Top Fall 2018 Travel Trends
Oct 24, 2018
Does a fall adventure sound appealing to you?
As summer comes to an end and the leaves begin to change, so do our travel priorities. Summers are often spent relaxing on the beach, while fall travel tends to be more destination-focused.
Based on insight from travel industry experts, like our very own CEO Justin Tysdal, we’ve outlined some of the top travel trends for fall 2018. We hope you’ll get some great ideas for your upcoming adventures. As always, it’s important to protect yourself when traveling. Check out our trip insurance and travel medical policy options before you plan your next getaway!
Off the beaten path
Gone are the days of daydreaming about the top tourist hot spots like Rome and Paris. Instead, travelers with European urges are packing their bags and venturing off the beaten path to less-traveled destinations like Budapest, Prague, Croatia, and more.
These exciting and unique places allow travelers to venture outside their comfort zones and learn more about the less touted, but just as fascinating destinations Europe has to offer. With weather forecasts similar to fall in the United States, this season is the perfect time to pack your bags and take the road less traveled.
The definition of adventure can differ based on the type of traveler you are. Adrenaline junkies are all about finding their next thrill, while foodies are wrapped up in taste-testing their way through the day. With niche travel on the rise, there are plenty of options for you to find a trip that allows you to explore your interests.
In order to get the most out of their trip, many travelers who are focused on specific types of travel seek organized tours to guide them through their destination. These pre-set excursions offer an inside look at destinations that allow you to get the most out of your trip in a short amount of time.
In honor of Halloween, an old travel trend has re-emerged: dark tourism. Travelers interested in this type of trip include offbeat adventurers who enjoy visiting destinations with a sometimes gruesome past. These often-ghostly destinations offer a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the good kind of scary when traveling internationally.
Historic destinations like the Catacombs of Paris are a great option for fearless travelers. Home to the remains of six million people, the Catacombs is a burial place located underneath the city. And while it’s not a likely destination for the faint of heart, there is a great deal of interesting history here that would appeal to many.
What could be spookier than a haunted castle? Travelers to Germany who are into spooky dwellings need to include Burg Wolfsegg Castle on their list of destinations. As one of Germany’s most famous haunted castles, it has an interesting story. Legend has it that the owner killed his wife after he learned she was having an affair, and there are reports of a woman who walks the halls of the castle still today.
Traveling with a spouse, friend, or family member can sometimes cause you to compromise on what you want to do on your trip, so many people are changing up their plans to travel solo. In recent years, solo-travel has become more and more popular, especially among millennials. According to travel company Intrepid, more than 50% of people on their tours travel by themselves and love it!
And with improved technology and online travel guides, solo travel is easier than it’s ever been. Take the time to find yourself in a new place, learn about a new culture, and meet new people on your next solo adventure.
Waiting for winter
If you think it’s too late for you to plan a fall get-away, consider winter travel. According to a recent survey from Australian airline Qantas, nearly 80 percent of U.S. travelers would consider taking a long-distance international trip during winter, with only half of those travelers (47 percent) seeking a change in climate.
Spend your holiday experiencing a new culture and celebrate like the locals do. Seasonal festivals, like the Strawberry Fields Festival in Victoria, Australia or Quebec City’s Winter Carnival — the largest and most popular winter gathering in the world — last for extended periods of time and bring in millions of dollars in tourism revenue. Did you know that Canada is also one of the top travel destinations in the world right now due to its variety of city life, great outdoors, and deeply rooted history? If Canada sounds appealing, you can learn more about Canadian travel here.
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