Tourism

Solo trips and food photography: top travel trends for 2018

A big part of the joy of travelling comes from the planning and anticipation leading up to departure.

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These days, people are turning to social media to plan and find inspiration for their upcoming trips, and get new ideas about everything from cultural experiences to where to eat.

That’s why the Pinterest Travel Trend Report for 2018 is so interesting.

It gives insight into what people are searching and saving in relation to holiday and travel planning when it comes to where to go, how to get there, what to do and where to eat.

The report found that (unsurprisingly) people are VERY excited about long-weekends, both near and far, with an increase in interest of 167 per cent.

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Stopover sightseeing trips are up 90 per cent, with more people using them as a way to explore even more cities during their trips.

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The real stand out of the report, however, is the astronomical rise of interest in solo adventures, which are up a whopping 593 per cent.

Turns out, travellers feel less need to wait for travel companions to explore new lands.

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People are ditching big cities to discover small-town destinations, which are up 94 per cent, and secret spots which have gone up 83 per cent as people prefer to go off the beaten path.

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Eco-friendly hotels are on the rise, increasing by 125 per cent for people looking to minimise the footprint of their globe trotting.

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As for activities, food is fast becoming the main attraction, as restaurant guides climb 207 per cent, and dietary food guides have gone up 218 per cent for vegetarians and 183 per cent for vegans.

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Of course, foodie travel wouldn’t be the same without being able to share the experience, with food photography workshops climbing 207 per cent.

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Wellness also made major waves in 2017, with things like yoga retreats and forest bathing becoming more prominent and adventure activities on the rise, with interest in bike tours rising 142 per cent, and surf classes climbing 260 per cent in destinations like Bali. wellness


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