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Exciting Travel Trends Emerging in 2023

Travel in 2022 was a train wreck. With thousands of flight delays and cancellations, to the ‘global lost luggage crisis’, the travel industry’s post-Covid recovery had some serious hiccups. But Americans are experiencing a bad case of wanderlust, resulting in some cool and exciting travel trends that are shaping the industry in 2023:

1. Sustainable Travel: There is a growing emphasis on environmentally friendly and socially responsible travel. Travelers are increasingly seeking out eco-friendly accommodations, supporting local communities, and opting for sustainable transportation options.

2. Wellness Tourism: Travelers are prioritizing their well-being and seeking out experiences that promote relaxation, rejuvenation, and self-care. Wellness retreats, spa vacations, yoga and meditation retreats, and nature-based activities are gaining popularity.

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3. Digital Nomadism: The rise of remote work has led to the emergence of digital nomads—people who work remotely while traveling. This trend has created a demand for destinations with co-working spaces, reliable Wi-Fi, and a vibrant community for remote workers.

4. Bleisure Travel: The blending of business and leisure travel, known as "bleisure," is becoming increasingly popular. Travelers are extending their business trips to include leisure activities and exploring new destinations.

5. Experiential Travel: Travelers are shifting their focus from material possessions to collecting meaningful experiences. They seek immersive and authentic experiences that allow them to connect with local cultures, traditions, and cuisines.

6. Micro-cations: Shorter, more frequent trips known as "micro-cations" are gaining popularity. People are opting for weekend getaways or shorter breaks to explore nearby destinations and make the most of their limited time off.

7. Adventure and Outdoor Travel: Travelers are embracing outdoor activities and adventure tourism. Hiking, trekking, kayaking, camping, wildlife safaris, and adrenaline-pumping experiences like zip-lining and bungee jumping are sought-after by adventure enthusiasts.

whitewater kayaking, sea kayak

8. Slow Travel: Slow travel encourages travelers to take their time and immerse themselves in the local culture. It involves spending more time in a single destination, exploring off-the-beaten-path locations, and engaging in deeper connections with the local community.

“With travel predicted to pass pre-pandemic levels this summer, travelers need to be aware that while airlines are hiring and training more employees, they’ll still need to be prepared for disruptions. Patience is key, especially when there are flight delays,” says Deanna Wolff, travel advisor and owner at Wolff World Travel.

The great news is that the sky is literally the limit. Travelers around the globe are feeling more optimistic about traveling in 2023 and with so many different types of travel to choose from, they can embark on any journey that their little ol’ heart desires that's within their budget!


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