As it does every year, Airbnb is starting to compile travel trends.
Trends mean followers, which essentially mean people, which most travellers probably want less of on their holiday. Which makes Airbnb’s travel trends a perfect forecast of what to avoid in 2020.
Unless, of course, you truly enjoy doing what everyone else is. In that case, treat this as the essential travel guide it’s intended to be.
Here’s what’s hot for the year ahead:
Experiences > Things
2020 is all about like, living. According to an Airbnb survey, 57% of respondents prefer to spend their money on experiences over things.
The Great Outdoors
Travellers are getting in touch with their wild side. Adventure travel, including hiking, trekking, and checking out Nepal, is a big trend. Hotels are passé, as are traditional walls. Moving forward, people want to stay on campsites and in igloos.
I know, right? “Not doing anything,” “personal wellness,” “disconnecting from technology,” and “spiritual or religious trips” are all en vogue right now.
Despite the previous trend, people aren’t so keen to be in the present after all. Exploring history and culture is a priority for about a third of travellers, which is probably why Machu Pichu is getting its own airport.
Long Weekend Trips
Food is a big part of travel. And it turns out people want to eat like they want to vacation: sustainably. According to Airbnb, “experiences offering vegan options up 579% and those offering vegetarian options up 570% in supply in 2019 compared to 2018.” More than a third of travellers say experiencing new food is the most important part of a trip.
Now get out there and see the world.