Emerging travel trends

What destinations and types of destinations are trending?

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Gone are the days of the stereotypical tourist with sunglasses, a camera around their neck and a tropical shirt.

Today's traveller is a new breed of explorer. They're on the hunt for adventure, they're digital savvy and they're unafraid to break convention.

Travel trends

Trending travel types explained

Sustainable travel

Conscious travel is a quickly growing trend, with travellers seeking to reduce their carbon footprint while away.

Between 2018 and 2019, Skyscanner noted a 103% year on year increase in travellers opting to purchase a more eco-friendly airfare.

Airlines, hotels and tour companies are assisting in our progress toward more eco-friendly travel. Many airlines are swapping out their current fleet for lower emission planes, tour companies such as G Adventures are offering sustainable experiences that benefit and support the local community. Hotels are working toward reducing their water and electricity consumption.

Slow travel

Based around the slow food movement, slow travel is part appreciation of a more relaxing mode of travel but also has a toe into sustainable practices.

It's about enjoying the journey, taking slower modes of transport, enjoying the local cuisine and generally giving you more time to reflect and "just be" in the destination.

It's a slower trend, with Skyscanner noticing a 20% increase in the movmement's adoption.


In 2018, a Nielsen poll found that 21% of Australian millennials (18-24 year olds) spent between $2,000 and $5,000 on their summer holidays. This compared with only 8% of 45-64 year olds.

These figures reflect an emerging travel trend known as "flashpacking". It's a term used to describe backpackers who travel with a backpack but have disposable income and no financial obligations such as a mortgage. Because of this, they don't tend to fit the bill of a typical backpacker, but are more likely seen in high-end hotels and dining in restaurants.

Backpacking seniors

In line with the backpacking theme, another emerging travel trend is the backpacking senior.

These are usually clean cut and financially independent travellers, but the main difference between them and the stereotypical backpacker is their age.

In fact, according to a survey by travel insurer InsureandGo, over 60% of Australians believe backpacking has no age limit at all.

Dark tourism

As well as how we travel, where we travel is also changing. For example, another travel trend some may find disturbing is "dark tourism". This is tourism to locations of historical destruction or loss.

Dark tourism can be as innocent as attending Anzac Day services in Gallipoli or as grim as tours of war zones, murder houses and scenes of natural disasters.

For example, the growing interest in visiting Chernobyl following the TV series is classified as dark tourism.


This is a holiday taken by pregnant couples in their third trimester in order to enjoy a last-minute getaway before the responsibilities of parenthood prevent them from travelling.
Research undertaken by Finder found that one in five pregnant couples took a babymoon trip, with most preferring to travel within Australia.

However, 5% did opt to head overseas while heavily pregnant.

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