Trends In Travel

It’s important to plan a trip that will meet your expectations but not strain your finances. Here are some tips for happy travels in line with 2012 trends.

Have you ever gone some place and then asked yourself, ‘What in God’s name am I doing here?’ Statistics indicate there is no shortage of people who return home from a trip disappointed, because traveling no longer means simply sightseeing but also going some place that makes you happy. So, it’s a good idea to identify your expectations before you set out. According to the experts, special interest tours are popular in 2012.

Visa - free Europe

The desire to travel on a shoestring is a emergent trend in the world today. Keeping track of instant discounts based on airplane seat occupancy rates and deals like three nights for the cost of two or a free dinner is one of the sine qua non’s of economic travel. To keep close tabs on travel deals, just use your smart phone. Also among the new trends is a desire for comfort. The number of hotels that combine luxury with the boutique concept is on the rise in the world today, and Istanbul’s first seven-star hotels are expected to open in the first half of 2012. Interest in travel abroad looks set to continue to grow in the new year as well with the ongoing recovery in the Turkish economy. And Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Prague and Berlin again look like being the top choices both for the shopping and for the cultural offerings. Work stress too is constantly driving people to seek novelty. There is a striking increase in the number of countries not requiring visas of Turkish citizens. One of them that is popular year-round is Croatia. Nor is there any shortage of people eager to follow the trail of the Ottomans in the Balkans. Meanwhile tourists who are steering clear of countries like Egypt, Syria and Lebanon because of the Arab Spring are seeking new destinations. And places like Northern Cyprus, Batum, Tanzania and South Africa are ready and willing to fill the gap.

Have you ever gone some place and then asked yourself, ‘What in God’s name am I doing here?’
Statistics indicate there is no shortage of people who return home from a trip disappointed, because traveling no longer means simply sightseeing but also going some place that makes you happy. So, it’s a good idea to identify your expectations before you set out. According to the experts, special interest tours are popular in 2012.

Faith tourism

Faith tourism is another emergent travel trend in the world today. There is no doubt either that Turkey, which has no shortage of sacred sites itself, is going to see an increasing number of visitors in the new year. Besides St. Paul’s Way, which stretches from Antalya to the Lakes Region, other religious centers like Istanbul, Konya, Iznik (Nicaea) and Mardin are also expected to draw visitors. In fact, Mardin’s new five-star hotel is already open for business. A quest for the novel is conspicuous among frequent travelers as well. A growing number of Turks are keen to see India with its close to 300 million Muslim population. And Malaysia, which is looking to ramp up its tourists from Turkey to 100,000 in 2012, is looking like a serious rival to Thailand and Singapore in the new year. President of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB) Başaran Ulusoy has announced that Turkey in turn is anticipating at least 100,000 Malaysian tourists in the new year.

At the same time, concerts, festivals, sports events and honeymoons are another important reason for travel. It could, for example, be very difficult this summer to get a plane reservation to or a hotel room in London, which is hosting the 2012 Olympic Games.  According to travel writer Saffet Tonguç, who has toured 118 countries, 2012 is going to be the year of unusual vacations. A professional tour guide to boot, Tonguç explains that Patagonia, Lappland, Botswana and Zimbabwe are already much talked about in tourism circles.  African safaris are a favorite with this crowd, who don’t generally go in for group travel. At the same time the Greek Islands have fallen out of favor among travel destinations due to the Greek economic crisis, and there’s a good chance the crowds fleeing the islands may turn to the Bulgarian and Ukraine coasts this summer. In short, a spanking new year awaits us with its trends and opportunities. So, wherever you go, happy travels!