What type of trips will Canadians take in 2020?
When it comes to travel, Canadians like to take it slow, unplug, and reconnect with the simpler things in life. In 2020, 40% of Canadian travellers are planning to make Slow Travel a priority so they can unwind and appreciate quality time with loved ones. The next most popular travel trend for 2020 is the Micro Escape, with 34% of Canadians searching for quick trips to nearby provinces.
In addition to Slow Travel and Micro Escapes, Canadians are also looking to skip the crowds—24% are looking to make JOMO (Joy Of Missing Out) trips part of their itinerary in 2020. And it’s no surprise that Canadians are foodies, with 17% claiming that Local Gastronomy is the main draw when choosing a vacation. Sustainable Tourism (7%) and Transformative Journeys (7%) are other types of trips Canadians dream of taking in 2020.
Have you ever uttered the phrase, “I need a vacation from this vacation!” You’re not alone. While Canadians are expanding their view of travel, opting for trips that include transformative experiences and more eco-conscious escapes, ‘Slow Travel’ is still the preferred travel trend for 2020. Slow travel means emphasizing authentic connections with your travel buddies and taking the time to immerse yourself in a whole new world. So if you’re itching to spend a one or two week trip where it’s about quality time vs constant sightseeing, or a one-way ticket until your budget runs out, then consider giving slow travel a try. Skyscanner tip: Try a slow trip solo, which will help motivate you to immerse yourself with the local culture. If you are interested in Slow Travel, you might want to visit: Belgrade, Serbia. The Balkans deserve more explorers, don’t you agree? Belgrade is an emerging travel destination for good reason, and it’s the perfect spot to start your slow travel journey. Belgrade is an affordable city with lots to offer someone who just wants to settle in. The capital of the former Yugoslavia, Belgrade serves as a good base for exploring nearby Balkan countries, or you can hop on a train to Budapest if you’re up for it.
Forget about FOMO, it’s all about JOMO! Meaning ‘Joy of Missing Out’ a JOMO Trip is best served in a place that lives life at a slower pace where you can truly escape. Seek out a unique destination and travel during the off-season, so that you won’t be surrounded by tourists during your much-needed getaway. And for this trip, don’t do it for the ‘gram: it’s all about the simple joys in life. Skyscanner tip: Pick your destination, look up when the low-season is, and book your flight during that time. If you want to take a JOMO Trip, you might want to visit: Havana. Cuba’s consistently been a popular vacation spot for Canadians (they love us over there!) but next time, try taking a break from the all-inclusive resorts in Varadero and get off the grid in Havana. Havana is your introduction to the ‘real Cuba’. With limited products (including WiFi), there’s no better place than Havana to unplug. Wander along the Malecon, learn salsa from the locals, take a Spanish class, and indulge in some peso pizzas.
Food is synonymous with culture, and if you really want to get to know a place, one of the best ways is through local dishes. Why not unleash your inner foodie on a Local Gastronomy Trip in 2020? If you’re on a strict budget, you can hit up every hawker stall and food truck, and spend sunny afternoons exploring the city for more local eateries. If it’s a treat yourself kind of trip, you can have a once in a lifetime experience at a Michelin Star restaurant. Whatever your style, it’s all about enjoying every bite, slurp, and smile along the way. Skyscanner tip: Booking a cooking class on a trip is the best way to experience the local market and indulge in the city’s most beloved dishes. If you are into Local Gastronomy, you might want to visit: Malaga. Paella and tapas, anyone? Arguably one of the most inventive and dynamic food cultures in western Europe, Spain is a place where travellers can feast like royalty on the cheap. An emerging destination for Canadians, this beautiful city in the Andalucian Mountains is blessed with lots of local culture and delicious eats around every cobblestone corner.
Have an adventure in your own backyard in 2020. If you have a few days to spare, a Micro Escape Trip is a perfect option where you can design a mini-vacation that’s just right for you. Canada is home to so many provincial and national parks, that it doesn’t take much work to plan a three-day camping trip or a fun family weekend getaway to a new city. This type of travel is budget-friendly and gives you the opportunity for quality time with some of your favourite people. Skyscanner tip: If you like Microadventures, you might want to visit: Vancouver and Toronto. These popular Canadian cities offer so much for weekend getaways, where beautiful nature is just around the corner from the concrete jungle. Parks like Rattlesnake Point are located an hour outside of Toronto, where you can enjoy hours of hiking trails complete with hidden geocaches to keep everyone entertained all day. And there’s nothing like a camping getaway near Vancouver, where after just a short drive you can get off the grid and back to basics, with epic mountain views to boot.
To experience something transformative is not just your run of the mill vacation, it’s a journey. The Transformative Traveller is open to new experiences near and far, and there’s no time like the present to take that leap. Why not shake things up? It’s 2020, after all. Skyscanner tip: Embark on your trip with an open heart and an open mind, which is when a true transformation can begin. If you want to take a Transformative Journey, you might want to visit: New Delhi. Fly to India’s capital city and you’re just a bus, short flight, or train ride away from so many cities that offer an ideal transformative journey. Book a stay at an ashram (spiritual hermitage) in Rishikesh, or go south to Kerala. You can also try that yoga course you’ve been wanting to do for years now, as India is one of the most affordable and authentic places in the world to study this ancient practice.
Priorities? Canadians have got ’em. Eco-conscious or ‘Sustainable Tourism’ as a travel trend has seen an increase this year, with a jump from 4% in 2019 to 7% in 2020. A Sustainable Traveller can be so many things: You can book an eco flight, ditch the tour bus and opt for walking or biking to explore a new destination, and try to make your vacation days as zero-waste as possible (it isn’t as hard as you may think!). With more accommodations and destinations promoting their eco-conscious practices, this is the travel style of the future. Skyscanner tip: Invest in a travel towel before a trip, as this handy travel items significantly saves on water. Use it after your shower and even as a beach or poolside towel. If you are into Sustainable Tourism, you might want to visit: Want to try something a little different? Go WWOOFing in France, New Zealand, or England, where there are plenty of opportunities to work on an organic farm in exchange for room and board. The emerging travel destination in Hawaii, Kahului, is leading the sustainable travel movement in the state and abroad, so book yourself a ticket here and you won’t regret it. You can learn a new skill, and choose between a short or long-term stay for your WWOOFing trip.
Travel Trends Types Study Methodology
From November 25 to November 26, 2019, an online survey of 1,519 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Maru Voice Canada panelists was executed by Maru/Blue. For comparison purposes, a probability sample of this size has an estimated margin of error (which measures sampling variability) of +/- 2.5%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been weighted by education, age, gender and region (and in Quebec, language) to match the population, according to Census data. This is to ensure the sample is representative of the entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.
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