI to communicate with travellers to put together a personalized travel plan for each person. That personalization would be bolstered by analysis of interactions with other travellers and large data sets about preferences.

7. Maturing markets

Come 2018, and travel markets that were on the bottom of every bucket list are slowly coming to the top, mainly due to the rise in economic stability of the country and the constant search for new and unique experiences. These destinations include China, Japan and Africa.

8. Quick getaways

In addition to long vacations, quick, weekend getaways have also become the norm, with travellers opting for undiscovered locations close to home, that can be covered in a couple of days. In this way, they get a chance to unwind amidst a very busy schedule, and gain a new perspective of their hometown.

9. Staycations

Staycations have become quite a popular trend and many travellers have trended in the direction of sticking around locally to enjoy their vacation time. In this way, they get a chance to enjoy their vacation in peace, without any time spent in travelling and without having to worry about lengthy itineraries.

10. Sustainable tourism

With the increase in social accountability and travellers increasingly coming to terms with the effect of certain activities on the environment, sustainable travel is increasingly becoming a part of the travel mainstream. When people think about sustainability in travel they often only think about the green footprint aspect, but it goes much deeper than that to also embrace support for the protection of cultural and natural heritage, along with social and economic benefits for local people in destinations throughout the world.

11. Voluntourism

Volunteering is getting an entirely new identity with voluntourism, a growing trend in travel today, with more than 1.6 million volunteer tourists travelling each year, most of them are students looking to fill their gap years or professionals interested in making a difference. With this, travelers are looking to make a difference across various communities, specifically in developing countries.

12. Adventure travel

Adventure Travel

With travellers getting increasingly adventurous on their trips, there is no experience that's off limits today. Whether it's surfing, parasailing, bungee jumping, snorkelling, spelunking, kayaking, kite boarding, trekking, hiking or any other sport, adventure has become a watchword for the travel industry.

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