Every year, lots of new travel trends emerge, not just in the travel industry, but also with how travellers see the world. In recent years, this has included immersive travel, sustainable travel, glamping, wellness travel, and much more. So let’s take a look at the 2020 travel trends that are likely to pop up in the upcoming year.

Here’s our list of 2020 travel trends, for all your travel needs in the New Year:

1Travelling with your pets

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If you’ve always wanted to take your pets with you on vacation, now’s the best time to do so. Pet-centric holidays and animal-friendly options are becoming more and more common, with hotels offering dog beds, pet spas, and all kinds of other pet-friendly activities.

Why not use this opportunity to go on a road trip with your pupper, or get the purr-fect spa treatment with your cats? It’s never been easier.

Also Read: Top Tips For Travelling With Pets

2Spartan Travel

Over the coming year, some travellers are looking forward to getting away from luxury travel experiences. Spartan travel involves a mix of digital detox and minimalist living and includes giving up technology and bringing along as few belongings as possible. This gives people the opportunity to connect with themselves and their surroundings.

You can book a stay at a secluded hideout, but why not do it yourself? Go camping or hiking and take along a sketch pad instead of your iPhone.

3Ancestry Travel

People are also being inspired to travel to the places where their forebears are from. With the rise of home DNA and ancestry tests (and Airbnb’s recent partnership with DNA lab 23andMe), this travel trend is giving people the chance to see where they come from, what their history is, and who their ancestors were.

Also Read: Why Heritage And Ancestry Travel Is The New Buzz-Word


Rather than visit the most talked-about destinations that are fast becoming the victims of overtourism, tourists are looking to play a part in reducing this phenomenon and choosing to visit lesser-known “second-cities” in place of more crowded but well-known ones.

Swap your original destination for a lesser-known alternative, for example, why not pick Lyon, Osaka, Utrecht, Milan, or Manchester over Paris, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Rome, and London? Or head to Ankara, Busan and Porto instead of Istanbul, Seoul and Lisbon?

5Train Travel

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In addition to looking for under-sold destinations, visitors are also taking the slow way to get there. A result of people becoming more aware of their carbon footprint, and movements such as flygskam (translated as “flight shame”), the new decade will see many people turning to trains instead of planes.

Take the opportunity to slow things down and take the time to enjoy your surroundings while also reducing your environmental impact. If you really want to slow it down, take it one step further with bicycles, trams, and boats, or just travel on foot.

6Vegan Travel

With more and more people going vegan, they’re also looking for travel destinations that can cater to their needs. This has led to both a rise in vegan-friendly restaurants and hotels that have no animal products in guestrooms (including leather, wool, silk, feathers, and more).

Also Read: 6 More Travel Trends You Should Try This Year

So these are some exciting travel trends to look out for in 2020. What are your travel plans for the new year? Let us know in the comments below


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