Dinner at the Caly Canto Casitas in near La Paz, Mexico
The economy is on the mend, the baby boomers are entering retirement and the millennial generation is now in their 30’s with more earning power. These factors and other societal trends spell greater demand for experiential travel. Experiential travel can be loosely defined as unscripted interacting with local inhabitants in genuine, non-touristy environments. This is contrast to past travel pages that focused on tourists viewing shows put on by performers.
The travel industry has responded to the desire for new experiences with many new features and amenities. Travel packagers are featuring more exotic lands and destinations than ever before. From Southeast Asia to Brazil, Costa Rica and across the pond to Croatia and Montenegro. While you have always been able to go off the beaten track, travel operators are providing the opportunity to create your own adventure. Imagine if you practice Yoga at home, but can now go enjoy your downward dog in a local studio in Mumbai. India practicing and learning from locals. Consider how cool it would be to share a meal with a local family so you can get a more realistic idea of what it is like to live in that country.
The travel industry is changing along with people’s tastes and preferences. This has opened up an entirely new world of possible travel experiences. For example, take a look as the Camp Oasis in India that submitted their Gobi Desert campground to Review Resorts. This place is beyond cool. They provide an authentic desert oasis experience complete with a Sultan and traditional dances. You will feel like you are back in Biblical times.
Travel people are some of the most creative entrepreneurs around. I am looking forward to all the new experiences they are creating…just for me.