At loggerheads: Revenge trip is a dish best served with a glass of something local. Photo/Unsplash, Alison Courtney; Getty
The return to foreign travel and the easing of borders have opened up a whole horizon of possibilities for Kiwi travellers. Some are less familiar than others.
As international tourism returns to go-mode, the menu of specialty trips and tours seems to have expanded in our absence.
This week, Flight Center’s David Coombes said the company was hoping to ride a wave of “revenge travel” as it rebuilds.
The Travelers pursue their “bucket list” with the same intensity as Uma Thurman in Kill Bill.
Two years of MIQ and suspended air links have honed their travel plans with laser focus – they know exactly what they want. In some cases, it’s very specific.
There’s no shortage of weird and wonderful travel trend predictions for 2022.
Before falling back into the familiar “fly and flop” or a city break across the ditch, have you considered taking a “buddymoon”?
This is both the year of the “Brocation” and the “secular spiritual retreat” – at least, various tourist offices have assured me. There are plenty of exotic vacation trends you’ve probably never encountered before.
To decipher some of the weirdest trends for 2022, we’ve compiled a glossary to narrow down your vacation plans.
Rather than an expensive destination wedding, couples choose to bring their friends for the honeymoon.
It used to be that inviting other people to your nuptials was a bad sign for the longevity of a marriage. But it’s a practical decision.
Spend-savvy couples know that the words “wedding ceremony” instantly triple the cost of any hotel booking.
Now the couples decide to save up the big day and use that money for a trip everyone can enjoy.
Velas Resorts in Mexico pioneered the idea of a Buddymoon package in 2017. Essentially, it’s a honeymoon singles can enjoy, win it all!
journey of revenge
You’ve spent the past two years postponing foreign travel, making up for lost time. You have defined exactly what you want to do and no amount of pre/post departure RATs or backdoor air connections will deter you from your goal.
“People are looking for very specific things,” says Bruce Poon Tip of G Adventures.
“They say ‘I want to climb Kilimanjaro’ or ‘I want to see Machu Picchu’, rather than ‘what do you have in West Africa or Peru?’
Now that they can, people are resuming plans canceled by the pandemic, or finally continuing that dream trip.
It will take some time for jet lag to catch up with us, but even before the pandemic, there was a growing movement avoiding air travel.
Flygskam was an entry in another year’s travel glossary. From Swedish meaning “Flight Shame”, it has been championed by climate activists like Greta Thunberg, encouraging travelers to reduce their jet fuel emissions.
Slow travel is the next logical step on this journey. It’s about flying less and thinking more about our travel choices. Finding an alternative, more environmentally friendly route may be slower, but it’s more rewarding.
Hike Hyde, data manager for European rail app Trainline, said he has already seen an increase in the number of green travellers. “There is an exciting future ahead of travelers who want to experience more of the train and discover the delights it has to offer,” he said.
Business and leisure trips
WFH is an acronym that has become redundant for most office workers.
After Auckland’s 100-day lockdown last year, many employees are still logging in remotely. There has been a realization that “working from home” can apply to any home, anywhere. Some rental sites have already seen an increase in weekday bookings. Last year, Airbnb offered to pay for 12 lucky travelers to stay for a “year of nomadic life”, by running a contest on their website.
The birth of the ‘Bleisure’ journey may seem repulsive, but it’s one thing. The merging of business and leisure travel has led to the launch of companies such as Remote Year and Hacker Paradise – concierge services helping digital professionals travel and network globally.
Destinations such as Barbados, Georgia, Anguilla, Dominica and Bermuda have launched digital nomad visas for longer stays.
With longer trips planned, it’s time to test time zones and Wi-Fi connections for truly remote work.
Maxi-break and mini-sabbaticals
On the other side of the hard work-hard play PowerPoint, we have the ‘Maxibrake’ or mini sabbatical. Stemming from office trends like the “Great Resignation,” some travelers are using 2022 to take a detour and explore other career opportunities.
This is an opportunity to find a new vocation during the holidays.
Travel agency Aweventurer has launched a series of mini sabbaticals to help travelers connect with professionals in a different field. This could involve a design apprenticeship in Oaxaca, or connecting with tech entrepreneurs in Tel Aviv, or tasting food and wine in Tuscany during a crash course in viticulture.
The babymoon has become a popular holiday choice for new parents. It is a question of leaving for a last return to school before the arrival of the little one.
Long-haul and late travel is out of the question, but it’s a rapidly growing trend.
In Australia and New Zealand, Peppers resorts have started offering babymoon packages with a
fetus-friendly “food on the womb” catering service. As heartbreaking as it may seem, getting a taste of last-minute adult luxury is high on the priority list.
One last hurrah, before it’s all pencils and car rides.
Pilgrimages are experiencing an unprecedented renaissance since the 1500s.
Researchers from Oxford and Swansea universities have seen indicators that in a post-pandemic world we are
looking for a more meaningful journey
“Since the start of the pandemic, many of us have spent more time near mountains, rivers, waterfalls and parks, for psychological recovery, spiritual recharge and as a form of meaningful travel,” said l author of the study, Jaeyeon Choe.
The most famous example, the Camino san Sebastian in Spain, already reached walker numbers before the pandemic.
You don’t have to be of a particular faith to enjoy a pilgrimage.
Two long-distance medieval pilgrimage routes – St Aidan’s Trail and St Patrick’s Trail – have been restored to allow more people to enjoy a pilgrim’s progress.