5 global travel trends for 2019

Wondering what’ll be hot in travel over the coming year? Group trips, exotic honeymoons, or small city-breaks?

We took a look to find out what we’ll be seeing in the world of travel for 2019.


With more than 40% of Millennials prioritising ‘Instagrammability’ when choosing their holidays, according to a recent survey by Schofields, the picture-worthiness of destinations is crucial.

More and more people are turning to Instagram for destination inspiration, while many are taking entire trips just to reach those photogenic spots to capture and share with their followers.

With services such as Flytographer and Shoot My Travel matching travellers with local photographers to capture those Instagram-friendly shots, and the world’s first personal insta-butlers on resorts in the Maldives, this trend is only set to intensify.

Off-season travel

In a bid to avoid crowds and save money, many travellers are being more daring with their holidays, including when they book. Last minute deals and travelling outside of the usual holiday seasons are becoming more common.

Tuscany in winter, Istanbul in autumn, Lapland in summer; it’s often a chance to see another side of the destination when it’s not teeming with crowds. Not only are there are plenty of deals to be had on flights and accommodation, tours will be quieter and they’ll give a more personalised service.

Foodie holidays

This popular trend is set to stay for 2019 as food and drink play an ever-increasing role in deciding where to holiday.

Whether it’s sampling local delicacies, visiting street food markets, or dining at Michelin-starred restaurants, tourists seem to want more of it.

It’s no longer enough to buy a cookbook; travellers want to learn first hand from a local chef how to cook local dishes from local ingredients. Sri Lanka is set to be a hot spot for food tourism in 2019 – Intrepid Travel has reported a 40% increase in bookings on their Sri Lankan food adventures over the past year.


A key trend for 2018, experiential travel this is another that is here to stay. Doing more activities trumps beach sunbathing for an increasing number of tourists. From guided tours to outdoor sports, safaris to gigs, providing opportunities and services in this area is something local organisations can capitalise on.

Tour operators are receiving more and more requests from those wanting a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience, as more millennials want to explore the world and try something they can’t do at home.

Responsible travel

ABTA, the UK travel association is citing responsible travel as the main trend for 2019. People are becoming more conscious of the effects of over-tourism in cities like Venice, Amsterdam and Barcelona, as well as popular islands and beaches that have had to close due to pollution.

This is leading to both a surge in travellers seeking out less popular destinations, opting for environmentally conscious accommodation, or doing activities that benefit the local society.
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