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TRENDING TRAVEL 2019

1 week ago | BY Huma Hazarika Sharma

 The best ways to discover the world

The last few years have seen a big shift in how a majority of the world is travelling, especially millennials, and it’s not just about staying at swanky hotels and Airbnb’s anymore. It’s about discovering places that were left untapped until now. Feeding your soul and your mind, and while making your way ’round the world, ensuring you leave the least carbon footprint behind.We’ve rounded up 6 trends that are big this year. Have any of these made it to your travel bucketlist yet?

CONSCIOUS TRAVEL
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Ethical or sustainable travel as it’s otherwise known, conscious travel is all about respecting every town, country & region by not littering, being polite, and minimising our contribution to the waste. Always carry a bum bag or a backpack to clear your waste . in case you can’t spot a dustbin, and a water-bottle so you don’t end up buying endless plastic ones #DoYourBitForTheEarth

TRAVEL ON FOOT
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holding4AEverything from nature to wildlife and photography walks, the best way to explore a place, its culture, food, people, its very soul is through guided tours, which are increasingly becoming popular. Discover everything from the Double Root bridges in Meghalaya’s Nongriat to the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu that will absolutely blow your mind. And anything that involves that much walking requires a sturdy pair of quality shoes that serve the dual purpose of protecting your feet and reducing waste by not wearing out soon.

LUXURY TRAVEL
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From glamping to luxury cruises, and the swankiest hotels, luxury travel is predicted to grow by 6.2% over the next 5 years. Not surprising considering people now have more disposable incomes that ever before and want nothing short of the best, and are willing to spend big bucks on it – we are talking fancy villas, remote private islands, and more, and of course a fancy place demands that you dress accordingly, and a dinner jacket and a dress always come in handy #LuxeAndFabulous

TRAVEL OFF-SEASON
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Well, this is a no-brainer really, especially for those of us travelling to discover a place, and not just to fill our IG feed with endless staged photographs. A roundtrip can cost you as little as half the price compared to peak-season, with several airlines offering discounts, and everything from hotels to food to local attractions available at a fraction of the cost. Get more mileage for your money and pack in more adventures for less, so ensure you always dress comfy in cottons and walking-friendly sneakers #TravelOnABudget

EXPERIENTIAL TRAVEL
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Everything from drinking Ahayusca with a shaman in the Amazonian forest to visiting the Berlin Wall, or getting the beejusus scared out of you at Vlad Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania or at the very haunted Island of the Dolls in Mexico, experiential travellers want to experience things they’d only read about until now, and while it’s always been a trend, it’s just fast-gaining momentum. Since it can involve anything from being out in the sun to sitting patiently through canoe-rides, or something more primitive, free-flowing, comfortable clothes are ideal.

TRAVEL TO DISCOVER
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Going to places as yet untapped, travellers that fall into this category are usually all about the adventure and discovering places, people, culture and food from their perspective, instead of how endless guidebooks say they should. Since you might end up doing anything from combing through ravines or wading through shallow rivers, athleisure is the only way to go #BroadenYourHorizon