Reports show that more women than ever before are traveling the world, looking for culture-rich experiences that promise memories to last a lifetime. From adventurous excursions to far-flung destinations, we’re taking travel to unexplored heights. But if beaches and spas are more your scene, there’s still plenty to discover on that front, too. Here, we rounded up the top travel trends for women in 2019. Pack your bags!
1 Adventure Travel
Sitting on a beautiful beach is never a bad idea, but these days people are seeking thrill when booking trips. Adventure travel is one of the most popular segments of the travel industry, and according to Pinterest, searches for this type of travel have increased by 556 percent in recent years. Some popular activities include backpacking, ziplining, cave diving, mountain biking, and walking over scary bridges (which, shockingly, is up 115 percent). Not sure where to start? Companies like G Adventures and Flash Pack offer affordable trips to astonishing places, along with discounted excursions and one-of-a-kind opportunities. Adventure awaits!
2 Cultural Experiences
According to TripAdvisor, when compared to 2017, 59 percent more travelers in 2018 sought out cultural experiences over sandy beaches, and this trend shows no signs of slowing. Rather than waiting in long lines to be rushed through tourist attractions, historically-themed tours, local cooking classes, immersive workshops, and mission trips are becoming increasingly popular, especially among millennial travelers. Topping the charts for cultural experiences around the world? A cooking class and local market tour at a Tuscan Farmhouse. Sign me up!
3 City Crawls
Many of us lead busy lives with little vacation time, so maximizing PTO is key. Thanks to improvements in home sharing, affordable flight routes, and improved transportation, including train routes, this will be the year of discovery travel — aka squeezing more destinations into shorter time frames. This is especially easy if you are looking to explore Europe, as you can see London, Paris, Amsterdam, Prague, etc. in a matter of days, while Southeast Asia is also trending for this type of travel.
4 Wellness Retreats
With more people expressing interest in well-being, wellness tourism has seen a 6.5 percent annual increase, and experts predict further growth in trips designed to help you recharge your mind, body, and soul. You can expect yoga, meditation, spa treatments, healthy eating, digital detox, and panels discussions on everything from fitness to skin care. Something new to look for in the wellness scene: CBD treatments. Cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound derived from marijuana plants, is becoming wildly popular for its perceived healing powers and calming effects, and spas across America, including the Ritz-Carlton Spa in Los Angeles, Spa Anjali in Avon, CO, and Ildi Pekar Wellness Studio in New York City, are offering treatments like massages and facials with CBD.
5 Influencer-Inspired Travel
Thanks to social media, more and more people are looking for Instagram-worthy travel spots — ones where you can snap photos from beachfront parties and yachts a la the Kardashians. In a survey conducted by Schofields, more than 40 percent of respondents under 33 consider “Instagrammability” the most important factor in choosing their vacation destination. Tropical Islands like the Maldives, Bali, and Sri Lanka are go-to beach scenes for travel influencers, but hot spots like Capri, Punta Rata, Santorini, and Mykonos (Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club, anyone?) are also growing in popularity. The Caribbean continues to bounce back, too, with more American flights to the Caribbean than ever before, according to OAG. Go to Grenada (there are nonstop flights from Atlanta, JFK, Miami, and Toronto) for its untouched beaches, verdant rainforests, and guaranteed likes on the ‘gram.
6 Solo Travel
Surveys show that more women than ever are choosing to travel solo, checking off places from their bucket lists while exploring at their own pace. According to data provided to PopSugar by G Adventures, the places with the highest growth over the past year for American women have been Ethiopia, Egypt, Jordan, Sri Lanka, and Rwanda. Morocco, Nepal, and Colombia are also increasingly popular. Once uncharted by female travelers, generally speaking, these areas are becoming safer and more trusted. You can also opt for guided all-women groups; this not only provides added comfort, but it also allows you to make new connections from around the world while learning about other cultures.