Get ready to ditch your digital device and work off some weight on your next vacation!
Conde Nast Traveler editors helped us break down the latest trends in travel this year.
Senior Editor John Newton said, “People want to go on vacations where they want to leave their devices behind, leave Facebook and Twitter behind. A recent survey of our readers, more than half of them were interested in going on a vacation where they did digitally detox.”
Some resorts are even requiring people to hand over their devices when they check-in! “So, you’re forced to just stop and slow down and appreciate where you are,” said Newton.
Another new travel trend this year, “voluntourism”, volunteer tourism. “One popular program is at the Fairmont Hotel in Mexico, near Cancun. They have sea turtle program where kids get to be involved helping the baby sea turtles get to the sea,” said Newton.
If you’re more of an adventurous person, there are some extreme vacation trends happening this year. “Tour De’Afrique is a company that has been around for decades. They set up tours from Cairo to Capetown. It is a four month biking trip. They now have other tours on all six continents instead of doing the length of Africa, you can do the length of south America and they have a six week trip which is the length of India,” said Newton.
You don’t have to leave the country to get an extreme vacation, you could just go on over to California. The Ranch of Live Oak in Malibu. It is a new resort sort of takes the destination spa and makes it hard core. “Its 9 to 10 hours of exercise a day of core work, hikes, stretching, you commit to vegetarian. One of the things that makes it softer is that you do get a massage each day as part of the program,” said Newton.
“I know its caught on with a lot of Hollywood stars but I’m hearing from our travel specialists who have gone and done it and say it changes their life.”