Travel Trends

Compliments of the festive season to you all! With the end of the year almost upon us everyone’s eyes are gradually turning towards a nice long holiday to reward ourselves for making it through the toil of another year.
It’s likely these holiday plans will also include some travel, either around this beautiful country or abroad to sip fruity cocktails beside a pool somewhere. Some hardy souls even clearly enjoyed the winter so much they’re heading off to another winter in the northern hemisphere! But what is everyone expecting from their travels next year? Have our expectations as travellers changed?
A new survey of 2500 travellers from around the world apparently has the answers. We’re going to take an average of 3 holidays each next year, and keeping germs at bay is a top concern for many. Not only do 55% of travellers say they wash their hands more often when travelling, but more than a quarter take their own cleaning supplies with them for extra cleanliness.
Even with the minimum holiday allowance in this country being raised to 4 weeks from next year, it seems that just isn’t enough. Almost half of travellers thought they needed 6 weeks or more (no surprises there perhaps!). Despite this it seems some of us aren’t actually using our annual allowance anyway; a third of Americans didn’t use all their holidays in the past year.
It also seems we like to let our hair down even more, with almost a quarter of travellers agreeing that they dressed more provocatively on holiday. Whether these travellers are comprised mainly of those going to Ibiza wasn’t mentioned in the survey however!
So what do you think about these trends – do you agree? What big changes do you think we’ll see (or you’d like to see) in travel next year? We’d really like to know what you think. Feel free to add your thoughts using the feedback boxes below.
And because it’s the festive season, how about a bad Christmas joke to finish on?
A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. "But why," they asked, as they moved off. "Because", he said, "I can't stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer."
Until next time, have a wonderful Christmas and a happy and safe holiday