2016 in the world of travel trends allowed us to explore new heights in hospitality. Despite tough economic times, this year, we’ve considered travel a key expense in the quest for happiness, with 31% of us increasing our travel budget because “it’s important for my health and well-being”. (TripAdvisor TripBarometer study 2016). Our willingness to stretch the purse strings has also allowed us to explore much further afield, with 69% of travellers making a resolution to try new things at the beginning of the year, such as luxury cruises, adventure holidays and seeking sanctuary on a spa break.
The year ahead continues to predict a taste for luxury experiences, a ‘we’re worth it’ approach and an appetite for something a little more exciting. So, what’s going to entice us to escape for 2017?
Following political developments this year, 2017 will see a lot more getaways taking place on our home turf. Whether we’re exploring areas of the UK we have yet ventured to, or making the most of the hotspots in our hometowns, we’ll be getting our rest and relaxation a little closer to home for the year ahead. For the ultimate family staycation, we recommend your very own country house in the Herefordshire countryside. Dewsall Court is a magical retreat, offering cosy comforts, stylish interiors and breathtaking countryside views.
Thanks to the emergence of yoga retreats, martial arts bootcamps and detox breaks, we’re placing a lot more importance on wellness, mindfulness and taking care of our emotional health. So we’ll be making plenty of ‘me-time’ in the New Year, with spa breaks, wellness weekends and relaxation retreats becoming an even more popular choice of getaway. The all-new Fishmore Hall Spa offers the perfect place for a little relaxation, with a range of luxury spa treatments, outdoor hot tub and outdoor hammock to laze away the day in.
Social Media Is The New Travel Agent
Gone are the days of relying on our trusty travel agent to have visited our destination of choice. With all the information we need right at our fingertips, we’re turning to our online peers to get the low down on the hottest places to visit. Thanks to honest reviews, candid photography and public-based rating systems, we can rely on social media to give us an honest insight into where we should be getting our relaxation time. Not only this, but we can enquire direct and book our trip at the click of a button.
Not only are we not afraid to spend our hard-earned cash, we’re also not fearful of exploring alone. According to BookYogaRetreats.com, 51% of survey respondents will travel solo in 2017. Whether we’re sightseeing to develop our culture, spa-breaking to clear our minds or on a quest to taste the finest culinary delights we can discover, we’ll be quite happy to do it in our own company this year. For the ultimate spot of solo exploration, head to Isle of Eriska, a heavenly retreat in the Scottish Highlands. Pure luxury at its finest.
Cold Over Hot
Whilst years ago, our long-awaited getaways revolved around golden, hot, sandy beaches, we appear to be giving the beach holidays the cold shoulder, in favour of ski destinations and cooler climes. According to Pinterest, cold getaways have increased by 300% whilst sandy sprees have reduced by 10% this year.
Though they say the two don’t mix, next year, we’ll be enjoying a healthy mix of business and leisure. Professionals will choose to take friends and family on business trips in order to extend their stay, and achieve a healthier work/life balance. Because there’s always time for exploration in between the board meetings.
You’ll find the perfect mix of Bleisure at the newly revamped Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel and Conference Venue, offering super stylish meetings spaces and premium facilities. Or escape to Dublin where Croke Park Events will take care of business at their spectacular event stadium, offering 110 event suites to choose from.
Business trips… sorted!