Every year, the travel and tourism industry surprises us with new and exciting travel trends.

Companies come up with innovative solutions to make our travel experience more enjoyable, from home-sharing and luxury train travel to virtual reality trips. So you might be wondering, what’s on the horizon for 2016? Here are some predictions for some of the travel trends in store for the year ahead:

The rise of solo travel

Many travellers claim that traveling alone is the best way to see the world. According to a 2015 Visa Global Travel Intentions Study, the number of solo travelers grew from 15% to 24% from 2013 to 2015. There’s no stigma attached to travelling alone anymore. People want to see the world on their own terms, no more compromising on where to go, what to see and who gets the window seat. Travelling solo gives you the freedom to do what you want and when you want. According to a recent study conducted by booking.com, 65% of women feel more confident when taking a trip by themselves. Some of the top destinations for solo travellers include Paris, New Zealand, Switzerland, Spain and Bali. If you don’t want to be alone throughout your entire journey, this article has some great ideas on how you can meet people when travelling solo.  

Experiential travel

Experiential travel is all about building connections through engagement. People are no longer only concerned with visiting countries with the most popular heritage sites or amenities. They’re seeking something more unique and personal, they want to immerse themselves in the culture of the country they’re visiting. They’re want to feast on local cuisine, connect with locals and truly experience the history, people and culture. This quote found in this article sums it up quite nicely, “travelling is always a new experience, but when you feel the place instead of just look at it, you have captured experiential travel.”  

Business meets pleasure

Millennials are putting more and more importance on a healthy work-life balance. This may have influenced business travellers to combine more leisure into their business trips. ‘Bleisure’ travellers make time to work and play during their business trips. They extend their trips and sometimes bring the family along, so they can explore, relax and create fun memories. This trend of mixing business and pleasure is really taking off: according to a survey by BridgeStreet Global Hospitality, 60% of people said they were more likely to take a bleisure trip today than they were five years ago.

The rise of wellness travel

The wellness tourism industry is on the rise and has already become a multi-billion pound sector. These days, people have become more health conscious, so it makes sense that even our travel habits would take a healthier turn. As we continue to increase our work-life balance, consumers are willing to pay more for yoga retreats and beach and spa vacations than ever before. Travellers want to return from vacation feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, both mentally and physically. Nature walks, detoxing, meditation, spa days and lounging by the beach are all forms of wellness travel. According to this article, “hotels and airlines are sinking plenty of money to embrace the wellness revolution, and the trend will truly become the new norm in 2016.”

Travel trends are constantly changing and improving the way we travel. If you’re interested in keeping up with the latest travel trends, you should consider taking a trip to Spain – one of the hot countries to visit in 2016. And if you ever find yourself in the trendy Costa Blanca, get in touch with AR Hotels to book a stay at one of our gorgeous hotels in Calpe.