Solo travel trends for 2017 destinations, tours, cruises – solo traveler gas out game directions

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• Based on what countries people have searched in our Accommodation Guide in the past three months, solo travelers are looking at home destinations with the US and the UK being number one and two. I suggest that this means people are traveling their hope country because these are also number one and two in terms of where our readers live. Runner’s up include Italy, France, Spain and Thailand.

• The Destinations section of Solo Traveler comes up with different results. Top posts were on Berlin, Cuba, San Francisco, Mexico City and Taipei though in this case it could just be curiosity whereas with searches of the Accommodation Guide would likely mean that people have actively planning a trip to that destination.

• Tracking the bookings by solo travelers with Vantage Culinary Delights & Historic Treasures on The Seine 2017, Best of Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana & Namibia 2017 and Majestic Rivers of Europe: Castles, Cathedrals & Fairytales 2017 are shaping up to be the most popular destinations for 2017. All are offered with no single supplement through the links above.

I love the take in this article on Skift, a travel industry journal. In writing about the Queen Mary II, the luxury, long-distance cruise ship, they note that while it has long catered to dogs and cats it is finally giving solo travelers a bit of royal treatment as well. Unfortunately that’s all it said. The fact that the ship now has solo staterooms was a throw-away line. Argh! The renovation resulted in 15 staterooms for solo travelers.

The cruise industry is a tough nut to crack for solo travel. Unlike tour companies that can modify their tour, negotiate with hotels and take other steps to adjust their financial model to serve solo travelers, a cruise ship is self contained. The business model is tight and less flexible. Yet still, as per the Queen Mary II, more ships are being built with solo cabins and despite them being small and expensive, people are buying. According to figures from Cruise118.com, the number of people booking a solo cruise doubled in 2016 over 2015. I capacity continues to grow I expect that the trend for solo cruisers will be growth as well.

The upward trend of escaping work and taking vacation time is, HOPEFULLY, most prevalent in the United States. The reason is that it is the country where people have been least likely to take their vacation time. The American currency is strong at the moment so it is a good time to go.

A year ago I was at the annual meeting of the Society of American Travel Writers and the keynote speaker, Roger Dow of the US Travel Association, spoke about America’s Vacation Deficit, the harm it does to employees and the financial liability it creates for companies. Using vacation time is a win-win for business and employees. Time off is shown to improve overall health, it reinvigorates an enthusiasm for work, stimulates creativity and generally makes workers more interesting. There are now companies that offer incentives to employees to take their vacations, some that have a minimum vacation requirement and still others that offer unlimited vacation options. I’m putting this in as a trend as I hope readers will promote it by taking all their vacation time and encouraging everyone you know to do the same.

The biggest news out of the United Kingdom last year was Brexit and according to the 2016 World Travel Market Report 65% of Brits “fear their holidays will cost more next year [2017] because of Brexit – and almost a third of travel firms expect to raise prices as a result of the vote to leave the European Union.” Caroline Bremner, Head of Travel and Tourism Research at Euromonitor International is quoted in the report: “In terms of UK outbound, the drop in the pound and the economic uncertainty will be a big drag on UK residents travelling abroad, which will be a boon for domestic tourism”. The expectation is that there more Brits will enjoy staycations however the results are not yet in.