Travel trends to watch out for in 2015

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Published: March 12, 2015 4:59:17 PM

This year is definitely going to be a wonderful year for travellers with an opportunity for short breaks

This year is definitely going to be a wonderful year for travellers with an opportunity for short breaks (nine long weekends) that includes among others international holidays to short haul destinations. Indian travel is evolving and this year will be witness to a whole new set of trends that will define your travel. The appreciating value of the rupee and competitive airfares will offer a boost to international travel this year making it even more appealing. Hotels.com, online accommodation booking website gives a sneak peek of the emerging travel trends in 2015.

Emergence of Poshtels– These are a hybrid of the ‘hostel’ and the ‘hotel’, especially for the young and single travellers who are watching the pennies but still demand a stylised, glamorous hotel experience. Many hostels are upgrading their facilities and adapting modern and luxurious design with high-tech facilities like, offering restaurants, twin en-suite rooms, free Wi-Fi and breakfast. These are accommodations competing with the boutique hotel.

But first let me take a Braggie!’- Selfies were the biggest trend of 2014 and emerging out of that is the ‘braggie’. A Braggie is a picture taken and uploaded to social media by a holidaymaker in an attempt to brag about the holidaymaker’s exotic surroundings. Typical ‘braggies’ include a view from the hotel window, the room’s bed and the surrounding landscape. Hotels are tapping into this trend of clicking away by offering customers free perks and rewards if they post their photos on to the hotel’s Facebook or Instagram accounts.

Millennials- Hotels are adapting to the mobile, 24/7, networking generation known as Millennials. Thanks to which, more affordable hotels are getting style upgrades. Millennials crave stylish settings but often lack the deep pockets of Baby Boomers, accounting for the surge of value-chic brands.

Thrust for Thrillication- Thrillication is travel with a dose of extreme adventure for the adrenaline junkie. This includes adventure sports with a twist that are sure to leave you with goosebumps. Activities like snorkelling with the sharks, kayaking with the whales or Bungi jumping into an active volcano are some of the sports that make the cut.

Live in HD with Techcication- The requirements of the traveller have changed from a good hotel room with comfortable beds to a fully technologically equipped hotel room. Travellers are looking out for hotels that offer free mobile check-ins, Wifi, a good television, automated lights etc to maximise the experience of staying at the hotel. Hotels have gone a step further to work on this front and some are even providing Google Glasses to their in house guests.

Tease your taste buds with Foodcation- Food has always been an Indian favourite. Foodcation is a trend where travellers travel to experience the local food culture and delicacies of the place. It could be anything from the deep fried crickets in Bangkok or having the authentic Italian pizza in its place of origin.

Relax and Indulge in Staycation- Staycation is an emerging trend which is slowly catching up. This is for travel enthusiasts who due to the barrier of space or time decide to stay at a hotel in the city or close to the city they live in order to get a break from the hectic daily life. This is for the traveller who basks in the amenities the hotel has to offer.

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