If you’re a luxury traveler, then you’re most likely discovering places that are not always on the traditional itinerary list. You’re the one who loves to immerse yourself into the culture and traditions to really feel like a local. And of course, you cannot travel somewhere unless you’re in business or first class.
So if you’re a luxury traveler, here are some trends and recommendations for the upcoming year:
Discover Disappearing Places
Unfortunately, there are destinations that are changing quickly and even close to disappearing. Here are some areas that are facing extinction, and are the ones that should be at the top of your list:
• Lady Musgrave Island: located on The Great Barrier Reef, this island is a natural phenomenon that’s also a World Heritage Zone. Due to coral bleaching, pollution and ocean temperature changes, the reefs may only be around for another 100 years.
• The Seychelles Archipelago: located in the Indian Ocean, this cluster of islands is one of the most beautiful islands on Earth. Sadly, they are seeing a large amount of coral die-off, as well as beach deterioration due to rising waters. In 50 to 100 years, Seychelles will be completely submerged.
• Madagascar Forests: Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, but more than 80 percent of its forests are gone because of deforestation. It’s home to rare plant and animal species that are not found anywhere else in the world, but this rainforest may only be around for only 35 more years.
When you’re heading onto your next destination, the trend for 2017 is to be active. For instance, you can go on an African safari, go swim with sharks (whale sharks, of course), hike up to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal, or set on a four-day trek on horseback in Mongolia.
It’s about going beyond the ordinary and experiencing the extraordinary. Step out of your comfort zone!
Splurge on a Luxurious Experience
Exclusivity and private are trending in travel right now. You don’t have to book a private jet to get you to your next destination, but consider a private city tour or your own chauffeur. If you’re traveling with a companion, why not rent a villa? You can also charter a yacht and cruise the grounds of the Grenadines or St. Martin. Nonetheless, the trend is to feel like a star even if it’s only for a short amount of time.
Eat Locally, Everywhere
This can apply to anyone (regardless if you’re a luxury traveler or not). But the only way you can really experience a culture is to eat what the locals eat. This doesn’t only mean that you should dine at a world-class restaurant. We also recommend you to check out cooking classes in the area you’re in, walk through and buy some produce at farmers markets, or even book an in-home dining experience at a chef’s house (available across multiple cities all over the world).
Nowadays, travelers are looking for new territory to discover and experience in a more customized way. In fact, the United Nations has named 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, so why not make next year the year to really travel in luxury. And if you’re looking to get there in comfort for less, let us help you book your next ticket in business or first class.