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Travel Trends: What Trips are in Store for Your 2020?
1/1/2020 1:00:00 PM
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Is seeing more of the world one of your New Year’s resolutions? As you consider travel plans for this year, here’s a rundown of vacation trends you should expect to see in 2020. Which trends match the resolutions on your travel list?

Flight Shame

Aviation emissions are growing by 6% per year, causing people to be more aware of their travel carbon footprint. Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg brought attention to a term for it — flygskam — which translates to flight shame, when she crossed the Atlantic in a sailboat. While that may not be your idea of a vacation, Lake Charles locals are fortunate to live within an easy drive of two major cruise ports — Galveston and New Orleans — making it easy to avoid the airport while still escaping somewhere exotic.

Avoiding Overtourism 

It’s everyone’s travel nightmare. Your dream trip turns out to be everyone else’s as well and ends up being an overcrowded disappointment. How to find that authentic off-the-radar destination? Look a little further. 

Dreaming of a tropical island? There are 26 different island nations in the Caribbean, but many are largely unheard of. Want to avoid hordes of cruise ship passengers? Set a course for one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets . . . the tiny Southern Caribbean island nation of Grenada. Natural beauty abounds, from white sand beaches to lush mountains and tropical waterfalls.

Have your sights on Spain? Many visitors never make it past Barcelona, Bilbao, or Madrid, but some of the country’s most interesting finds are outside the major cities. Check out the captivating, cobblestoned medieval town of Olite, near the northern border with France, in one of Spain’s oldest winemaking regions.

Road Trip!

Road trips are surging in popularity, according to the 2019-2020 Portrait of American Travelers Survey, conducted by hospitality marketing firm MMGY Global. Not only for budget-minded families; millennials are also embracing the flexibility of having their own car.

GPS technology makes it easier than ever to explore foreign destinations by car. Hertz Europe’s "Voyage a la Francaise” gets travelers off the beaten path in the classic French sportscar, the Alpine A110. Travelers easily navigate the French countryside with Hertz custom itineraries and Hertz Connect, which provides your car with an unlimited wi-fi hot spot for several phones, as well as unlimited local and international calls. 

Educational Excursions

Instead of bringing home souvenirs, imagine bringing home a new skill. How about learning to scuba dive? Both Sandals and Beaches resorts, found throughout the Caribbean, offer free scuba diving. Sandals are adults-only properties, while Beaches is the gold standard for all-inclusive kid-friendly resorts.

New to scuba? A short $100 resort course in the Sandals and Beaches scuba practice pool will have you diving that day and allow you one complimentary dive per day throughout your trip. Stay for at least six nights at Sandals and they’ll wave the $100 fee. Want to get certified? Take the 8-hour Professional Association of Diving Instructors course on-line before your trip and you can leave vacation with your diver’s card. Sandals has certified more than 100,000 divers at their resorts, so they’re pros. Certified divers get two complimentary dives per day during their trip. 

Or maybe you want to improve your tennis game? Choose a resort with first-rate instructors, like The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, this sprawling resort has frescoed ceilings, gilded furnishings and Rolls Royces out front. Amidst all this opulence and Lily Pulitzer clad staff are ten beautifully landscaped tennis courts. Choose private lessons ($125 per half hour) or group clinics ($70).

Culinary tourism

The Portrait of American Travelers Survey also says food is driving vacation decisions. Travel choices often start with getting a reservation at that Michelin-starred restaurant on your list. Travelers also seek authentic experiences like street food, farmers markets and food trucks. 

Chicago tops every food lovers bucket list. Board the Chicago Pizza Bus for a 3.5-hour tour that includes behind-the-scenes kitchen tours, in-depth pizza history and plenty of slices. Of course, there’s more to Chicago than deep-dish pizza. Chicago’s also known for steak restaurants, a nod to its meat-packing history. One long-time favorite is Lawry’s, located in an opulent 1890’s mansion just off Michigan Avenue. Chefs in white starched uniforms wheel their massive silver carts to the dining room, carving prime rib tableside. Looking for vegan or vegetarian? Book a table at True Food Kitchen. Hungry for budget-friendly options? Head over to hipster neighborhood Wicker Park for a $12 bowl of ramen noodles at Kinton Ramen. 

You can’t leave the Windy City without having an evening cocktail at a rooftop bar. Head to the 26th floor of the Virgin Hotel, order your favorite beverage and drink in views of Chicago’s skyline at Cerise.

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