We may not have a crystal ball, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have solid predictions when it comes to the hottest family travel trends 2019. The coming year will see new approaches to how travelers interact with destinations based on evolving priorities. 2017 ushered in the trend of sustainable travel that benefits local communities, a concept that will continue to mature and evolve in 2019.
From adventures that change the world to year-round travel for the whole family, here’s what to expect. (These trends are so wonderful, we hope you’ll feel inspired to add one or more to your New Year’s resolutions!)
Meaningful Family Adventures Instead of Sights
Once upon a time, touring a destination meant checking off sights on a predetermined list of over-trafficked hotspots. But today’s family travelers want more than photographs with crowded monuments. We long for immersive cultural experiences allowing the entire family to learn and connect with the destination. We want to experience off-the-beaten-path locations and try new things.
Traveling families want to meet local artisans and shop authentic products. We crave unique, kid-friendly experiences like a cooking class with locals, a graffiti workshop, an art class, or a chocolate tour. If we’re in a region known for wine such as Valparaiso, Chile, we want to learn about the winemaking process. Traveling families look for opportunities to forge friendships and expand our cultural horizons. We actively seek out ways to learn more about the people, places, and ecosystems that we visit. Let’s make collecting experiences instead of sights our travel motto in 2019.
Family Adventures that Change the World
Sustainable travel will continue to redefine the travel and tourism industry in 2019. In 2013, just $5 of every $100 spent in a developing country stayed in that destination. But we can do better, and we are. Since 2014, Our Whole Village has been a leader in offering meaningful family travel experiences that benefit local communities and the environment. And we couldn’t be happier about the evolving travel consumer’s perspective on sustainability. Just check out these stats…
Forty percent of today’s travelers want to reduce their environmental impact. Thirty-four percent wish to pursue travel experiences that are locally relevant, and 33 percent want to know that their choice of accommodations is eco-friendly. In fact, 87 percent of global travelers want sustainable travel options. Let’s build on this momentum and make travel for positive change our priority in 2019.
Year-Round Travel for the Whole Family
When it comes to kids, there are so many benefits of family travel: building grit and determination, raising cultural awareness and tolerance, fostering good global citizens. For these reasons and so many more (like avoiding peak season crowds), today’s families are traveling year-round.
From planning around school breaks to world schooling, families with school-aged kids are finding innovative ways to get out and about during the autumn, winter, and spring. And families with infants and toddlers are taking advantage of the years before school to get in some serious travel, too. Not only does off-season travel mitigate the effects of overtourism, but it lets families incorporate a global mindset into their family culture. Let’s keep the trend moving by taking our kids everywhere throughout 2019.
Stress-Free Family Vacation Tour and Travel
Let’s face it. Travel proves unbelievably rewarding but also downright stressful. Especially when we’ve got little ones in tow. While the adventures don’t have to stop (and shouldn’t) once our family begins, streamlining our travels to reduce stress is a must. Travel hacks definitely help. But more and more families are leaving the details to family-friendly travel companies who understand their unique goals and challenges.
Our Whole Village is committed to taking the stress out of family adventures while providing one-of-a-kind travel experiences. From the immersive cultural experience of an authentic Costa Rica homestay to a kid-friendly trek to Machu Picchu to whale watching and island camping in Baja Mexico, we’ve got you covered. Let’s make 2019 the year of stress-free family adventures.
The Hottest Family Travel Trends 2019
How will you incorporate these family travel trends 2019 into your upcoming adventures? From adventures that change the world to sustainability, this is the year for travel that leads to positive change. Can we agree to make adventure our family New Year’s resolution in 2019?
At Our Whole Village, raising multicultural kids is our passion. We create transformational trips for curious families who want to create lasting memories while making a difference. We’re here to help you and your family experience the world, its peoples, and its cultures. Contact us today to learn more about the unforgettable experiences that we handcraft to introduce kids to the world and raise good global citizens.