These are the biggest travel trends, according to our professionals

    “As a result of the pandemic which has highlighted the fragility of life (and perhaps just a general sense of connection to something greater), more travelers are looking to travel to spiritual attractions or religious sites as a way to connect with the destination in a way they might not have done before. Likewise, with people accessing records of Genealogy through tools like Ancestry.com, and the extra time to stay indoors during the pandemic to research their family trees, I think many people are planning trips back to where their ancestors belong in an effort to connect in a way that seems more meaningful than the usual family trip to the all-inclusive resort.” –Sarah Taylor, Concierge Staff

    “For more nature, more outdoor adventures, and more awareness of whether tourism dollars are really benefiting local communities.” –Sebastien Labostol, Trufflepig Travel

    “Parents realize that a short time away from the classroom and travel around the world – if well coordinated – can be as educational for their children as a traditional academic curriculum. This is best illustrated on a family vacation where they explore a country or region in real depth, learn on the go, and ideally As children gain an understanding of conservation and sustainability, how other cultures live and think about them, and how other ecosystems function.” –Tom Barber, The Original Travel

    “More and more people will be planning for the long-term to make sure they don’t miss any other important milestones. I call these the Big Threes (Birthdays, Pass Mitzvahs, and The Baccalaureate) and Big Os (30th Birthdays, 40th, 50th Birthdays, etc.” Kate Caruso, True Place Travels

    Brazil is seeing renewed interest among travelers thanks to high vaccination rates.

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    Villa in Ourika, Morocco

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    The way travelers explore a destination is changing

    “While group tours are an exciting way to meet like-minded people and share experiences with new friends, people are more interested in traveling independently. They want to be in control of their journey and find it much easier to be flexible and adaptable.” –Victoria Dyer, India win

    “Slow travel, where travelers choose a single stay, such as a high-end villa, and delve into local life over a period of two weeks or more, is gaining ground. Clients enjoy a luxury home base with high-touch service, but they also feel like they’ve already seen an area.” –Richard J Edwards, Greenspot Travel

    “A different perspective to see the games. The opportunity to have close and safe encounters with wildlife remains one of the biggest attractions in Africa, and destinations are constantly looking for new ways to do so without stressing the animals out. Scenic helicopter rides are a great way to see not only wildlife But it’s a landscape mosaic. Boat safaris and horseback riding are another way to change gear, with no noise from the engine or exhaust fumes.” –Susan Neiva, the seductress of Africa

    “Demand for small private cruises – such as ultra-luxury sailboats or luxury mini craft – has soared next year thanks to their exclusivity. A floating ‘bubble’ with your crew, similar to a yacht charter or villa with staff, is shared privately with laughter. Familiar to family or friends, it will always have a market but especially in the years to come.” –Jill Gergel, Frontiers International Travel