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With the new year quickly approaching here is some offerings on new travel trends we can expect to see in the coming year. ‘Poshtels,’ ‘braggies,’ and peer-to-peer eating are just some of the trends that will shape the global travel market over the next year, a report by the World Travel Market (WTM) in conjunction with Euromonitor published this week has found. Here are just a few.
Instant messaging, wearable tech, robots
Tech continues to drive the future of travel and it’s shaping everything from the way we show off about our holidays with “braggies,” like a selfie, but taken within 10 minutes of arriving at your hotel. It’s also changing who brings us room service (clue: it might not be a human).
The Apple Watch, which goes on sale in 2015, that’s expected to be the real game changer. Starwood Hotels, which owns the Sheraton, St. Regis, W hotels and several other global brands, is getting ahead of the trend with an Apple Watch and iPhone app that allows hotel guests to unlock their hotel rooms without a key card.
Busy young entrepreneurs may find it difficult to break away for long lounging vacations yet can achieve their luxury fill in a matter of days. The fleeting getaway allows you to step on board your private jet and be whisked away to exotic locations without the fuss. Jet from the fast paced streets of cosmopolitan Hong Kong to the tantalizing Forbidden City in Beijing, hop across the continent from New York to the vine tangled bliss of a weekend escape to the Napa Valley, or discover mesmerizing Spanish flair and Michelin star feasts on the shores of San Sebastian. The fleeting getaway is the very essence of the jet set lifestyle.
Hanging with the locals
Peer-to-peer sites that offer experiences, like Vayable.com, are also popping up. Vayable connects travelers with locals offering everything from a night photography tour of Paris to kayaking in Auckland to a tour of Kibera, Africa’s largest slum. Services like these are forecast to become some of the fastest growing areas in the travel industry over the next few years, fueled by the public’s appetite for authentic experiences and connections with local people.
Luxury yacht charters
From the olive infused shores of the Mediterranean to the eerie emerald skies of the Northern Lights, luxury yacht charters can show you another side to the world. Imagine setting sail into a hazy horizon enveloped in complete serenity and sheer luxury. Spend mornings sipping champagne on the sun deck and afternoons stepping ashore to explore the blaze of worldly port cities. The beautiful Baltics, show stopping Alaska and the warmth of the Mediterranean are still making waves when it comes to divine destinations to explore on a luxury yacht charter.