These are the biggest travel trends, according to our experts

“Due to the pandemic shining a light on the fragility of life (and perhaps just a general sense of attachment to something greater), more and more travelers are seeking trips to spiritual sites or religious sites as a way to connect with the destination in a way they may not have before. Likewise, with people accessing genealogy records through tools like Ancestry.com, and the added time of being indoors during the pandemic to research their family trees, I think a lot of people are planning trips to where their ancestors came from in an effort to connect in a way that feels more meaningful than the usual family trip into the all inclusive resort.” —Sarah Taylor, All Set Concierge

“For more nature, more outdoor adventures and more awareness about whether tourism dollars are really benefiting local communities.” —Sebastian Lapostol, Trufflepig Travel

“Parents realize that a stay away from the classroom and traveling the world – if well organized – can be just as educational for their children as a conventional school program. ‘a family sabbatical where they explore a country or region in depth, learning as they go, and ideally with children gaining an understanding of conservation, sustainability, how other cultures live and think, and the functioning of other ecosystems.” —Tom Barber, Original Journey

“More and more people will plan for the long term to make sure they don’t miss any more important milestones. I call them the Big Three (birthdays, low mitzvahs, and bachelor’s degrees) and the Big Os (30th, 40th, 50th birthdays, etc.) Cate Caruso, True Place Travel

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

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A 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 much more interested in traveling independently. They want to stay in control of their trip and find it much easier if they can be flexible and adaptable.” —Victoria Dyer, India Beat

“Slow travel, where travelers choose accommodation, such as a high-end villa, and immerse themselves in local life for two weeks or more, is gaining traction. Guests have a luxury residence with top-notch service, but they also feel like they’ve really seen an area. —Richard G. Edwards, Greenspot Tourist attractions

“A different perspective on game viewing. The chance to have close but safe encounters with wildlife remains one of Africa’s greatest draws, and destinations are constantly looking for new ways to do so without stressing visitors. Scenic helicopter flights are a wonderful way to see not just wildlife but the mosaic of the landscape, and canoe and horseback safaris are another way to change your pace, without engine noise or exhaust fumes. —Susan Neva, Seductive Africa

“Demand for small private cruises, like our ultra-luxury canal barges or our vintage boutique barges, has exploded over the next year thanks to their exclusivity. A floating “bubble” with your own crew, similar to a staffed yacht or villa charter, shared privately with the familiar laughter of family or friends will always have a market, but especially so in years to come.” —Jill Jergel, Frontiers International Travel

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