MUMBAI : In the months after the pandemic-induced lockdowns were lifted, ‘revenge travel‘ became a massive trend. It continued for a while, led by desperation from people who were cooped up inside their houses looking for a change of scene. It also led to some sub-trends, mostly destination-driven. For instance, international travel was halted for the longest time leaving people with no option but to explore lesser-known domestic places. Post revenge, travelling assumed a ‘slower’ form with a lot of interest and focus on sustainability, especially after it came to the fore that all this eagerness to travel somewhere, anywhere, without being mindful is potentially burdening the environment and local communities.
More recently, ‘sleep tourism’ was an industry focus with sleep-deprived souls looking for ways to sleep-a-wink.
Now, with a new year rolling in, can we expect some new trends? While the pandemic is still very much a part of our life, what can tourists expect to do in 2023? Here are some things we found out.
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To begin with, digital travel company Booking.com revealed seven predictions for 2023, stating in a press release that nothing will be off-limits and everything is on the menu as everyone seeks to find the right balance in a world of contradictions. According to its 2023 predictions, the needs of travellers are moving in a lot of different directions to adapt to changing times.
It stated that going off-grid will be a sought-after trend in 2023, with 64 per cent of Indian travellers wanting their travel experiences to have a more back-to-basics feel to escape reality, switching off and experiencing life with only the bare necessities. In addition to that, 71 per cent of Indian travellers want to experience complete culture shock in 2023, like travelling somewhere with a completely different language.
Among other trends, meditation and mindfulness getaways will be popular; while 75 per cent of Indians want their trips to be strictly work-free in 2023, 64 per cent are not interested in working while away. As such, travelling for business will make a comeback in 2023.
There are many kinds of travels that are predicted, like leisure travelling, pilgrimage travel, sustainable and responsible tourism, staycations, meditation and mindfulness getaways, etc.
Which one are you planning to have?
Let us know in the comments below!
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Credits - The Indian Express
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