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  • Writer's pictureAntonise De Wet

Fascinating Trends That Take the Getaway Game to the Next Level

1. WORKCATIONS Workcations or "bleisure" trips mix the business of working from home with the leisure of vacationing. With workcations, more folks book longer trips, working on either end of their vacation with paradise as their "office." Some countries, like Bermuda and Barbados, are even offering digital nomad visas.1,2 That could make workcations a travel trend that's here to stay. 2. FRIENDCATIONS More folks will be traveling with friends this year. After missed milestones and months (or years) of Zooming since 2020, friends are reuniting for the first time in a while, and they're traveling in bigger groups to do it. That's one reason why bookings for party spots that are great for big groups — like Vegas, the Caribbean, and Ibiza — exploded in 2022. 3. GOAT Vacations Ready to take the greatest vacation of all time ("GOAT")? Many folks are, and they're ready to spend a pretty penny to do it. In fact, that Carpe Diem or You Only Live Once (YOLO) spirit has most folks planning to splurge and go BIG on their next trip.3 That's made bucket list vacations and once-in-a-lifetime experiences one of today's hottest travel trends. 4. ECTREME ADVENTURES AND EXPIDITIONS Feeling bored or cooped up? Want to take on a thrilling new physical challenge? If so, your dream vacation could be an extreme adventure. Many folks, ready for adventure, are booking safaris, deep sea dives, and extreme hiking adventures. Some are even going to sophisticated space "camps" for truly out-of-this-world experiences. 5. TRANSFORMATIONAL TRAVEL Vacations focused on self-improvement, healing, and well-being are also very popular these days. Like friendcations, transformational travel isn't brand new to the scene. But it's showing up in novel ways. Lose your job or a loved one? Take a retreat to find a new career path or deal with loss. Want something more mind-expanding? Maybe a hallucinogenic healing trip is your cup of tea. These days, transformational travel is breaking new boundaries, and the options for "healing" vacations are practically limitless. 6. SHOWCATIONS Diehard fans are taking showcations to trek around the world and connect with their favorite shows on a deeper level. Newbury, England, for instance, has seen a surge of Downton Abbey fans touring castles featured on the show. Game of Thrones fans are flocking to Northern Ireland where they can walk through the magical tree tunnel known as The Dark Hedges. And that's just the tip of the iceberg for showcations and the fans who've made them so popular. 7. PET TRAVEL These days, more folks are bringing their pets with them for leisure and business travel, especially when they're taking trips for at least two days. That's probably why more airlines and hotels are becoming pet-friendly, finding ways to not just accommodate pets but to also treat them like guests. One unique aspect of this trend is how some folks are integrating it into other travel trends — like taking workcations or planning extreme adventures with their pets.

Your next trip can do a lot more than just give you a change of scenery.


Trends come and go, but the benefits of getting away can last a lifetime Find any of those travel trends fascinating? Have you already enjoyed any of them — or will make one part of your next trip? Wherever you’ve been or whatever you’ve done on past vacations, your next trip can do a lot more than just give you a change of scenery. It can give you the chance to unplug, recharge, let off steam, and let go of some of life’s stresses.

That can start happening after just four days away from the daily grind. And those benefits may be one reason why vacations can make relationships stronger — and they can make us more resilient. In fact, the reset we get from travel can better prepare us to take on life’s unexpected challenges when we get back home. Beyond that, vacations have also been tied to physical health benefits, like lower blood pressure and lower risks of heart disease.

So, what does it all mean in the big picture? No matter how travel trends change, vacations are GOOD for us. They can nourish our minds and our bodies. And they can make us happier and make life far more satisfying.

They’re just one piece of the puzzle in creating a truly rich life.

Sincerely, Paavan Kotini | CEO & Principal Advisor Kotini & Kotini (804) 372-8307

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