The biggest trends that we touched upon in part 1 of our Travel Trends 2016 was the search for authentic experiences, untouched nature and bucket list-travelers. There is only one thing left to find out: where do we go?
While the relationship between the western world and the middle east has had a frosty relationship for a long time, improved efforts has been made in Iran to welcome foreigners. Hopefully, this will mean that travel companies and indepedent travels will see more of this amazing country, where over 19 Unesco World Heritage Sites lie in wait, for example Dasht-e-Kavir located in the Great Salt Desert. Did you also know that there are dozens of ski resorts here? And a thriving youth movement in Tehran? The country of Iran is bigger and more diverse than many think.
As travelers are looking for more authentic experiences, the beautiful island country of Iceland might become more popular. Not only do they have some of the most amazing, out of this world nature, they also have one of the friendliest populations in the world. If there ever is a place where you can use one of the many apps where you can find locals to hang out with during your vacations, this is it. Where the beauty of nature and technology come together in perfect harmony, Iceland might just be the front runner as most popular travel destination of 2016!
Cuba has not always been an easy place to reach. Trade embargos and bad relations with the United States made it closed off for a long time, but as time goes and political leaders change, Cuba is now a destination where we can go to experience something new and almost forgotten. The dramatic views of the hilly terrain, the white sprawling beaches and the many hidden secrets of Havana awaits you as the Cuba opens up its arms to visiting travelers once more.
In 2016, we will join Botswana in their inspirational journey of development where they have become a democratic, progressive and economically balanced nation with a thriving capital on Gaborone. Our need to capture our experiences in images via social platforms like Instagram, Flickr and Pinterest make this a favorite among photographers, as Botswana has some of the most fantastic untouched nature and wildlife in the world.
As the influence of social media has made a mark on all of our lives, it has changed the way in which we travel. We categorize, we make lists, we document – we share. On social media sites it has become popular to show off the number of places you have visited, and to identify with the stories we tell. While it can be an amazing experience to visit the national parks of Yosemite or Yellowstone, it might just become a trend to visit a big number of them during a long vacation in the roadtrip friendly United States. There are 59 of them. How many will you collect?
Loves architecture, old landmarks and prefers to spend his time abroad in quaint, small towns or in the countryside. Is the happiest when sitting at a local café with the only sounds being a dog distantly barking in harmony with chatter in foreign languages. The next item on his bucket list is the Easter Island.