Ten of the most anticipated travel trends for the year 2022

We can all agree that this year’s travels are off to a rough start. As a result of successfully leading thousands of tours in 2021, consulting with our global panel of travelers, and keeping our eyes and ears on the ground, we have a wealth of knowledge to share. You’re in luck, because we’ve compiled all of our travel-gazing into a year-in-review trend guide. The pandemic sparked an awakening among travelers, and to our delight, they are now more conscientious about how they spend their vacations. Check out the following 10 trends for 2022, as well as why they’re important to the future of travel, and where travelers can go to fulfill their plans.

1: Responsible travel and tourism are synonymous terms.

Our global consumer panel says that in 2022, they plan to devote more time and energy to responsible travel. In light of the pandemic’s efforts to support local businesses, it’s only natural that this mentality is carried over into international travel plans. A walking trek is a great way for tourists to experience a variety of smaller communities while supporting the local economy at the same time.

The Trans-Bhutan Trail: The Best of It

Bhutan will reopen its historic and holy Trans Bhutan Trail in April 2022 after two years of extensive restoration, supporting remote residents in Bhutan through community tourism for the first time in 60 years. Bookings to Bhutan have surged 60% worldwide for the year 2022. It is with great excitement that we announce that we will be leading the first group of trekkers along this ancient route, beginning in May.

2: Travelers are more concerned with helping the local economy and economy of the country they are visiting.

Travelers want their money to go directly to the people who live where they are spending it, even ahead of concerns about reducing their carbon footprint and using less plastic. The pandemic’s impact on countries that rely on tourism for economic survival pushed this trend up to 66 percent globally.

The journey: Egypt’s top sights

Even after the Arab Spring and the Ebola pandemic left Egypt in ruins, Egypt was one of the first countries to reopen to tourists. We relaunched tours in February 2021, and Egypt’s share of bookings worldwide increased by 22% for the year ahead. Reopenings of the Grand Egyptian Museum, the Pyramid of Dozer and Luxor’s Sphinx Avenue, as well as the re-release of “Death on the Nile,” keep Egypt and its welcoming people in the spotlight this year.

3: The popularity of workations is on the rise.

Companies have come to realize that offices aren’t necessary to ensure productivity as the world shifts to remote work. These days, workations aren’t just for digital nomads. 24 percent of our panelists said they could work from anywhere, with that number rising to 46 percent for those between the ages of 18 and 34. More people (37 percent in December 2020 compared to 19 percent in December 2020) plan to combine work and travel in the future.

There were beaches, wildlife, and wild times in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is one of only four countries to have all restrictions lifted for travel lifted by the United Nations World Travel Organization. Remote workers can now stay in the country for up to a year under a new bill. If you want to get a quick taste of a place before settling in for some remote work on one of Costa Rica’s stunning beaches, check out our new Mini Adventures and Roamies experiences (more on those later).

4: There will be a big comeback for hostels.

After the pandemic, 63% of 18-34-year-olds said they’d like to try a hostel experience, making it the most popular option for young travelers. 71 percent of our panelists said that the most important factor in choosing a hostel was the opportunity to meet new people and potentially travel with them.

The itinerary is: Yucatan Adventure: Merida, Tulum, and Jungle Swims.

Hostelworld launched their new partnership, Roamies, in November of that year. Our hand-picked collection of hostel-based tours is geared toward fostering lasting friendships and fostering a sense of belonging both in the hostels and on the road. And then there’s Mexico, which is always delicious, affordable, full of cultural experiences, and just plain fun!

5: Disconnection from electronic devices is a top priority.

Tourists are looking to reconnect with people and places while on vacation, but they also want to disconnect from the internet. Some 54% of respondents want to stop using social media and limit their screen time, while 28% of those polled said they prioritized socializing and meeting new people when booking their next vacation.

The journey: The Central and East Islands of the Galapagos on board the Reina Silvia Voyager.

The Reina Silvia Voyager, our brand-new boat, will take you snorkeling with sea lions while you unplug everything (except your nose). She is scheduled to sail in 2022, has a capacity of 16 passengers, and is designed for small group tours. Visitors will also be the first to experience Galapagos Coffee in Puerto Ayora, a new G for Good project developed in collaboration with Planeterra. Visitors can learn about sustainable coffee production while also supporting 59 local families through the operation of this community-owned organic coffee farm.

6: Having a little extra money to play with.

Because of the increase in savings from staying home, 18% of those who answered our survey have increased their travel budget for an international trip. Having a large amount of money in the bank means that they will be able to go on more exciting vacations than they previously thought possible.

National Geographic Journeys – Iconic Japan is the name of the tour.

Before COVID closed its borders, Japan expected a huge tourist boom as a result of the Summer Olympics. Pent-up demand means that those with extra money may look forward to a trip of a lifetime as restrictions are eased.

7: No to vacations at home; yay to trips to exotic locations.

As the pandemic continues to spread, the domestic holiday season is losing its luster. Only 18% of those polled said they’d prefer to spend their next international vacation at home instead of traveling farther afield. Nearly a third (30%) of respondents said they plan to take fewer’staycations’ in the future.

The journey: Uzbekistan’s most memorable sights

A rising star before the pandemic, Uzbekistan saw a 24% increase in bookings in 2022 as travelers gravitated to more remote locales, boosting its share of the market even further. After 30 years of independence from the Soviet Union and the opening of a new airport in Samarkand, the country celebrated its 30th anniversary. The Silk Road Samarkand Complex will open in 2022, hosting the inaugural Silk Road Literary Festival, which will bring new attention to this under-the-radar country.

8: Lockdown lethargy encourages people to lead more active lives.

Seventy percent of those polled said they planned to be physically active while on their next vacation. Taking a hike sounds like a good idea to 64 percent of vacationers who say their physical and mental well-being is a major factor in their decision-making process.

On the itinerary: Hiking Utah’s Big 5

Compared to pre-pandemic booking levels, the United States saw a 58% increase in bookings for 2022. We’re not ones to sleep in, so we started our ‘United States of Adventure’ trips to meet the needs of active tourists looking to get their heart rate up while exploring the great outdoors.

9: Mental health and well-being take precedence.

With 95 percent of travelers saying that travel is important to their mental and physical well-being, many are looking for a vacation that helps them reconnect and optimizes travel as a means of revitalization.

The destination: Bali’s Wellness Resorts

Wellness seekers in Indonesia will be eager to get their hands on the goods after a long hiatus due to the pandemic. Is there a better way to get your mind and body back in the game than a trip to Bali? The scene is set for tranquility with daily yoga, traditional healing ceremonies, and calming waves.

10: Travel for vengeance is out; travel for reconnection is in.

They crave new experiences and a deeper connection with others while on the road. While “revenge travel” became a popular term during the pandemic, reconnection travel currently stands at 42%, while revenge travel is only 14%.

Itinerary: Eastern Iceland Trekking

You’ll stay in a cozy guesthouse surrounded by breathtaking fjords, waterfalls, and fishing villages, where you’ll savor farm-to-table cuisine. There are many benefits to living in a remote community and spending time with your fellow hikers. There are also daily hikes to puffin colonies, elf communities, and otherworldly landscapes that will get your heart racing.

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