Top Travel Trends That Will Make It Big in 2020

What does 2020 have in store for travel?
by | January 09, 2020

The travel game has changed a lot in the past ten years. Increased connectivity, technology and social media have made it easier than ever to travel. But concerns over global warming and travel’s impact to the environment will definitely shape the travel industry in the years to come.

Here are just a few predictions of travel experts that will make it big this 2020.


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Ecotourism & Sustainable Travel

With uncontrolled floods, freak typhoons, and bushfires affecting top tourist destinations around the world, the impact of climate change is becoming more and more obvious. More people are becoming aware of their impact to the environment and trying to adopt eco-friendly lifestyles in different aspects of their life including how they travel.

As destinations have started banning single-use plastics, travelers will start looking for eco-friendly alternatives. Destinations that put a premiere on ecotourism activities and accommodations that offer “back-to-nature” experiences like farming, fruit-picking, glamping, or farm-to-table cooking classes will be more in demand.


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The rise of veganism

One of the easiest ways people can reduce their impact on the environment is to reduce their meat consumption or go on plant-based diets. We’ve seen the rise in veganism in the past few years, with specialty restaurants popping up all over the country. The trend will only grow bigger in years to come.

More restaurants will start offering vegetarian and vegan options on their menus. Vegan-only food tours, retreats and cooking classes will start being offered to cater to the world’s changing eating habits.


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Offbeat destinations

While the world’s most popular destinations like Bali, Paris, Tokyo and Greece will continue to bear the brunt of tourist arrivals, trips to less crowded “second cities” will become increasingly more attractive to travelers.

Tourists will be more willing to explore lesser-known or visited destinations to escape the crowds. According to a survey by, 54% of global travelers want to play a part in reducing over tourism and 51% are willing to swap destinations for lesser known but similar alternatives.


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Alternative transport

Flights contribute to a huge part of global carbon emissions, so travelers will be more interested in more alternative transport options that have less impact, such as railway travel and ferries. There will be increased interest in older, most sustainable forms of transport such as trains, overnight sleeper buses, and boats.


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A survey by noted that 64% of respondents are interested in “going back in time” by taking historical journeys like Flying Scotsman (Pacific Steam Locomotive) and Orient Express (long distance passenger train).

Locally, the rehabilitated Philippine National Railways (PNR) train and new ferry routes such as the Pasig River Ferry, Bataan Ferry and Cavite Ferry have sparked interest for commuters looking for alternative ways to beat the traffic as well as from urban adventurers looking for a unique travel experiences in and near the city for leisure and weekends.


Slow travel

Traveling to multiple countries and cities and trying to squeeze in as many sights in a day can be exhausting. Slow travel like taking cycling tours and walking tours involves taking time to explore each destination more thoroughly and to experience the local culture. This type of travel, also involves staying a few days to a week in a place and prioritizing getting to know one small area well, rather than try to see only a little bit of many different areas. Visits to coffee shops and bazaars and meaningful experiences with locals will take precedence over usual typical sightseeing package tours and posing with landmarks.


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Full-time workers will opt to swap their longer, more traditional vacations, with shorter, but more frequent getaways that can be easily fit into a weekend or less than four nights. Traveling locally rather than internationally will be more cost-effective for those in the regular workforce looking to take a break.


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These multiple weekend-based “micro-cations” align with millennial’s work-life balance and need for varied experiences and visiting new destinations. Unique experiences that take them away from the stress of the city, such as nature hikes, wellness retreats and off-the-grid trips where they can’t be reached by work emails will become increasingly popular. Instead of “doing it for the ‘gram”, going unplugged will be seen as the ultimate luxury.



What are your travel plans for 2020?


Kara Santos is a freelance writer and photographer. When not on the road or motorcycling off somewhere for the weekend, she’s leveling up her experience points in the latest PlayStation RPG. Read about her real-life and virtual adventures on her blog Travel Up.

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