As the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization brings the year of sustainable tourism to a close, adventurous Canadian families are looking forward to a new year of exciting new trends and emerging destinations. Here’s a list of 8 family travel trends for 2018:
Poshtels are youth hostels without the grunge factor – and they’re no longer just for youth. Families love the economy of these boutique hostels, many of which have en-suite rooms. Check out this list of 11 amazing hostels in Europe from Hostelworld, or search through the properties owned by the Youth Hostel Association of England and Wales, to see just how far backpacker youth hostels have come.
A flytographer is a vacation photographer. For approximately the same price as a high-end photo studio, a local professional photographer will help you plan your shoot, meet you on location, and snap away. The advantage of hiring a pro is that he or she will have the inside track on the best locations and lighting for a great shot. Check out flytographer.com to meet the hundreds of flytographers for hire around the world.
3. Foraging Tours
Cooking-classes are sooo last season! Head into the forest and field and start digging for your delicious supper with a foraging tour. Notable tours include Puck’s Plenty in Ontario, the Wild Kitchen, in County Clare Ireland, and this truffle-hunting experience in Istria, Croatia.
4. Digital Detoxes
Although travel experts at Booking.com predict an increase in the use new technologies such as virtual reality for choosing travel destinations, we believe that many families want to completely switch off at their family travel destination. It’s our prediction that in 2018, hotels and resorts will begin to advertise “no internet” or “WiFi-free” as a selling point.
Move over selfie sticks, the drones have arrived, and they are becoming more affordable with many models costing less than the price of a digital SLR camera. Family vacation photography is so much fun when you’re the pilot of a small, remote-controlled aircraft. Do check local rules and regs before you take flight as drones are banned in many US cities.
6. Wadi Rum, Jordan
The Jordan Trail is a rejuvenated ancient hiking path that spans the length of the country and is voted as one of National Geographic’s Best Travel destinations for 2018. We think the real treasure is toward the south of the trail at Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon, where families can ride camels, horses or Jeeps, go rock climbing, and wake up in a Bedouin tent. With dramatic sandstone cliffs and soft red sand, the kids will think they’ve landed on Mars.
Hurricane Irma gave the northern Caribbean a beating during the 2017 hurricane season, but it hasn’t dampened the hospitality of Anguilla. Formerly a playground for the rich and “don’t want to be seen on the cover of HELLO magazine” famous, Anguilla is now a mainstream tourist island, with a clear, chilled out vibe, perfect for families.
8. Pyeongchang, Korea