These are 2019's biggest travel trends

From new luxury to pop culture-inspired trips - this is how we are going to travel in the new year, according to the experts.

More of us will be looking to deep dive into local cuisines at our travel destinations
  • Rachel Gray
  • January 2019

Forget New Year’s resolutions, it’s time to set some serious travel goals instead. To help you along, five industry experts from around the world have forecasted how we’re going to holiday this year. Here’s what they had to say…

Pop culture tourism is gaining popularity

“More people will travel to destinations where their favourite movies or television series are filmed. There are now location tours for cult and major movies and television shows or you can research your own celluloid trails online before you go.”
– Angus Kidman, Finder.com opens in new window

Travelling to popular film locations - such as Hobbiton in New Zealand - is becoming popular.
Travelling to popular film locations - such as Hobbiton in New Zealand - is becoming popular.

#MeToo will hit the road

“Travel will become a way to empower women in developing countries. With 2018 being all about the Me Too movement, people this year will look for opportunities to make a real difference through the products they buy and the places they travel to. More women will head to developing countries to support local women.”
– James Thornton, Intrepid Travel opens in new window

The idea of “luxury” has changed

“Travellers in the luxury sector will seek more experience, more sensation and more in general. The desire for deeper experiences is complemented by the rise of a small, closely knit band of counter-consumers adhering to the motto of ‘less is more’.”
– Jinou Park, Design Hotels opens in new window

Private heli tours can be booked in Kilauea, Hawaii.
Private heli tours can be booked in Kilauea, Hawaii.

Japan is the new go-to destination

“Aussies will get better acquainted with Japan. The Land of the Rising Sun is set to saturate our screens with the Rugby World Cup in September followed by the Summer Olympics in 2020. This will see travel to Japan by Australians deepen.”
– James Thornton, Intrepid Travel opens in new window

Japan will be on everyone's mind.
Japan will be on everyone's mind.

Boutique hotels are in

“This year is all about the rise of smaller hotels. Guests are now looking for ultra-immersive experiences that will help them grow as people or as a family. Resorts are becoming less about pampering and more about connecting with the people around you and your environment.”
– Lexi Shuttleworth, Lightfoot Travel opens in new window

It’s all about unique experiences

“The elite traveller now thirsts for unique and memorable experiences rather than holidays centred on splashing cash. So, with growing interest in gaining access to new, unseen places and unusual environments, destinations, experiences and events that tell a story will be big business.”
– Lexi Shuttleworth, Lightfoot Travel opens in new window

Travellers are increasingly seeking out unseen places - such as the lost ruins of Cambodia's Ta Prom Temple.
WHERE AND WHAT IS THE TREND?

Cooking classes are heating up

“Curious about local cuisines, travellers want to learn about regional ingredients and dishes, and maybe even assemble them in the kitchen of a local, to then replicate back home for dinner party guests.”
– James Thornton, Intrepid Travel opens in new window

The wellness travel sector will continue to grow

“More travellers are seeking to boost their personal wellbeing while on holiday, whether it’s going on a spa retreat or hitting the road on a cycling trip. They’re not just holidaying to relax but to improve their health and increase their fitness.”
– Lexi Shuttleworth, Lightfoot Travel opens in new window

Breathe in, breath out at a wellness retreat.
Breathe in, breath out at a wellness retreat.

Ethical travel is the way to go

“Giving back to communities holiday-makers visit is going to be huge this year. For example, planting jackfruit and mango trees bought from local farmers in Cambodia is just one of the activities offered by tour organisers with a conscience.”
– Natalie James, On The Go Tours opens in new window