By Crystal McCormick
As the year winds down, and the holiday festivities fall behind us, you may be looking forward to what exciting new adventures the new year will hold. For those of us planning a vacation in 2018, there’s a whole lot more to consider than ever before.
From adrenaline-pumping excursions to paying tribute to the generations or lands that came before us, here are 5 Major Travel Trends to keep an eye on in 2018.
Researching your Roots
What if you could actually walk the same streets as your great-great grandfather, see the home where you father was born, or explore the old church where your grandparents got married?
Among the most popular travel trends right now, genealogy vacations are a great way to get in touch with your roots by visiting the places your ancestors lived. Whether visiting with local townsfolk in your ancestors’ hometown or taking a historical tour to learn more about your family’s origins, more travelers are turning to this trend for the perfect way to combine nostalgia and vacation.
Sustain and Thrill
The Rise of Sustainable Tourism
From recycling to carpooling, most of us try to be conscious of our carbon footprint in our everyday lives – so why not do the same while traveling?
The United Nations declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, which is why this travel trend may be here to stay, say experts. "Sustainable tourism is not a trend, it is a travel transformation," explains Matthew D. Upchurch, chairman and CEO of travel network Virtuoso.
In 2018, sustainable travel is all about making simple choices to lessen your negative impact on a given destination. So how do you do that? Simple, choose airlines with carbon offset programs, use local transportation during your getaway, support your destination’s local economy, and make sure that you book your stay at an environmental conscious resort like Palace Resorts.
3. Thrill-Seeking Travel
Seeking a little adventure for your next trip? You’re not alone, as more people are trading relaxing by the pool for heart-racing activities while vacationing.
Destinations like Jamaica offer perfect beaches, relaxing breezes, and cascading waterfalls, but also adventurous activities to make any level of thrill seeker happy.
If adrenaline-pumping water sports are your thing, Moon Palace Jamaica has you covered. From Stand Up Paddleboarding to windsurfing and kayaking, visiting Jamaica is sure to add a little extra adrenaline to your holiday.
Keeping It Healthy South of the Border
Taking your vacation to Mexico remains one of the hottest travel trends, and for good reason. Between the perfect beach weather, welcoming locals and luxury resorts, what’s not to love about traveling to Cancun or Los Cabos?
“Mexico continues to gain in popularity as it offers colonial cities with culture, architecture, and history; the beauty of nature; and a complete cutoff from the ‘real world,“ explains travel expert Lisa Sheldon to the Travel Market Report.
It’s safe to say that word has gotten out on everything Mexico, and Cancun in particular, has to offer. Cancun became the strongest growing destination in all of the Americas according to the Top 100 City Destination Ranking revealed at the World Travel Market London in 2017.
Keep it Healthy
Gone are the days of throwing all of your healthy habits out the window when vacationing. Instead, folks are not only staying on point with diet and exercise during their getaway, but they’re even seeking out wellness-based vacays as an opportunity to prioritize mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.
And with choices like Palace Resorts promising their guests a wellness vacation, complete with spas, yoga, exercise, and more – keeping up with a healthy lifestyle has never been easier for a traveler.