From “haycations” to regenerative tourism, Penny McCormick investigates this year’s travel trends …
Revenge travel, aka making up for lost time during the pandemic, already underway in late 2022, is predicted to be one of 2023’s top travel trends. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2023 annual hot list recommends intrepid journeys such as taking the eleven-hour night train from Istanbul, Turkey to Sofia, Bulgaria and a road trip through Nova Scotia, Canada. As an Anne of Green Gables fan I hope to make it to Prince Edward Island, close to Nova Scotia, one day.
Luxury travel expert Brendan Breen, of OROKO TRAVEL, says: “There was definitely a bounceback in 2022, with 80 per cent of travel to Greece, Italy and Croatia. The demand for long-haul adventure travel and multigenerational family trips is on the rise. Locations popular with customers include Namibia, Costa Rica and Argentina which all provide scope for combining quieter stays in nature with the vibrancy of city life.” www.orokotravel.ie.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS: Shipwreck Lodge, an Oroko partner property on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast.
Breen has also seen a rise in Irish customers booking trips to South Africa, combining the quest for adventure in safari parks with enjoying its burgeoning culinary scene and renowned vineyards. This month, TIME + TIDE FUTURE FOUND SANCTUARY is opening. It is Cape Town’s only luxury mountain retreat and a regenerative travel destination – another 2023 travel trend. “Taking one or two steps further than sustainable tourism, regenerative tourism is about recognising the role that we play in the areas that we operate, and the responsibility we have to our stakeholders and our planet. It is about making a positive long-term impact on the environment, livelihoods, and communities in the areas you operate in,” explains Bruce Simpson, CEO of Time + Tide. Guest experiences are grounded in nature, from waterfall walks to forest bathing, and may include having dedicated tea sommeliers, scent specialists and wellness gurus to help realign, reflect and rest. www.futurefoundsantuary.com.
I may need to download Taylor Swift’s Cowboy Like Me to channel the new “haycation” trend, swapping an addiction to boutique hotels for more rustic choices. From ranches in the US to farmhouses in the Australian outback and agriturismo gems in Italy, “haycations” provide the triple benefits of an authentic, wilder countryside experience and proximity to animals.
TD ACTIVE HOLIDAYS provide plenty of inspiration for these off-piste destinations, with departures from Dublin. For example, explore Patagonia with their expert guides (on a trip departing September 21), that includes trekking Mount Fitz Roy in Los Glaciares National Park, exploring the great outdoors in Torres del Paine National Park and experiencing the natural beauty of El Calafate and El Chalten. www.tdactiveholidays.com.
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