Travel trends of 2018
It’s not surprising after all the parties, presents, glitz and festive cheer we’ve enjoyed over the last few weeks that January can feel like a very long month!
But one aspect that can help beat the blues is to focus on the fact that there’s 12 months stretching out in front of us so now’s the perfect time to start planning those all-important trips away!
With destination options seemingly never-ending, it’s sometimes hard to pin point where to go. In an attempt to help with your initial planning here are the Flexicover team's key travel trends for 2018.
We’ll be kinder to animals
Especially since the Blackfish documentary exposed conditions for orcas, there’s been a sharp dip in interest for activities that involve cruelty to animals – whether that’s water theme parks, circuses or experiences to post for a selfie with wild animals. It’s reported that 8 out of 10 holidaymakers are no longer interested in watching performing animals and now tour operators are responding by questioning their inclusion in package holidays. In April 2017, Thomas Cook became the first major UK holiday company to cancel suppliers if they didn’t meet welfare standards, so expect others to follow suit.
Check out Chile
Since 2014, visitor numbers to Chile have been rising by around 20 per cent, and this year heralds three major events that suggest its levels will spike: firstly, 2018 marks 200 years of independence for the South American country, meaning there will be plenty of celebrations going on. Secondly, new direct flights from London to its capital of Santiago means it’s more accessible than ever, and thirdly, it’s been picked as Lonely Planet’s top destination for 2018, ensuring more travellers than ever will check out the delights of Chile, which include the Andes, Patagonia and the Atacama Desert.
Campervan’s the plan
According to the numbers crunched by accommodation site Airbnb, there’s a sharp rise of interest in RVs or campervans – demand has grown by a massive 133 per cent in the last year. So more of us will be getting the keys to our travel and accommodation, then heading out on the open road for some unplanned, where-the-wind-blows adventures – especially useful to appreciate the beautiful scenery of places like France, Switzerland, Austria and the US. As a change from popular cities that can get busy and expensive at peak times, it’s a smart alternative.
The rise of screen tourism
One in ten UK holidaymakers say they’re likely to visit a place they’ve seen on the telly – that means over 4.5 million people are set to go on location in 2018. That’s no surprise given that extravagant budgets mean productions are going all over the world to find backdrops that bring their stories to life. Game of Thrones remains the most popular choice, with Northern Ireland, Croatia, Iceland and Seville on the bucket list. Sky’s next big drama Britannia is filmed in Wales and the Czech Republic, so expect to see a few fans heading there in search of the rustic forests and impressive cliffs seen on the show.
Even more travel!
The number of overseas holidays we’re taking has grown year on year, and that shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, while 67 per cent of travel companies predicted a growth in 2017, that’s significantly increased to 80 per cent for 2018 thanks in part to a minimal Brexit effect, a strong economy and our insatiable thirst for getting away from it all. The confidence bodes well for travellers – it means we can avail of new routes, competitive prices for flights, packages and hotels, and infrastructure investment from countries wanting to make our holidays as stress-free as possible.
So wherever your travel plans take you it’s good to know that Flexicover Travel Insurance is committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure you are safe and secure 24 hours a day.