Consumers across the world no longer favor mindless consumption, and the travel industry is no exception. As global awareness about the need for environmental sustainability is increasing, travelers worldwide are setting new eco-friendly travel trends this year. Tourists are moving away from over-explored destinations and are taking the offbeat path. Also, responsible tourism is on the rise.
Here is a look at the hottest trends expected to dominate the tourism scenario in 2020.
TIME’s Person of the Year and renowned environmental activist Greta Thunberg made the world aware of the adverse environmental effects of taking flights frequently. Responsible travelers have begun to think on the lines of availing greener modes of transport like trains and even sailboats. Reducing the carbon footprint has become a pressing concern. Issues like recycling, reduction in the use of single-use plastics, sourcing food locally are becoming prominent factors behind travel decisions. People are migrating towards accommodations and transport services that offer greener options.
Referred by some as Spartan Holidays, travelers around the world are increasingly turning to the concept of a digital detox by incorporating minimalist lifestyle principles into traveling. As per this trend, you travel light and carry only analog accessories. The idea is to cut yourself off from the digital world so that you can connect better with nature around, and with your inner self. The popularity of forest micro-hotels and nomadic yurts as accommodations are on the rise. More and more people are showing a preference for getting away from the constant din of urban life and spend some peaceful moments in the lap of nature.
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Veganism is no longer a fringe lifestyle. It has become the preferred way of life for many people worldwide. Vegan Society claims that if the world chose to go meat-free, greenhouse gases would surely reduce. The impact of veganism on tourism is also on the rise. To cater to the need for travelers who reject meat and animal products, hotels are redesigning their in-house restaurant menus to offer more vegan selections. Specially designed vegan hotels exclude silk, wool, and feather in their furnishings.
Senior-traveler adventure tours
Gone are the days when tours for seniors translated into pilgrimage or journeys to laidback destinations. With more people becoming conscious about fitness, people over the age of 60 are no longer shunning a bit of an adrenaline rush. Hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, zip-lining, paragliding, and even whitewater rafting are some of the adventure sports that the seniors are savoring on their tours. Adventure trips involving wildlife safaris, whale-watching excursions, hot-air balloon rides, steamboat cruises, and tours to sea-caves are also becoming popular among them.
Another popular trend that the tourism industry is set to witness in 2020 is traveling to unconventional destinations like Norway, Krabi in Thailand, Scandinavia, Khonsa in India, and more. People want to avoid the crush of tourists and enjoy a few days of solitude seeking spiritual bliss.
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