2015 Travel Trends – Hottest Destinations!

There are two things I think about by the time New Years rolls around. 1) TIME TO DETOX and 2) what’s my bucket list for the year?

Usually my bucket list revolves around fitness (because I’m thinking detox) and travel because it’s where my heart is. I usually have to do an extensive amount of research for both of these things because my personality requires that I have to have a set plan to achieve something. It’s just my method.

This year Contiki made my life so much easier by doing my research for me! This week they published 2015 Travel Trends! Check out Contiki’s list of the most popular travel destinations for the year ahead, as well as some up-and-coming destinations that’ll have you adding extra lines to your own travel bucket list. Be warned it’s a bit of a lengthy post but very informative!

So excited for my trips this year! I don’t even know how I will narrow it down.

PS – Check out the Legendary Travel Gift Guide for some goodies for the traveller in you!

xx Meagan

TREND: Holidays Inspired by TV Shows
A new study by Marketing Magazine revealed that 18 to 35-year-olds consume six hours of media content per day, of which, 39% is spent on video (either TV, DVD or YouTube). Some of 2015’s most requested vacations are featured in popular TV shows, like HBO’s Game of Thrones. Have a look below:

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Ireland: Westeros, where most of the action in Game of Thrones takes place, is actually filmed in Northern Ireland. A haven for travellers who want to see sprawling scenery with old world charm (think thatched roofs and freely roaming sheep) mixed with epic nights out in cosmopolitan centres like Dublin, Ireland is a place to be. And it’s not just Contiki adventurers who think so. Lonely Planet rated Ireland its #5 Top Country to Visit in its Best in Travel roundup. Check out Contiki’s 8-day trip to Dublin, Galway, Cork and more, or experience an authentic St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, starting at just $565.

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Croatia: Popular for its beaches and epic nightlight (made popular by the world-famous Yacht Week!), ogle at Split’s Diocletian’s Palace and Zrnovica River on a Croatian Island Escape in real high definition. Croatia offers the splendor and magic of historic Europe with an energy that’s anything but ancient. Sun seekers and castle worshippers, this trip is for you.

TREND: Vacation Like Royalty in Exotic Locations
Living like royalty is a continuing aspiration. People Magazine ranked Kate Middleton and Prince William their Top Hottest Celebrities of 2014, with their recent trip through North America creating a media frenzy.

While luxe living is reserved for the rich and famous, millennials are letting their exotic aspirations rule their plates, dining on rich, flavourful and aromatic meals that make weekday dinners feel like mini-escapes to the Mediterranean coast.

The rise of exotic cuisine – witnessed by the popularity Toronto’s Mediterranean-inspired Bar Isabel, Fat Pasha and Byblos, to frenzies over the latest imported sauces like Piri Puri – represents a deeper desire to explore parts unknown. 2015 will see more Canadian millennials journey to exotic destinations with ancient histories, plus plenty of time to enjoy the local delicacies.

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Greek Sailing: For those who fawn over feta, gawk over Grecian gladiator sandals and want a holiday that’s laid-back and big on R&R, this 8-day trip will have you feeling royally awesome.

Portugal and Morocco: Added by popular demand by Contiki travellers, Portugal and Morocco are the latest destinations in Contiki’s 2015 Europe line-up. Lonely Planet rated Morocco its #10 country for 2015. All it takes is a bite of tantalizing Moroccan Tagine and a day in Fez to see that this country packs flavour into every part of your day. From markets and grand bazaars, the only thing better that Morocco is enjoying a 15-day sample of Morocco, Spain AND Portugal on one unique trip.

DESTINATION TREND: Asia, 2015’s Biggest Destination Up-and-Comer
It’s no surprise that the most popular time to book a trip to Asia is in the winter, when temperatures in Canada drop below freezing.

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MOST POPULAR: One of 2014’s most requested trips was Contiki’s 12-Day Asian Adventure, the perfect trip for someone who wants an adventure through Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, complete with steaming Pad Thai on Bangkok’s famed Kho San Road, visits to Buddhist temples, and downtime to enjoy the lush landscapes of these unique areas.

VALUE: Swapping ski jackets for swimsuits and sipping fresh coconut juice on the beaches of Thailand becomes even more appealing, and for good reason! At just over $1,000, Contiki’s Thai Island Hopper West getaway to Phuket, Koh Phi-Phi and Krabi (Ao Nang) is budget-friendly and beyond relaxing.

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BOOKING TREND: Early Bird Catch the Savings
Millennials are planning trips further out, most popularly 150-180 days (the start of summer) and 30-60 days (the December/January holiday season) before departure.

Booking early leaves more than just time to prep, Contiki offers 10% off Europe 2015 trips booked and paid in full before January 15 (see details).

BOOKING TREND: Multi-Region Trips Dominate
Canadian millennials are High Energy travellers with a hunger to see and do it all. For 2015, the most requested trips are European getaways that span 13 to 26 days for big, epic adventures on every day of the journey.

European Discovery (12 Days): If trips were like courses at a dinner party, the European Discovery would be the appetiser. 8 countries in one shot gives you a taste of all the big cities plus some hidden treasures, so you know where to go next time! From Amsterdam to Rome to Paris, you won’t want to miss a thing. In fact, sleep will probably be the last thing on your mind!

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European Escapade (26 Days): The European Escapade takes you through the best of Western Europe, allowing time to really experience what each city has to offer. Highlights include strolling La Rambla in Barcelona, re-discovering the might of the Roman Emperors in Rome and gazing up at the Swiss Alps from your bedroom window in Switzerland. What better way to spend a month in Europe?

European Highlights (15 Days): Got two weeks to spare and want to see as much of Europe as possible? Then this is the tour for you! Two night stops in the big cities – Paris, French Riviera, Rome and Amsterdam – included sightseeing, walking tours, scenic drives…you’ll wish your holiday would never end.

It’s rare to find a trend that sticks around, but travelling the world is one that’s always in style. Make sure you look back with #NOREGRETS and enjoy travelling when you’re young. Visit contiki.com and get started.

Looking for a deal? With Contiki, it pays to book early (literally!). Travellers are encouraged to book their trips and pay in full before January 15 to receive 10% off*, a savings of up to $735.00. Or, travellers can put a new trip on their holiday wish list and register for Contiki Part Pay*. It’s an easy way for friends and family to contribute to the cost of a new adventure, or to budget savings before embarking on the trip of a lifetime. *Visit Contiki.com/partpay to get started.

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***all images except for those labeled from Contiki are from Pinterest. I do not take credit for those images…although I wish they were mine!

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