Let’s have a look at the top travel trends in 2017, as per the Virtuoso Luxe Report, see here.
The top trends are:
1. Multi-generational travel
2. Active or adventure trips
3. River cruising
4. Travel with immediate family
5. Celebration travel.
Let’s have a look at these trends below.
Of course, there are many ways to combine these trends. I have some notes below about Disney and multi-generational families going to celebrate a retirement or a milestone anniversary. I also have upcoming trips with clients this March break to celebrate high school graduation – such as doing a family safari to Africa, or going to Galapagos. How many ways to combine. Perhaps an Amazon River Cruise with your grandparents to celebrate your 50th birthday is a way to do all 5 trends together?
Last week’s newsletter focused on top cruising destinations of 2017 — see top cruising .
And,the week’s prior focused on top emerging destinations of 2017 – see emerging destinations
And here were the trips/ ideas I touched on in the 12 shopping days from Dec.13-Dec.24:
12 days had Adventure Canada‘s Sable Island cruise+ more, see here
11 days had Rocky Mountaineer June 19th GoldLeaf train & tour: see here
10 days had Crystal Cruises – particularly highlighting 4 deals -see here
9 days had Morocco with On the Go Tours – see here
8 days had travel with a foodie flair – see here
7 days had bike & barge/ sail – see here
6 days had Viking River Cruise – see here
5 days had walking & wine travel – see here
4 days had sun getaways – see here
3 days had Patagonia – see here
Disney for Family Celebrations
Mickey still attracts.
This week alone, I’ve been dealing with grandparents taking their multi-generational family to Disney for a holiday, and parents taking their adult children to Disney to celebrate a parent’s milestone birthday, or mom and dad’s big anniversary. Families want to get away together, and celebrate being together.
I’m a graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge, and have to update my education every year. I’ve been to Disney on Virtuoso travel trips (staying at off-site Disney hotels like Waldorf Orlando and Ritz Carlton Grand Lakes and Loews Portofino.) I’ve stayed at the Four Seasons Orlando to celebrate my own daughter’s sweet sixteen. I’ve been to Walt Disney World 26 times now – as a young couple, being pregnant, with a toddler, and with tweens and teens. I know the ins and outs. I’ve also been to Disneyland. I’ve taken Disney Cruises with extended family. I get the appeal. Disney knows how to do family travel up right.
And I know Disney.
Here are a couple of my family’s snaps.
Family Adventure Travel
Family adventure travel is on the rise. See https://www.exodustravels.com/ca/family-holidays?setcountry=CA
Would you like to take your family to Costa Rica? How about doing a cycling bike and barge trip in Italy or France? Why not hike to Machu Picchu?
I am a family travel and adventure travel expert. I spend time getting to know you and what’s important to you, so I can recommend the best holiday and source the best partner for you.
Contact me to arrange the best holiday for you.
Tauck’s New Offers
Best of the Best
Tauck has recently announced that they will price their trips in Canadian departures starting in 2018. Yay!
We can do all 5 trends with Tauck – they specialize in both Tauck Bridges (family travel) and river cruising – they are awesome for active and adventure travel (with Tauck Small Ships and Tauck Multi-curious trips), and they do celebration travel up right. How about a trip to Antarctica or Galapagos or Africa?
I am a certified Tauck advisor – so, I’m one of a handful of experts in Tauck travel in the world. Contact me to find out why I love this 90+ year old US company that doesn’t advertise, but has a huge repeat client factor. How you see the world matters.
For now, Tauck is still in USD. But – they’ve just announced two offers that will help:
1. for Canadians, booking over the next month, we have gotten an extension on the two free nights offer. Contact me for details, but if you want a Tauck trip, we can get you two free nights pre or post, or one pre and one post, with 2017 trips. There are some conditions, and this can’t be combined with other offers, but, if you’re going to Prauge, two free nights at the Four Seasons is awfully enticing! Contact me.
2. flat rate for European economy air – Tauck has a limited offer for European travel to give you a flat rate for economy air – contact me for details.
Contact me to arrange the best holiday for you.
Here are some terrific options to explore Virtuoso Active & Specialty Travel partners in 2017″s top destinations.
1. Lindblad Expeditions – Galapagos
2. Big Five – Precious Journeys: College Edition
3. Tauck River Cruises – Musical Magic on the Danube
4. Tauck Tours – Why Tauck Bridges
5. International Expeditions – Amazon River Cruise
Please let me know where you’d like to go in 2017! Of course, I love the partners and trips I’m profiling below, but that doesn’t mean they are necessarily the right fit for you. Give me a call, let’s go over your needs and interests, and how you like to travel, and we’ll work together on a plan to find the perfect trip for you.
Remember, there is a role for a travel advisor in the digital age. Give a listen to my interview with Carol Anne Meehan of 1310 radio in Ottawa from last month. http://www.1310news.com/2016/11/29/carol-anne-meehan-show-november-29-200-300/
Reach out! I will work with you to leverage the right trend for your perfect holiday.