Whether you are planning a trip in the new year or just daydreaming, these 2018 travel trends are sure to make your wayfaring heart swoon.
Ever since Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love was published, solo travel has gained popularity, especially among female travelers. While some destinations are certainly safer to travel solo to than others, with Ker & Downey, the world is at your fingertips. Private guides and luxury transfers ensure you are safe, no matter where you are in the world – whether it’s your own journey of self-discovery through Italy, India, and Indonesia or a dream trip on a solo African safari.
Not only will multi-generational travel be popular in 2018, but we’re going to see a rise in Skip-Gen (when the grandparents take the grandchildren on vacation) travel too. Now more than ever, families are looking to make meaningful connections with either other and opting for experiences over material items. The most important thing to consider when traveling with multiple generations is the accessibility of experiences everyone in the family can enjoy. We understand that while you want to bond with your family, sometimes planning with so many considerations brings extra anxiety. That’s where we come in. Simply share your desires with us and we’ll handle the rest – from coordinating flights for everyone in the family to making sure even the youngest travelers are well looked after.
Raise your hand if you saw Murder on the Orient Express. Us too. And with the exception of the whole murder situation, it had us dreaming of the bygone era of luxury train travel (while simultaneously hoping we never find ourselves on a train with Hercule Poirot). Whether it’s a day trip or a multi-day journey, sometimes the best way to see the world is by rail, slowing down to see the countryside in comfort and style.
In 2017, we saw the majority of our clients travel to more than one country on their journey. In fact, 57% combined two to three countries on their Ker & Downey journey and 11% combined four to five. That’s not a trend we see slowing down anytime soon. With all the planning involved in pulling off a seamless multi-country journey without headaches, you’ll want to use a Luxury Travel Expert. Not only can they find the best deals, they can offer true, authentic cultural experiences in each destination because of their relationships built with the locals from years of personal travel and experience.
Bring back the great American road trip and all its nostalgia – America’s national parks are calling this year in a big way. Besides hiking in some of the most pristine landscapes, the “Wild West” is home to some of our backyard’s uniquely-American activities: canyoneering in Zion National Park, soaking in Yellowstone’s colorful hot springs, stargazing in Montana’s big sky country, and the American Five (grizzlies, moose, bison, mountain lions, and wolves). If a road trip doesn’t conjure up happy childhood memories for you, we’ve got you covered with our Majestic Masterpieces journey. On it you’ll see four of America’s National Parks, traveling by private jet.
In 2018, travelers will be seeking out adventure travel destinations that offer authentic local experiences and interactions. To make the most of your holiday, you’ll want to use a trusted Luxury Travel Expert to make sure your trip offers the memorable, out-of-the-box adventures you’re seeking – from trusted favorites like the Australian Outback and Iceland’s glaciers to the new adventure frontier. And for true adventure travelers, you can expect Antarctica to really have its moment this year.
Glamping – for those of us who really want to be outdoorsy people but we just aren’t. Luckily there is no shortage of luxury tented properties around the world for us to commune with nature without actually “being in nature.” Slow down, unwind, get close to nature without sacrificing creature comforts and life’s little luxuries like crisp linens and soaking tubs.