Over the last ten years the travel industry has had to tackle terrorism, SARS, tsunamis, bird flu, swine flu, and the first ever true global recession. Through it all the industry has proven to be robust, resilient and dynamic, finding new ways to deal with adversity. 2010 brings with it fresh challenges and opportunities to which the industry must again adapt and react. The cyclical nature of the industry stems from the fact that it is inextricably linked to the health of the global economy. As you would imagine therefore, the next twelve months promise significant change in the travel industry. This article will focus on emerging trends and hotspots for 2010 and give an insight into what can be expected by consumer and operator alike.”If our hotel bookings are anything to go by, people are still determined to travel but are choosing how and where they spend their money much more carefully,” commented Juliet Kinsman, Editor-in-Chief of Mr and Mrs Smith. “Value will continue to be important, whether that means creative online searching for great deals, exploring new destinations that offer currency advantages, or joining travel clubs for exclusive discounts.” Indeed, reflecting on the current economic setting, many travel professionals have commented on new bargains, noting that it’s expected that value for money will be the top priority, with concept and branding taking a backseat in the coming years. Travellers are looking for an optimal price/quality balance when selecting their luxury vacation.Furthermore, travellers are demanding far more from their holidays – gone are the days of a the simple sun/sand combo – nowadays the demand is for exotic travel combined with customized, ultimate experiences. Travellers are seeking above-and-beyond adventures in exciting new destinations. Luxury adventure travel is on the rise and consumers can enjoy a growing selection of luxury safaris, heli-ski trips, niche boat cruises, personalized art tours, tailor-made culinary courses, and high-speed car tours in top vacation destinations like Cape Town, Provence, Tuscany and New York. Moreover, adventure travellers are seeking more than just adrenaline thrills but wholesome cultural quests in which they learn about their destination and environment. Indeed, as claimed by the Vacation Travel Chanel ‘… the more enriching experiences are preferred over a luxurious lifestyle.’Additionally, although neither a newcomer nor a veteran, eco travel is definitely carving its place into the travel market. Hotels are becoming increasingly self-sufficient and travellers are considering a hotel’s environmental credentials a lot more. 2010 will therefore see a continued rise of intimate, sustainable villa resorts developing in eco-friendly destinations. Two such examples are Fregate, a private island in the Seychelles, which is saving sea birds and makes its own spa products, and Vigilius Mountain resort South Tyrol, Italy, which harnesses its own natural energy. Green travel promises exciting adventures and conscientious travel experiences.Not technically a trend but it’s worth noting that 2010 will be a sport-fuelled year and that this will have a huge impact on where people choose to travel. First and foremost, the Vancouver Olympics in February is an event that will significantly affect the travel industry. The 17 days of Olympics are expected to attract a global television audience of 3 billion people; more than 80 countries and 6,850 athletes and officials are expected to participate according to the ‘PRCo Travel Industry Trends and Highlights for 2010’ report. The opening ceremonies will be held on February 12, and as a result Vancouver is the city to visit in the Western hemisphere in 2010. South Africa is also going to be a travel hotspot with the 2010 FIFA World Cup kicking off there in June. The event is expected to lure half a million fans to the country. Tourism in India will also enjoy the benefits of sporting events with the Commonwealth Games taking place in October.Other destinations to keep your eye on this year are China, India and the Gulf States, where industry insiders are expecting travel to skyrocket over the next twelve months. Travellers are becoming more courageous with their travels and expanding their horizons. While the global economy is in the toilet, China and India continue to show signs of growth, offer favourable exchange rates and low travel expenses and therefore increasingly warrant visiting. As their respective tourism industries start to expand these countries are going to become top destinations for 2010 and beyond. According to sceneadvisor.com, between China and India alone it is expected that over 35,000 hotel rooms will have to be added to meet the impending demands.On the other side of the planet, Latin America is set to see important growth as a luxury travel destination this year. Hotels such as Francis Ford Coppola’s Blancaneaux Lodge in Belize, the Haciendas luxury hotel in the Yucatan, and other outposts in San Jose, Uayamon, Santa Rosa and Temozon (Mexico) are but a few examples of the growth of luxury hotels in the region. In the spotlight especially are Panama, Peru and Ecuador, which are focusing massively on promoting their respective exotic and exclusive services. In addition, Mexico is spending $3.6 million on improving its luxury infrastructure and Argentina is to see five new 5-star hotels open in the next two years (PRCo report).Whilst Europe is by all means still a hub, especially with the new high-speed rail links into Spain and Italy, the focus for 2010 is definitely further afield where exchange rates are better and currency is cheaper, therefore offering the consumer much more for their money.
