Whether your tastes include climbing mountains in Nepal, island-hopping in the Med or enjoying an Alaskan cruise, there’s one thing all travellers share – the urge to take a break from the norm. Luckily, this world is a wide one and offers a lengthy list of experiences, tours and activities to suit all manner of preferences. Here are a few of the fastest growing experiential travel trends of 2018, according to TripAdvisor. How many will you try?
It appears that history buffs were out in force last year – history and heritage experiences saw the most growth in the sector. One of the most popular new experiences added to TripAdvisor was the Jewish Quarter Anne Frank Walking Tour in Amsterdam, where travellers had the opportunity to listen to interesting stories and discover fun facts about this beautiful city, as well as learn about the history that lines its streets. Another favourite was the Chicago River Architecture Tour which introduced travellers to the way that famous skyline has changed and developed over the years.
They say that food is the way to the heart, and this appears to be especially true of the travelling community. TripAdvisor revealed that food tours and cooking classes had experienced a surge in popularity over the past 12 months, particularly amongst US travellers. Whether you’re looking to whip up a Spanish paella and range of tapas with a local chef in Barcelona or indulge in a guided Street Food Tour in Rome, you’re bound to find yourself in good company.
While history, heritage and sampling delicious delicacies make or break a trip for some, there are others who just need a hefty dose of sun, sea and sand to send them straight to holiday heaven. Aquatic activities also experienced a surge in popularity last year with sunset cruises, snorkelling trips, sailing trips and kayaking all ranking high in the year’s fastest growing categories.
If queues have been known to put you off visiting some of the world’s top landmarks, you’re not alone – skip-the-line access passes were one of the most popular products of last year. While TripAdvisor revealed that travellers have stayed loyal to iconic attractions, they are becoming more economical with their time. The most booked experiences in the world included a skip-the-line pass for the Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel as well as a tour of Ancient Rome and the magnificent Colosseum. A pass that can save you hours of waiting at busy times of the year? Once you’ve tried it, you’ll never look back.
However you choose to spend your downtime, be sure to choose the right travel insurance for your trip – one which covers all the activities in which you hope to participate. Medical Travel Compared can help you explore a range of insurers – some of which provide cover for pre-existing medical conditions – so that you can find your perfect plan with ease.