Earlier, luxury travel meant going to sophisticated places, living in five or seven-star hotels, eating the finest delicacies of the area you are visiting, and just superficially visiting any natural beauties along the way. Nowadays, however, the idea of luxury travel has changed quite a lot, mainly due to the incredible use of social media.
Luxury travellers now not only want to have the best tourist experience but also want to indulge in the local lifestyle and traditional foods of the place they are going to. This alone has its own set of challenges regarding safety, security, and most importantly, being socially distanced and staying healthy throughout the trip.
Here are the top 5 travel trends for luxury travellers in 2022.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed the way tourism has been perceived for ages. It made travelling incredibly difficult with tons of restrictions and prevented tourists from returning to their home country due to travel lockdowns. Luxury travellers are most concerned about their safety while travelling to different places.
They will choose to visit only spots with a proper management system to test whether all their guests coming in are safe and healthy. The availability of self-PCR tests has helped reassure travellers about their good health and improved their travel experience. Many hotels now have a mandatory clinic set up with a doctor, nurse, and all the necessary medical equipment and other medicines to prepare for any situation.
Proper sanitization of hotel rooms, the gymnasium, and other community resource centers have been greatly encouraged for added safety assurance for travellers.
Luxury travellers are used to having everything customized to their needs. This helps them feel more relaxed and comfortable in new places. Many hotels put a lot of effort into giving a personalized experience to their guests. Once they get a booking, the hotel staff gets into action.
A small questionnaire or an email asking about their likes, dislikes, and travel preferences based on their and their family’s requirements helps make the entire travel experience a memorable one. Often, these luxury travellers have an upcoming personal event on the trip, such as an anniversary or a birthday. Being already prepared to surprise them on their special day with a card, cake, or flowers would multiply their fun and excitement.
People who are travelling with their families love getting private tours to experience the country they are visiting. This helps them cater their entire travel based on what they want to see and visit. Such tours give travellers the freedom to enjoy the new place, foods, shopping, etc. as per they want rather than being dependent on a large group and considering everyone’s opinions in it. Many hotels and resorts help tourists get a private tour that would suffice their travelling experience.
Some luxury travellers even get a private jet rental for a few hours to help them view the entire city from an aerial view and enjoy the experience of a lifetime. While others with large families often rent a large car, a van, or a mini-bus to accommodate everyone easily and help them tour the country by road and experience the local lifestyle.
Personal Tour Guide
Many luxury travellers prefer hiring a personal tour guide to accompany them throughout their trip. This guide would be a resident of the area who has complete knowledge about everything going on there and can ensure that the tourists do not miss a single important tourist site during their trip.
This guide helps travellers get the best local and authentic experience of the area, its food, traditions, and customs. He would also be able to get the travellers into the most exclusive places, such as monumental private property etc., that otherwise would have been impossible to get into.
Helping the Community
Another major trend seen amongst luxury travellers is that they want to help sustain the local community of the place they are visiting. People of this mindset usually collaborate with charitable organizations and provide them with things that they need. Many travellers also bring useful items from their hometowns that can be distributed in the community.
Travelling is an incredible opportunity to experience different lifestyles, cultures, traditions, etc. These travel trends not only help make this experience better for the tourists but also allow them to travel with the sustainability of the environment and also give back to the place they are visiting.