When it comes to traveling, this year was all about creating unique experiences. Here’s a look at the trends dominating the travel industry this year, according to Virtuoso.
According to travel network Virtuoso, private residences and villas continue to increase in popularity for lodging options, with the spirit of ‘living like a local’ also picking up steam.
Brazil - home of the 2014 World Cup – is a destination everyone is talking about, says Virtuoso. Rio de Janeiro voted No. 6 in the “Cities That Excite” list from Virtuoso’s “2013 Travel Dreams Survey.”
Bringing art, television, music and books into travel is a big trend, according to Virtuoso. Travelers can now experience the place or time period of their favorite artists or characters.
Interest in improving health and remaining physically active, while on holiday has only continued to increase, the Virtuoso team points out. Companies are rolling out a series of new spa offerings, hypoallergenic rooms, and bespoke healing plans based on systems of health and longevity.
Finding what interests you and then deciding your destination is important, says the Virtuoso team. “Travel is deeply personal. Travelers more than ever can connect to a given destination by exploring their passions and interests.”
Locals know the best places to shop and where to find the top restaurants serving local food, and Virtuoso says hotels are catering to guests’ adventurous sides and providing them with authentic and localized experiences.
Distinctive trips were popular this year, so were cultural trips: a look at some of the biggest travel trends of 2013