It is generally said that travel not only broadens one’s vision but also enlightens and expands a person’s worldly perspective of things. A man has always been fascinated by the adventure of travel, whether out of necessity, pleasure, trade or his restless spirit to discover and explore new territories to seek out riches or spices for trade in spices was a lucrative business.
Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer, with the support of Isabella and Ferdinand, the ruling monarchs of Spain set sail with three ships, the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria to discover the new worlds hoping to reach India.
Similarly, Captain James Cook of England on board the H.M.S Endeavour lay anchor in Botany Bay far way in the South which later on was colonised by the British and now called Australia. Perhaps It goes without saying that two of the greatest travellers of all time were Marco Polo and IbnBatuta .
Marco Polo., (1254-1324) a young Venetian, was 17 only when he travelled to discover new places with his father and uncle. They travelled through Central Asia, Persia, through the Silk Route to China to become the guests of the Emperor of China, Kublai Khan.
Marco Polo returned to Venice after 24 years when Venice was at war with Genoa and Marco was thrown into prison. He narrated the fantastic tales of his long odyssey to his cell mate who chronicled them into books.
Muhammad Ibn Batuta or simply Ibn-e-Batuta (1304-1369) is recognized and acclaimed as the greatest traveler of all time .
Born in Morroco, Ibn Batuta at the age of 21 set out to perform the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) which in those days took about 16 months. However, he did not return home till 24 years.
In those days travelling was very arduous and painstaking as the only mode of travel were ships, horseback, and camels
Despite the hardships and at many times at the risk of his life Ibn-Battuta travelled to almost all the countries that are now part of the Islamic world and also to many parts of non-Muslim lands.
His sojourn in different lands and his study of different cultures and customs were chronicled in a book the Rila translated journey which makes interesting and compulsory reading for aspiring world explorers.
With time, and great inventions, the mode of travel improved in a revolutionary manner and we now live in an age where supersonic travel by air, high-speed train travel, and even road travel has become easy.
With time trends and motives for travel changed also as previously say in the sixties travelling was done for professional purposes, or for permanently relocating to richer countries such as witnessed by the mass exodus to Europe and USA and Canada in the sixties and seventies when immigration laws were quite lax .
In the seventies, the oil and construction industry boomed and flourished and people from all over the subcontinent flocked to the Middle east for greener pastures.
Earlier, holiday travel was the domain of the rich and well to do especially in the developed countries of the world. and the famous destinations of the time were London, Paris, Rome New York and Tokyo to name a few.
Nowadays, everything has changed, have backpack will travel has been a mood of travel, trekking around the world or cycling for peace or motorcycling across the globe in increasing.
Now we live in the age of digital technology, where trends in almost everything have changed. The Internet mobile apps have given people a mother lode of information and people especially the young are very choosy and particular in their preferences in almost everything, eating habits, socializing, workplace or travel habits.
What will be Travel trends in present day 2016? Will it be the usually preferred destination, sightseeing, shopping and have fun and returning with a sun tan or will it go further than that?
Well according to Travel writers and experts, Travel trends will be huge in 2016.
Let us briefly review travel trends and the hottest spot preferred .
Vacations are usually taken to leave back the mundane daily life and live and let live but these days a lot of people travel for health reasons also, to rejuvenate themselves, to feel younger and to feel invigorated to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Health Spas, herbal treatment, dietary needs, rest and relaxation all contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
Here are some of the famous wellness resorts of the world.
Wellness at the Backstage Hotel Vernissage
Wellness at Backstage Hotel in Switzerland is known for its unique spa experience with seven with seven room treatments, called therapy cubes, themed after each of the days of Creation. The cubes marry viscerally and visual components, utilizing lights, images, temperatures and sensations meant to cleanse and relax the body and soul.
Jiva Grande Spa at Vivanta by Taj
It sits atop the hills of a subtropical rainforest in the southern state of Karnataka, India, and a five-hour drive from the major city of Bangalore gets you there. At an altitude of 4,000 feet, with treatments inspired by the rich, local culture, Jiva Grande Spa at Vivanta by Taj in Madikeri, Coorg is the ultimate in all-natural rejuvenation.
Golden Rock Retreat
Bali has long been one of the most beautiful destinations in the world with its pristine beaches and beautiful landscapes. The Golden retreat is a detox and healing centre for health-conscious travelers. Yoga, meditation, massage, infrared and herbal steam saunas are some of the treatments available here,
Les Sources de Caudalie
Vinotherapy to decelerate the aging process. With an idyllic locale among vineyard of Bordeaux. This is the place for rejuvenation. Rich in minerals, the property’s warm underground spring water is great for soaking away what ails you. Wraps and massages use grape extracts called polyphenols, which strengthen blood vessels and enhance micro-circulation, while slimming programs combine techniques that break down cellulite with special dietary menus and varietal treatments such as a Cabernet scrub or Merlot wrap.
Pujjis Wellness Retreat
Nelson, South Island
To keep the mind and body The Pujjis Wellness Retreat located ten minutes from Nelson in New Zealand’s South Island is an ideal location for health travellers. Owned and operated by Arvind Pujji, an experienced and trained bodyworks practitioner who uses his skills to provide calm,cleansing and comfort.
For the health conscious other well-known destinations are Kamalaya Koh Samui
Na Muang, Koh Samui, Thailand, Natur-Med Thermal Springs and Health Resort,
Davutlar, Aydin, Turkey, California Health & Longevity Institute
Westlake Village, California, USA, and Canyon Ranch Miami Beach
Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
Many people are not only health conscious but very particular about their dietary and nutritional requirements and thus wish to places where they feel they will be comfortable with their eating habits. People want to get away from junk food and go to exotic locales to give their taste buds new flavor. The famous floating vegetable and fruit markets in Thailand offer fresh papaya and mangoes.
The choice of food outlets both expensive and cheap around the world are in thousands if not in millions but more and more are preferring to be guided by their sense of taste or taste buds while travelling.
The Peace Corps in the USA in 1961 can be described as the best example of Volunteer travel that is doing something worthwhile while travelling overseas. These days many people especially the young are engaged in volunteer travelling to places like India, Thailand land other places. Whether working at an elephant sanctuary or bird or protecting turtles in the Australia’s beach this type of travel is really worthwhile.
In the early eighties, the term Brunch was coined with the combination of Breakfast and Lunch as one meal in the intervening time period of the two. These days another word relating to travel has cropped up and is known as leisure travel that is the combination of business and leisure travel on one ticket.
Businessmen, and top level executives travel at a very fast pace and hardly take the time to go on full vacations. Nowadays the trend is to when going on a business trip just take 2 or 3 days extra to enjoy the sights. For example, while on a trip to London, check out the historic town of Bath, just a 90-minute train ride from London and boasts ancient Roman baths with naturally soothing hot spas.
The Rio Carnival in Brazil, Mardi gras in New Orleans, Louisiana USA, Kumbh Mela in India or the Running of the bull in San Fermin. Pamplona, Spain, and other cultural festivals have attracted travellers from all over the world and millions of tourists plan their trips to see such festivals.
Traditional sightseeing is losing its appeal and people want to see something different and unique rather than visiting Big Ben in London or the Coliseum in Rome.
So there you have with changing times come changing trends and travelling trends are also changing.