With the end of 2011 fast approaching Kensington Tours polled its destination experts– which create custom designed, privately guided tours and cruise holidays to more than 90 countries worldwide – for the luxury travel trends they forecast for the new year. Here are the top five:
1. The Golden Age Of Travel – High-end consumers are looking for travel adventures reminiscent of earlier years such as train journeys, classic desert camps and mobile safaris.
2. Customized Heritage Tours – Bookings coming on strong for 2012 often focus on the guest’s interest in their genealogical past and want to trace family lineage and explore their ancestral homelands. “Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Poland, France, Italy and Russia are all extremely popular due to emigration around World War II,” said a Kensington Tours expert.
3. Introducing The New Colombia – This Latin American treasure is a museum of adventure with pirate legends, a rich colonial past, coffee plantations, Amazon rainforests, 14 percent of the world’s biodiversity and the lost city of Ciudad Perdida. There are also beautiful beaches and wonderful cities such as Cartagena and Bogota.
4. Private Concessions – Savvy safari planners looking for a more intimate African experience are opting more and more for privately-owned concessions. Kensington Tours suggests Tanzania’s Singita’s Sabora Camp and the new Manyara Ranch Conservancy.
5. Indonesia – Eat Pray Love put Bali on the map, but go beyond Bali to Borneo and to Mt. Bromo.