Traveling is a popular activity for retirees, and the experienced travelers make extensive use of the Internet for travel plans and activities. The Internet and social media, are great tools for any traveler who wants to get the most out of every trip. Retirees who make extensive use of the internet, both before and during their trip, have the benefit of retaining contact with friends and family while away, and able to stay away longer by managing household business right on the Internet.Travel is one of the top retirement activitiesRetirees are able to enjoy their travel adventures more so than any time in the past, and they are able to easily share their experiences with other retirees. Traveling allows retirees to meet new people from other parts of the world and provides them with the opportunity to build their social network of friends. Not only are retirees taking advantage of travel opportunities, but they are taking advantage of social media sites which have expanded in the past year. These sites provide easy resources for retirees to keep in touch with new people they meet while traveling and provides a way for them to communicate with other retirees who have been or are considering going to the same destination.I happen to like traveling. I’m sure it is in part because I traveled most of my professional career. Traveling as a member of a tour group or as a freestyle adventurer is dependent on your personality, sense of independence, and confidence with travel. There are times when traveling in a tour group is the only way to see a location and get its history. If you are not comfortable traveling alone, taking a tour is a great way to build the experience while meeting some other travelers as well. My advice to all new travelers is to learn to travel without a large group of your closest friends. I see many baby boomers traveling in groups of 4 to 8 people and they tend to stay together instead of reaching out to fellow travelers or locals. Meeting and exchanging conversations with people you don’t know, especially local citizens, will expand your knowledge of the local culture and will likely lead to creating new lifelong friendships.Whether it is domestic or international travel, I find experiencing new places and meeting people from the area a great way to stimulate my thinking process, as well as a great way to meet friendly and interesting people. A recently completed trip netted me with new acquaintances from 3 countries outside the US, one couple from the US State of Georgia, and 2 local couples. All my new acquaintances are on social media making it easy for us to stay in contact with each other.One of the benefits of traveling after retirement is that you don’t need be so restrictive on the length of time of the stay. Planned properly, a trip can last as long as one would like and you can still remotely maintain your personal dwelling while keeping up with banking and bill payments. Make use of your ability to stay longer than the typical week or two. Staying longer at a new location allows you to get to know the culture and people better, something you could not do while employed.In my travels, whether it is domestic or international, I find baby boomers, and now many retirees, are traveling in greater numbers as freestyle adventurers. They make extensive use of the Internet and social media sites to plan their trips from home. Sites like TripAdvisers.com and vacation rental by owners are popular collaborative social media sites that allow feedback from people who have been to an establishment. I like reviewing these sites before a trip to get input from different individuals. There was a time when the only reviews were from people who would leave negative comments, but more and more people are voluntarily providing reviews of places, good and bad. Since you can’t please all the people all the time, look closely for trends in the reviews. If the same item pops up over and over, it is likely something you need to believe.Usage of social media during your travelInternet is generally available regardless of where you travel. By in large, many of the establishments provide free internet access and Wi-Fi connection to patrons, so the cost is minimal in most cases. Ten years ago, I traveled extensively in Australia and carried my 12 pound laptop to internet bars and paid connection charges of $8 to $12 per connection. Many times, I would be at locations with little to no Wi-Fi connection. Today, I still carry a laptop because of certain applications I use but it is only 2.5 pounds and using an iPad or iPhone without cell connection is really all that one needs to stay in touch. I recently completed a five week trip to Central America and had free internet where I stayed, and the Internet was also available in most breakfast and lunch establishments. It is just a sign of how dominate Internet has become and how insistent people are about having access to it.Sharing and communicating on the Internet over the last 10 years has also changed significantly. In 2002 for me to share photos or communicate with my friends I had to post my photos on a photo hosting site and send out an email to everyone along with user name and password to let them know I had uploaded new photos. Today, using my iPhone, I can take the photo and upload it directly to Facebook and a notice is sent to my friends that I had posted a new batch of photos. I can even use the Facebook app on my iPhone to make a call to my friends or family members.Communicating is so much easier and faster than in the past thanks to social media, and it continues to improve each year. This has allowed retirees to build their network of friends and has made it much easier for them to share their travel experiences with others.
If you’re anything like me, you love to travel but can’t seem to find any Traveling Jobs without having a degree that most of people are paying tens of thousands of dollars just to have ie.. nurse, doctor, etc…..Most of these people are having to work so much that they don’t have time to enjoy life and they’re spending the majority of their hard earned cash on school loans, Don’t get me wrong if that is what you love then go for it! That is what life is about doing what you love.When you’re looking for a Traveling Job the top two reasons for not being able to do so is time and money with the current job you have. Well this is the problem that I had for many years, so I started searching for answers online, talking to friends, family and strangers to finally come across something that changed my life forever!I came across an article much like this one you’re reading right now. This information was worth a million dollars to me.If you’re looking for a way to travel and get paid for it, you’re on the right path.The travel industry is the #1 searched topic on the internet. Honestly if you want to know where the best traveling jobs are they’re at home. You’ll make more money, have more time to travel, and be much happier if you look into starting your own travel business.You want a business with it’s own marketing system within it for you to use. This is how you find your freedom because without this you will be lost and you will spending way to much time doing everything yourself.For more information on how you can find Traveling Jobs