Pack your bags and experience the top travel trends of 2023.
With travel making a grand comeback last year, many of us are re-accessing the way we travel in 2023. Perhaps you’re keen to go off-the-grid or would rather have someone do all the planning for you – hey, it’s okay to be picky. In 2023, you can have it your way with these travel trends.
8 fantastic travel trends to adopt in 2023
1. Off-the-grid travel
If there’s a time to put away your phones and go on a digital detox, it’s now. On your next trip, try unplugging from the world. Rediscover yourself, reset your mind and body, fully immerse yourself and connect with nature and your travel buddy. For starters, New Zealand has fantastic pods and retreats to soak in its stunning landscapes.
2. Wellness travel
We shared that wellness tourism is one of the health and wellness trends of 2023. And we’re happy to report that more resorts around Asia continue to provide tailor-made wellness programmes for guests. Como Shambhala in Bali offers a holistic approach which includes massages, Ayurvedic treatments and even a personal insight into your health and well-being. Or take it up a notch with Absolute Sanctuary Koh Samui’s 12-day Signature Detox programme.
3. All-inclusive vacays
We love travelling with the whole shebang but if you’re the resident planner, organising the logistics of the vacation can be pretty stressful. Instead, reach out to a travel agent or websites like Chan Brothers and Trip.com to plan your itinerary, arrange your accommodation and settle the other nitty gritty stuff.
4. Set sail on a cruise
Speaking of inclusive travel, more people are checking into cruises from Singapore for a fun ocean holiday. While cruises have been around forever, they saw a surge in demand over the last few years – it was really the one way we could experience any form of travel with Covid-19 restrictions in place. Cruises to Malaysia, Thailand and even Dubai are jam-packed with exclusive restaurants, butler service, entertainment and experiences.
5. Cultural experiences
Sometimes, travelling doesn’t have to be limited to a beach vacation. To add to your meaningful travel plans, pick a destination that’s rich in culture and history. Book a flight to unique locations like Mongolia, Timor-Leste, Uzbekistan and Bhutan or add indigenous experiences in Australia to your itinerary.
6. Set-jetting: Travel inspired by movies and series
How many times have you wondered, “damn, that’s a great place to visit” whenever you’re tuning in to your favourite TV series? Wanderlust shows and movies like Emily in Paris, Knives Out: Glass Onion and a whole bunch of K-dramas have postcard perfect destinations. And a lot of travel is influenced by gorgeous locations like breathtaking landscapes in Israel and tranquil beaches in Koh Samui.
7. Long-term travel
Many companies have opted for hybrid or remote working arrangements thanks to the pandemic. This allows more travellers to become nomads, extending their stays overseas to make way for long-term travel. A makeshift office with a view to die for? We’ll take it!
8. Bespoke and personalised experiences
Gone are the days of cookie-cutter travel. Consumers are picky with their decisions, craving personalised encounters and meaningful experiences. And we’re glad that resorts and hotels around the world are listening. Take The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, for example. The luxe hotel collaborates with Michelin-starred chefs and award-winning bartenders around the world for culinary pop-ups, as well as a crystal whisperer and musician for retreats and musical performances.
Now that travel is back in full swing, which travel trend will you adopt in 2023?