11 Jul 2012
Trends in travel 2012
With the upcoming summer holidays, it is time for the trends in travel 2012. We will give your a list of the hottest ways of traveling for 2012.
1. Identity camping
Feeling like a dime a dozen with your ordinary tent? In a time of almost complete individualization it is off course possible to involve your vacation gear. A landscape with sheep or a design of a circuit board, everything is possible. This initiative is devised by Field Candy, who works with many artists, designers and photographers to give the customer an abundance of art forms and unique point of views. Field Candy wants to bring the joy back to campings with their use of color and creativity. But it is not all about having fun, Field Candy tents keep you as dry in the rain and as snug in a gale as any conventional high performance tent. And at the end the camping (or festival) will be even more colorful than it already was.
It is not only tents which caries an identity. The artist Jay Nelson made it’s own electric home on wheels. This small camper, called the ‘Golden Gate’ is made of plywood, fiberglass, epoxy resin, bicycle parts and an electric motor. While keeping his legges crossed, Jay can travel anywhere. Also, this camper is equipped with a toilet, a bed and even a small kitchen, everything your need to live from.
2. Foodies travel
According to the ‘International Culinary Tourism Association’ the culinary tourism has grown exponentially every year. Each year the culinary travel shows on television has increased, which indicated that people became more interested in food and travel. Foodies is travelling to the most amazing culinary destinations to enjoy the excellent food and exquisite wine. Following cooking lessons and visiting the local market is all part of the plan to get in touch with your inner chef. One of the culinary places this year is Istria in Croatia. Their native dishes like wild asparagus, aromatic truffles, lamb and fresh fish is something you don’t taste everyday.
3. Up in the tree
The perfect view is always seen from up above. So why not sleeping in the middle of nature to be one with nature while having the most amazing sight. We saw so many different tree houses and want to share with you a few of the interesting ones. First of all the hanging sleeping bag. All you need is two trees and this special sleeping bag. Because it is easy to set this hanging-tent up, it is the perfect use for festivals.
Also, there are a lot of real adventurous tree houses available. From old cabins in Canada till tree-resort and -spa’s in Oregon or Hawaii, everywhere there are popping up these houses which are mingled with nature. But we found a very special one in Costa Rica. This treehouse is made of an old Boeing 727, which is decorated in the inside by wooden furniture. So why not getting on your plane to stay in one in Costa Verde.
4. Indoor camping
Unfortunately the weather is not giving us the summer days we need. So camping does not seem very interesting for the homeland travelers. What about camping indoor, you still will have your own area, being on budget, having everything within one reach. Therefore, everything is the concept of the Huettenpalast hotel in Berlin. Do you want an indoor caravan or an old fashion wooden cabin and that all one feet away from the centre of the city? Whatever you want, they will fulfill your wishes. This hotel is created by designers who found their place in an old hotel in Berlin. An empty room transformed in an indoor camping space for caravans, cabins, and indoor houses. Thus do not settle for less and go for everything.
5. Being connected
At this moment, social media has a huge impact on our behaviour. We cant imagine to pack our bags and leave our smartphones and notebooks behind. At your destination is Wi-Fi a must to be connected with the outside world. Did you know that there are hundreds of different apps, which can help us during the holidays? Think of dictionaries, online maps, apps for hotels and restaurants or apps for photography. Even the Lonely Planet created a guide for your mobile phone. One of the free online guides to find the world’s wondrous and curious places is the site Atlas Obscura. You don’t need to travel very far from here to see something amazing. Atlas Obscura can show you some of the incredible places within your reach and lets you see its beauty with a different pair of eyes.
6. Slow travel
It was a rough year with the crisis and all the stressful days at work. Everyone was moving so fast in all of the 2012/2011 chaos. Even the overcrowded cities has not given us the peace we so desperately needed. Our hectic life in cities makes us yearn for a holiday in nature. This means the rise of slow travel and camping is a big part of this way of having vacation. Besides, the best thing of slow traveling is that it is on a budget. For a small amount of money you can rent a Mongolian yurt, an Indian tipi or a simple luxury bungalow tent. A great way to stay in the middle of nature while having a piece of the local culture. Heartworkes is on of the many organizations that rents tipi’s or yurts, where you can even chose or make your own design. Hopefully at the end of the holiday you will be relaxed enough to go back again to the hectic city.
7. Garden camping
Event and festivals are hot. But unfortunately quite expensive counting all those cost like, the tickets, the travel and off course your hotel. Camping in my garden came with the concept to providing accessible, affordable and fun alternatives to traditional accommodation around the world. They connect people who are searching for a place to stay with people who rent their gardens. Especially with the Olympics coming up, the gardens are open for campers. It only cost a few bugs and you still have the privacy of having your own garden for yourself. The owners have different facilities to offer, so you can even chose to go glamping or just ordinary bamping (basic camping).
Imagine… there is a place where nobody in the world ever has been before. Or just a few people. A place that still needs to be found. Therefor it is time for discoveries. In 2012 we are going to look for more distant places like Antarctica, Congo, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Greenland and Alaska. For the traveller who wants to be closer at home you can think of Albania or Serbia. These are destinations where smaller groups of tourists are going. Go and discover Alaska and meet the natives with their fascinating culture, travel with Matoke Tours too east-Congo and see the gorillas, or take the train through Siberia and Mongolia with the Transmongolian Express. These are just examples of some beautifull tours and discoveries that you can have during the summer or in the near future.