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Travel Trends in 2019

It’s a new year, and experts in the travel industry have tagged a number of trends to watch in 2019. Here are the ones we’re watching closely.

The Caribbean is bouncing back. Hurricanes Irma and Maria did a lot of damage to the islands in their path, particularly the US territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. But most are well on way on their way to recovery. Put these destinations at the top of your list for 2019 and contribute your tourist dollars to their recovery efforts.

Hawaii is more accessible than ever. Thanks to the entrance of low-cost carriers into the market, ticket prices from the mainland will continue to drop. For this perenniel bucket list destination fares can be less than $500 from the East Coast or the Midwest. And Travel Haven’s featured trip this year is a cruise around the islands.

Culinary and cultural tourism (always among our favorites) are more and more popular. More than 75% of surveyed travelers say they want to try local cuisine when traveling and more than 75% of travel agencies report that art and culture experiences are highest ranked by their clients.

Non-hotel accommodations continue to increase in tourist preference. Many travelers say home rentals (think VRBO, Airbnb, HomeAway among others) provide more for their money compared to hotels – more space, more comfort, more relaxation, more privacy – especially for large groups like families.

A new generation of adults is swelling the ranks of travelers. The generation after the millennials – born from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s – are coming of age to travel on their own. And like their older peers, the millennials, they’re seeking off-the-beaten track itineraries for unique experiences that boutique travel agencies can accommodate.

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