Bunnik Tours obviously spent their Christmas break gazing into their crystal ball, because they’ve come out with some ripper predictions for 2019.
From experiencing life like a local to ‘getting off the beaten track’, here’s what the tour package specialists have tipped to dominate the year to come.
Food, glorious food! Is there anything more exciting than discovering new flavours and unique dishes while on holiday?
Food breaks down cultural barriers by giving us tangible insights into different ways of life.
This year Bunnik expects the appetite for food experiences abroad will continue to grow.
Travellers will show substantial interest in holidays that incorporate cooking classes and food tours, which will help them to really connect with the locals and better understand their way of life.
Are your clients interested in foodie experiences?
During Bunnik’s Italian Discovery small group tour, travellers will visit the Langhe Region, famous for its wines and cheeses, to enjoy a traditional lunch before venturing into the woods to search for truffles.
Alternatively, their Kenya & Ethiopia small group tour offers a culinary walking tour of Addis Ababa, home to rich and delicious cuisine.
Experiencing the local culture
Travellers are looking to move away from generic ‘touristy’ activities in search of genuine and interactive experiences with the local people.
From enjoying a home cooked meal in a family’s home to participating in traditional ceremonies with villagers, these types of encounters can enrich a travel experience.
Are your clients interested in experiencing life like a local?
‘Dine with a Dane’ on Bunnik’s Scandinavian Discovery small group tour and visit a local family who will provide a delicious home cooked meal.
On their Kenya & Tanzania small group tour, travellers will enjoy a unique taste of Tanzanian culture on a visit to Mto wa Mbu, and authentic Tanzanian boma, where lunch will be enjoyed with the villagers.
Getting off the tourist trail
There are hidden treasures everywhere, even in the most popular and frequently visited destinations. Moving away from the tourist trail allows travellers to see a destination with fresh eyes and escape the big crowds. Experiencing ‘the path less travelled’ has become a popular travel trend in recent years, and we expect this to continue in 2019.
Do your clients want to try something new?
Walk along the ‘Rail Tracks of Hanoi’ and explore a rarely seen side of the city on Bunnik’s Vietnam in Depth small group tour.
Sleep among the animals at a basic campsite (with private bathroom facilities) in the middle of Moremi Game Reserve on their Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls small group tour.
Small group touring
No one enjoys waiting in long lines to get into touring vehicles and hotel lobbies. This can make a holiday feel more like a chore than, well, a holiday! Travellers are starting to move away from traditional large group coach tours, which come with many inconveniences. Instead, they are opting for small group tours that provide more time with guides, more space on the bus and more room to take in the spectacular views!