tourism & travel

Whether people are looking to share a car on a road trip or the delicious churros they just tasted in Barcelona with their Twitter followers, including others in our travel experiences has been transformed in the past few years. While group travel has been around for centuries, the Internet and social sharing sites have facilitated travel connections in ways we’ve never seen before. Looking to sublet a fully furnished apartment in Paris for your trip? You can now do it with the click of a button. Looking to crash on someone’s couch in Santa Barbara? You no longer need to have that friend of a friend. With an intensified desire to experience more (see “YOLO” under “Adaptive Living”), we are finding new ways to travel that fit with our budget, travel style and bucket list.

We’re also seeing an intensified desire for personalization when it comes to travel. As people weave together trips and experiences to their personal liking, companies are taking note. Seemingly extinct, travel agents are actually making a comeback, offering a human connection when online options can be overwhelming in quantity and underwhelming in quality. Resorts are listening to what travelers are looking for in a vacation, going as far as providing packages that will help them completely disconnect from their technology. And if they want to get the vacation started early, airline terminals are beginning to cater to foodie and beauty needs (on-the-go manis, anyone?).


BRIC travelers (n.)

People looking to explore and take advantage of the rapidly growing economies in Brazil, Russia, India and China.


Digital detox-acation (n.)

A vacation in which technology is eliminated and participants are asked to fully disconnect from all devices and digital communications.

For more information on digital detox-acations, check out this article in Forbes.

Insta-traveling (n.)

Sharing travel experiences instantaneously with others via social media platforms.


SFT (n.)

Initialism for “solo female traveler,” as more women are venturing out on trips by themselves.


Travel agent comeback (n.)

The increase in business for travel agents after online options made them almost irrelevant; spurred by consumers’ increasing desire for personal service.

For more information on the travel agent comeback, check out this article from Reuters.