As we get ready to ring in a new year, many travelers may wonder what will be trending in travel throughout 2016. The answers may not be so surprising. From mixing business with leisure travel to seamless travel, more mobile enhancements and individualized travel experiences – here are the top four trends in 2016 travel.
Some travel for business, some travel for leisure, but there’s a new type of traveler out there who travels for “bleisure.” Thanks to the millennial generation, the travel industry will see more people who travel for business, bring their family along and stay a few extra days after the business trip ends to enjoy the sights and sounds of a new place.1 Savvy and well-connected, these travelers also do much of their “business” work in a café, restaurant or park when they can. Talk about the best of both worlds, this trend is projected to grow in 2016 and beyond.
Even More Mobile
This may go without saying, but mobile is growing faster than ever before. Mobile keeps travelers connected with each other and keeps them up-to-date with what’s happening around them at all times, so that they can have a more enjoyable experience while away from home. 2016 will see more vacation destinations and those in the travel industry creating or enhancing mobile apps that offer tailored experiences for their customers. The apps will provide travelers with a more “immersive” experience at their destination.1
Whether you book your own travel or enjoy the white-glove expertise of a travel agent booking your trip, travel is becoming more seamless. Research, planning, booking venues and cars, excursions and more can all be done in a simple transaction in some of the most personal spaces. The mobile experience will become more seamless, and the guesswork will continue to be removed in 2016.1
Those who travel will continue to look for an authentic experience that leaves them wanting more. More travel experiences will be created for individual traveler tastes in 2016. Travelers will purposely seek out travel opportunities that are unique and tailored to their specific needs and wants.
No matter where you plan to travel in 2016, or whether you will participate in any of the up-and-coming travel trends, remembering to pack a travel insurance plan so your 2016 travel is always en vogue. A Travel Guard® travel insurance plan offers coverage for trip cancellation, interruption, lost luggage and medical expenses and most plans include 24/7 travel assistance services that can work on your behalf to re-book hotels, flights and even book event tickets, make restaurant reservations for you and much more.