South Africa

How are your resolutions going? Don’t worry — no one is judging you for eating that piece of cake. What about your travel resolutions? Do you need a little inspiration to make 2013 your most adventurous year yet? Then take advantage of these trends — forecasted by JWT, a global marketing communications agency — and book those plane tickets!

Hotels in Africa
International hotel brands are expanding to Africa with Marriott planning to open a property in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, in 2013, the French hotel group Accor planning to add almost 5,000 rooms in 30 hotels by 2016 and Starwood intending to open 10 African hotels in the next 3 years. Get ahead of the curve by entering to win a trip to South Africa!

Nature Escape
Today more than half the world’s population lives in cities, compared to less than 40% in 1990. Now is the time to retreat to nature, and escape the pressures, noise, pollution and traffic of the city. Another perk of getting outdoors? The adrenaline rush of an adventure!

Politically-Inspired Vacations
Political Tours of the U.K. offers clients “current affairs at first hand,” with a tour of Northern Ireland led by BBC correspondents and trips to hot spots including Georgia, North Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo and Ethiopia, many curated by political experts with insights into the region. Rather show your American pride? Plan your own politically-inspired trip, and travel like Mr. Obama.

River Cruising
In 2012, British cruise brands Voyages of Discovery and Hebridean Island Cruises both introduced river cruises. Other companies are adding river cruise itineraries worldwide, as well as new ships, making river cruising this year’s go-to budget-minded vacation. Plan your next family trip with our guide to the best US river cruises.

Set Jetting
In 2001, The Lord of the Rings brought New Zealand a 50% spike in tourist visits, and now The Hobbit is expected to bring even more travelers. “Set jetting” has been popular among film fanatics for a while now, but with tourism boards taking advantage of the novelty of reliving favorite films, themed trips and tours are drawing a more mainstream audience. To celebrate 50 years of James Bond films, the stars made appearances at set locations around the U.K., Life of Pi is drawing more travelers to India and The Lone Ranger is expected to make the American West a hot destination.

Want even more travel trends? Find out What’s In and What’s Out in 2013!

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2 Responses

  1. Steve says:

    Interesting list, but I'm suprised to hear that politically themed holidays are gaining popularity. I would have thought that most people dislike politicians and go on holiday to get away from that kind of thing. Perhaps the US version of this type of trip will be most popular, because politics in the US is always more glamorous and showbiz than anywhere else.

  2. Rory B says:

    Nice list. I think that you are forgetting about the biggest trend to change travel – collaborative consumption. Companies like Airbnb.com for accommodation and Eatwith.com for dining are making it possible to travel the world with every interaction and transaction with people. I think this is the big trend in travel – i would pay double to eat with a local family than sit in a touristy restaurant when i travel. And the same with accomodation. Good time to be a traveller!

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