Anyone who is planning to take a trip or vacation in 2015 ought to start planning now, suggests an article on Forbes.com. As airlines make cutbacks in flight schedules and frequent flyer programs enact stringent requirements on mile redemption, travelers must think outside the box when it comes to planning a getaway. Because Europe will continue to be on the forefront of desirable locations for travel, now is the time to start making arrangements for lodging and airfare. These top 5 European travel trends for 2015 offer many surprises to well-seasoned vacationers and novices alike.
Travelers to Europe can forget about dining at the Michelin rated restaurants of Paris and Venice. Instead, one of the top trends for 2015 will be cooking classes conducted in the home of the host. Guests will not only learn how to create local and regional specialties made from ingredients sourced nearby, but they will also stay at the residence and help with the shopping for supplies and the cleanup after each cooking lesson. This trend in tourism aims to expose visitors to parts of the local culture that are not featured in the popular tourist guides.
Visitors who aren’t interested in developing their own cooking skills can enjoy the skills of local chefs in the up-and-coming trend of 2015: culinary exploration. The focus on these adventures is to try unusual dishes that challenge the palate and the mind. These trips will typically focus on just a single town or small area of one European nation.
The days of leisurely trips to the Scotland golf course or shores of the Seine are over. In 2015, cycling tours will be all the rage. This type of vacation is expected to be the most popular among middle-aged American men who are already familiar with the terrain and weather conditions across wide swaths of Europe. Visitors may be surprised to learn the role that technology plays in the cycling tours as no journey takes place without the use of GPS and regular updates on social media networks.
Travelers to Europe are no longer demanding luxurious or swanky accommodations. Rather, singles, empty-nesters and even young families will be seeking out alternative accommodations that cost less but provide more immersion in the local culture. Many of these alternative arrangements are focused on house sharing, in which a European family offers a guest room and the visitor helps the host in caring for the home, running errands, preparing meals and doing chores. The concept is similar to that of a “stay-cation”, except that the scenery is Europe rather than the traveler’s own home.
Rather than having a vacation of rest and relaxation, many visitors to Europe will be seeking ways to connect with the residents and communities they are visiting. Vacationers increasingly participate in public works projects and the provision of medical and dental services as a part of their vacation time.