I try to see trends as something pretty positive. Many people may not want to fall into established paths to follow, but if something becomes famous, it definitely because of something. Every trend has something that catches your attention in the most entertaining way. These next sustainable travel trends for 2018 will have you hooked on for the entire year. Let’s begin!
1. Tree-Houses in the Middle of the Jungle
If you’re used to living in a big city, immersing into the jungle can be quite an experience for you. This travel trend has become the most popular from mid 2017 to now, where lots of authentic experiences offer you to blend with nature in the most alternative way. One of the best things about this is that your journey will be completely sustainable and usually, you get to learn about your surroundings, about how the forest can provide you with everything you need for surviving. Respecting local communities, its fauna, flora and economy becomes a must for you to enjoy a tree-house experience at its best.
2. Winter-Focused Tourism
This might not seem like a trend, but it actually is. Everybody knows that most of the travelers are more willing to head to warmer climates for a few days or weeks off. This was the case until 2018, when experiences that are more focused on snow and supporting smaller communities are starting to rise in the travel industry. Destinations like Finland, the Siberian Arctic or Iceland appear in many travelers’ bucket list, including winter sports, visiting traditional campsites, fishing with locals… The goal is to learn from them, from the way they live and support their everyday activities, which don’t usually have an impact on the environment since they all are blended with their nature and surroundings. An out-of-the-beaten-path adventure is 100% guaranteed!
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3. Vegan Travel
If you’ve never heard of it, you might guess what this is just by the name. Food is one of the industries that have the biggest negative impact on the planet. A vegan produces half of the footprint of an omnivore. So this is why 2018 travelers are very into heading to countries that offer a wide range of vegan and vegetarian options, making of the “food experience” their main focus. Great starting options are Italy, France and especially, India, where 500 million citizens are vegetarian. You definitely won’t feel lonely in your vegan adventure! Just look for the smallest family-run restaurants and that is where you’ll find the best flavours and options.
4. Culinary Tours
If you want an option that is not so narrowed-down, sign up for a culinary trip. This might be a really nice experience for a foodie or just a traveler who wants to discover a country throughout its food. In these sorts of trips, local markets are a big part of the journey and that is so cool! I’ve always mentioned in the blog how markets are the perfect place to immerse into a new culture and lifestyle. You’re helping develop smaller economies by buying their products, which tend to come from their own harvests and local guides are also an important part of your culinary journey. They are the ones who know all of the secrets about the place you’re visiting. By hiring them, you’re giving a bit more back to the community while trying amazing food.
5. Yoga Trips
As simple as that. Yoga is right now a big trend all around the world, so people want to focus their trips in getting better at it and reconnecting with themselves for a few days. No phones, Internet or work issues allowed. This kind of spiritual travel (than can be easily adapted to any discipline you’re into) takes place in retreat quiet places for you to unplug from literally everything and just focus on yourself. The activities you do here are very related to nature and spiritualism, so they are not harmful whatsoever for the environment. The diet is usually pretty basic and believe me, this is a soul-healer for many travelers who wish to disconnect and enjoy simple routines and lifestyle.
6. Cultural and Experiential Travel
Industries like the travel sector are always evolving. And this is why you get to see drastic changes in patterns like millennials looking for truly authentic immersive experiences as a way of traveling. Young people are willing to discover how other cultures live, in which ways we are different from people our same age on the other side of the world (or wherever you’re traveling to). Cultural hotspots, very specific festivals and activities that allow travelers to understand other realities are totally in at the moment. Living for a few weeks in the Amazon, experiencing the Northern Lights from your tiny cabins or living as locals do in small villages in Thailand, Philippines and Nepal are a few examples. The direct benefit your trip has in local communities is what makes of this trend a very sustainable option for 2018.
7. Volunteering at Local Communities
Which doesn’t mean “voluntourism”. You should be clear on this. Around one million young people (mostly) from all around the world have traveled in 2017 for volunteering purposes. They might want to expand their knowledge about other cultures, get to know exotic places or fill their gap years. This trend is so beneficial for all parts involved, if it’s done in the right way. This is so important. The goal here is to help developing communities achieve specific projects for the improvement of their daily life and society. The goal is not to entertain travelers, making them stay for ten days or two weeks just so they can get a glimpse of what’s going on around the area and then go away. It’s great that you have set your humanitarian objectives and, of course, you can mix it with traveling. Just be aware of doing things properly. Here you have an article about how to avoid “voluntourism” in case you’re interested in the subject.