"We are at the vanguard of a new industry determined to pioneer twenty-first century spacecraft, which will open space to everybody — and change the world for good."

Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Galactic

Space Tourism

This trend is out of this world, quite literally! Now we know maybe this is a little out of our budget - but space tourism is seeing increasing demand, so much so Virgin Galactic is reopening seat sales later this year!

They currently have 603 space tourists on their books, at a mere $250,000 a ticket. So if you're looking to get a ticket it might be time to start saving!


Virgin Galactic Fleet

SpaceX Launch

SpaceX Mission
Images courtesy of Virgin Galactic and Space X

Ecotourism

Ecotourism may have been around for years, but thanks to people like Greta Thunberg (or should we say Sharon!), there's ever more focus on our environmental impact on the world. So we are picking 2020 as the year ecotourism becomes more mainstream.

Ecotourism at it's heart is about having more sustainable, meaningful and authentic trips - whether this be simple actions like booking an eco-friendly hotel or going all out and joining a conservation holiday.

"Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education"

TIES, 2015
Courtesy of h2 hotel
Photo courtesy of h2 Hotel.

"Uncovering your ethnic origins could inspire a life-changing journey to the places in your family's past."

Ancestry.com

Ancestry Travel

More and more people are becoming interested in their DNA ancestry - and with a rise of searching out more meaningful trips it makes sense to tie the two together and take a trip to explore your families roots.

In spirit of this Airbnb and 23andMe have partnered up to make planning your hertiage trip even easier. So this year rather than visiting the same old destinations simply follow your DNA!

Courtesy of Airbnb

Courtesy of Airbnb

Courtesy of Airbnb
Images courtesy of Airbnb

Hipster Cruises

Now cruises are nothing new, but considering the average age of a cruise passenger is 46, when you think 'cruise' millenials don't really come to mind! Enter Virgin Voyages - setting sail in 2020 is a brand new fleet of cruise liners tailored to the younger audience.

Think free unlimited Wi-Fi, instagrammable food, live music, record shops and of course amazing poolside opportunities. Cruise around the Caribbean or Mediterranean in style - and don't forget we offer specialist cruise insurance so you can do it all worry free!

"Virgin Voyages is redefining what a luxury cruise ship means by combining premium elements from favorites on land with the freedom and simplicity of a life well lived on the open ocean. "

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages Cabin
Photo courtesy of Virgin Voyages.

"These mini travel adventures allows one to experience a greater number of destinations by taking multiple "micro-vacations" instead of a single long one."

@AFoldenauer_RBC

Microcations

We all know both time and money are precious - so the days of the standard 2 week summer holiday may be over. More and more people are now moving towards microcations, trips that are 4 nights or less. Rather than blowing your budget on a longer holiday, why not take a number of shorter breaks.

Don't think this means you have to sacrifice on experience, far from it - companies like Exodus are curating trips to "[maximise] what's possible in less time". Whether that be chasing the Northern Lights in Iceland or summiting a mountain in Morocco.

Courtesy of Exodus

Courtesy of Exodus

Courtesy of Exodus
Images courtesy of Exodus

Slo-mo Travel

Flygskam, which literally translates to 'flight shame', is a climate change movement which encourages people to stop travelling by plane - and it looks to be working. In 2020 almost half (48%) of travellers are looking to take it slow to help reduce their environmental impact.

But taking it slow isn't just about not flying, it's about searching out alternative forms of transport that offer more unique and memorable experiences.

"Instead of experiencing the constant fear of missing out (FOMO) and trying to speed through as much as possible, travel in 2020 will be all about taking it slow."

Booking.com


Slo-mo Travel

"The Wave is an inland surf destination where everyone can surf on consistent, safe waves all year round."

The Wave, Bristol

Surfing Holidays

As surfing makes its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 games - what better time for people to be inspired and head on their own surfing adventure.

If you've never tried surfing before, you can even get your feet wet closer to home. Why not visit The Wave in Bristol, the brand new inland surfing destination where you can enjoy perfect surf all year round.




Travelling With Your Pets

Okay, this one might depend on what type of pet you have - this year instead of stressing over whether you can find a dog sitter or worrying about them whilst you're away, why not bring them with you!

With sites like Canine Cottages and Pets Pyjamas making it easy to find pet friendly accomodation it's time to start packing their suitcase! If you're heading abroad don't forget to check our guide on travelling with pets.

"Sharing the wonders of travel with our furry family member is becoming easier in 2020 . . . I mean they probably have bucket lists too, right?"

PopSugar

Dog On The Beach

Dog In A Hotel

Cat In Suitcase

"Expo 2020 Dubai will host the world for 173 days, each one brimming with new experiences."

Expo 2020 Dubai

Travelling For Events

2020 brings a number of big international events and these can be a great excuse to plan a trip and explore the surrounding area! You could visit Dubai for the 2020 World Expo. A big football fan? At the UEFA 2020 Euro's there's not 1, but 12 amazing European cities to choose from - including Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Budapest.

Our top pick for 2020 is Tokyo - home of the 2020 Olympics and one of our favourite countries that we have visited. As always check out our travel guide for all the best places to visit and our top tips!



Nakations

Now this really is the "less is more" approach to travel - in an increasingly always plugged in world this is about going off the grid and getting back to basics.

So what is a 'Nakation' - it's a clothing optional trip that in essence is about leaving judgement behind and enjoying the freedom of holidaying in the nude!

"In a sense, to 'nakay' is to truly, and properly, reset—to strip it down to a base level and, in some deeper way, re-learn who we are."

Adventure.com


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