From remote luxury to achievement-based travel, 2018 is set to be a year of long trips, slowing down, and learning to appreciate the world around us.
- Wildlife in Latin America
Where Africa was once solely considered the destination for wildlife spotting, there have been amazing developments in Latin America’s conservation scene. From bird-watching to jaguar conservation, this region has a lot to rival other parts of the world, and there are now several luxury properties that specialize in wildlife viewing.
Like in Argentina, the Awasi group of hotels is opening a third location later in 2017- the Awasi Iguazu. Placed on the edge of the famous Iguazu Falls bordering with Brazil, Awasi’s new excursions will uncover the Atlantic Rainforest, taking guests to parts of Iguazu which are never normally seen. Personal and unique itineraries are developed with a biologist, exploring the area around the falls with a private guide, in the style of traditional safaris.
- Achievement-based travel
With 2017 as the year of experiential travel, connecting closely with the country or destination, 2018 will see this taken a step further and people pushing to achieve a lifelong goal or using travel to “find themselves”.
More and more, people are travelling to achieve something, whether that be climbing Mt Kilimanjaro or hiking the Annapurna Circuit. Travel companies have recently seen a rise in the number of trips that involve trekking and hiking. For example, between 2015 and 2016 the number of such trips taken with Jacada Travel doubled, with a similar growth rate happening in 2017.
This trend is a reflection of another notable trend in the travel industry that sees travellers wanting more from their trips than just a standard sightseeing tour.
- Sustainable Tourism
Sustainability has been a buzzword in the travel industry for a few years, but we are finally seeing the concept go from theoretical to legitimate practice, with luxury properties and operators around the world increasingly adopting interesting ways to put their money where their mouths are.
Several vineyards have taken to using animals, as opposed to traditional machines, to pick their grapes and fertilise the ground. Kayotei in Japan, as well as Emiliana in Chile and Vergenoegd in South Africa, use ducks. Matetic Vineyard – also in Chile and set to open in 2018 – will be letting llamas and chickens roam between the vines, nibbling on the leaves and fertilising the soil as they go. Tractors are heavy and push the oxygen out of the soil, so it also affects the quality of the earth to use these vehicles
A few other interesting ways that companies are demonstrating a serious commitment to improving our world’s ecological situation like the Baines Camp in Botswana was built using a frame of elephant dung and recycled cans.
- Remote luxury
Luxury is increasingly being associated with remoteness and disconnectivity. And with people dedicating more time towards travel (see below) they are willing to travel to far-flung, often difficult to get to destinations in order to feel like they have a small piece of the world – or almost – entirely to themselves.
Lodges and hotels are being built completely off the map, specifically in areas that have poor phone reception and are more challenging to get to.
A few of the most popular remote hotels in the world include:
Annandale, New Zealand – Here, lodges are so remote, you have two options for food: hire a private chef or you can enjoy the ‘We Create, You Serve’ programme where breakfast, a picnic lunch and three-course dinner are prepared and left in your fridge for you to simply pop in the oven and enjoy.