Your friends are touring the world, why aren't you?
Finding a moment to slow down, decompress, and enjoy a vivid experience somewhere far away - isn't this a luxury you need?
Of course, it is, and these days there are different ways to think of luxury. It’s less about spending money on a trip and more about the unique experience of it. We decided to take a look at travel trends through 2018 to give us an idea of what we ought to be thinking about for 2019.
When we looked into Google Trends for “luxury travel,” we noticed that the overall interest in that term has been on a decline:
However “travel experiences” is a term that’s been on the rise since 2012. This Google Trend result confirms that we are more often looking for new things to experience when traveling:
So why is the experience of travel trending upward while the conventional idea of luxury travel is on the decline? Perhaps it’s because we are taking fewer vacations, which means we want to make each of them very memorable:
One trend that is on the rise is the “Bed and Breakfast” experience. That’s likely because of B and B’s promise a uniquely personal experience that cannot be found in a stay-at-a-large hotel.
We decided to conduct a personal survey, asking our staff what adds luxury to their travels, and what their destination recommendation would be for 2019. Here’s what they said:
For Kurt, HappyLuxe’s CEO, luxury travel is travel with family. And ideally, it would be travel to Paris, France
Christine, HappyLuxe’s VP of Product Development & Marketing, says that for her luxury travel means “Stay with the locals. Ever since BnB became a trend, it has redefined luxury travel for me. It opened the doors for richer experiences and to explore destinations authentically. We love shopping in the local markets and preparing our food rather than eating out every single meal. It’s fun, and it gets us talking to the locals about their favorite dishes and how to cook them.”
Christine’s ideal luxury destination would be Italy because of its culture, breathtaking architecture and beautiful countrysides with so much to see and do.
Daniel, who handles HappyLuxe’s digital marketing, recommends that you “go on a journey on your own, at least once. You'll have more freedom to explore, meet the locals, enjoy peace of mind and time with yourself.”
His luxury destination of choice in Dubai. “The skyline will take your breath away. If you're looking to pamper yourself, this is the destination for you.”
Daniel also says that for him and his friends, the best travel accessories mean the best travel experience. Their simplicity and comfort are key to traveling luxuriously. We’ve designed our products to make that possible. They can all be found in our travel accessories store online.