11 Travel Trends for 2018 to Inspire Your Wanderlust

Morgan Garza
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Travel is an enriching passion for the curious souls filled with wanderlust. Travel is inspiring, humbling, eye-opening, heart-warming, and thrilling. As more and more people hit the road in search for adventure, there are many trends that shape where and how we travel.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” -Mark Twain

 
From travel apps to solo adventures, wellness retreats to eco accommodation, 2018 is the year that will chart a new course for the way we explore the world. These 10 trends will give you a serious case of wanderlust, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself downloading an app and booking a plane ticket!
 
 

Here Are 11 Travel Trends for 2018:

If you’re looking to travel the world or your own backyard this year, these are the 10 travel trends you need to know about for 2018!
 

1. Solo Female Travel

Traversing the world as a solo female is not as dangerous or rare as it was even just a few years ago. Women have always traveled alone, but more and more women are taking to the world to explore and discover the world and themselves.
 
Getting ready to blast off into the world alone? Read this: 4 Things Every Solo Traveler Needs
 
 

2. Glamping

If you love the outdoors but aren’t wild about sleeping in a tent on the ground, then glamping is for you! This trend is not only a more comfortable way to get into the wild, it is also a super cute photo opportunity!
 
Boho bell tents decked to the nines, off-the-grid Airbnbs, Airstreams for rent, and remote cabins are spearheading this trend which is definitely on the list for 2018!
 
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Check out these 9 Lust-Worthy Off the Grid Airbnb Rentals
 
 

3. Yoga + Wellness Retreats

We are seeking transformation more and more in the activities we spend our time doing and travel is no excluded from this desire. Yoga and wellness retreats that are located in gorgeous, remote locations that allow us to uncover our souls from the madness of the city are growing in popularity, lowering in price and stepping up the game for travel in 2018.
 
 

4. Booking Through Apps

As technology advances and phones become more like computers, it is only logical that we do everything on our phones, including booking travel. Many travel apps like Skyscanner, AirBnB, and SoloTraveller, even offer a deeper discount than what you can find on the website. This is also a super easy way to keep track of your bookings.
 
 

5. Eco + Sustainable Travel

We are becoming more conscious as humans and applying this mentality to travel is one way to maintain your sustainable and eco lifestyle on the road. Many hotels have gone eco, boasting amenities that are friendly to the environment and even helping you book excursions that don’t harm the state of the location.
 
Interacting with the world in a sustainable way creates a deeper sense of appreciation for where you are and the impact you make. Eco travel is a huge trend to watch this year as it will not only change your life and the way you travel, but it will also change the lives of people you cross paths with.
 
Looking to bring more green into your life? Read this: 9 Super Easy Ways to Go Green
 
 

6. Volunteer Vacations

Giving back isn’t something that can only be done in your local community. Volunteer vacations are growing in popularity with sites like helpx.net and books like Volunteer: A Traveller’s Guide to Making a Difference Around the World by Lonely Planet. This is also a beautiful way to benefit the local culture and really get to know the needs of others.
 
 

7. Staycations

Rather than spend time abroad or in other cities, many people are opting to stay within city limits and play tourist at home. We rarely consider home a place to explore and while there is so much to see in the world, spending time exploring your backyard could satisfy that travel bug if you can’t get away for longer than a weekend and will reinvigorate your love for home sweet home.
 
 

8. Foodie Tours

Food is the driving force for many to hit the road and take adventure of the culinary delights of different cities, countries and cultures that aren’t available at home. Not only is this an opportunity to blow up your friends’ Instagram feeds with #foodporn, but it is also a fun way to explore a new city and fill up.
 

@sgtpepperonis Newport Beach, CA


 
 

9. Instagram Inspo

Like it or not, Instagram has changed our lives forever. Many untouched places are now popular tourist destinations thanks to travel bloggers and photographers who capture the essence and magic of “the road less traveled.” Instagram is a great way to discover destinations you many have never known about.
 
Fuel your wanderlust with these accounts:
@Doyoutravel
@Theblondeaborad
@Dametraveler
 
Want to quit your job and hit the road full time? Read this: Here’s How I Quit My Job to Travel + 5 Reasons You Should Too
 
 

10. Van Life

#vanlife is having a real moment right now. Everyone wants to pull a Jack Kerouac, leave it all behind and hit the open road. Traveling the country, going wherever-whenever, and bringing your minimalist home with you sounds pretty perfect. But the truth is, living in a van is not all that it’s cracked up to be on Instagram. No toilet, no shower, flat tires, and nights spent in WalMart parking lots are just some of the realities associated with #vanlife. My advice, rent one and try it out first before taking the plunge. Just google “camping van rental” in your area.
 

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” – Jack Kerouac

 

@nativecampervans


 
 

11. Working Abroad

Extended vacations are growing in popularity as employers allow employees to work from home (or anywhere with wifi). Instead of taking a week-long vacation, a growing travel trend is for individuals and couples to take their work with them as they travel the world for extended periods of time. With the freedom of working online from anywhere, many people are choosing to move abroad for a month or more to immerse in a culture, learn a language, and escape the familiarity of home.
 
Calling all yoga teachers! You can teach abroad and stay at luxury resorts around the world. Learn how to teach yoga at a resort here.
 
 

Travel: Get Out There and Explore!

One of my favorite things about traveling is the self-awareness, self-growth, and self-discovery I experience while exploring different parts of the world. Travel is very much inner and outer, and when you create space to allow exploration on all levels to take place, you can easily traverse the world within and the world around you.
 
So get out there and make 2018 the year of discovery and adventure!
 
Bon voyage!
 
Featured image: Adventure Journal @mirtewashere

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Morgan is a free spirit, traveler of inner and outer worlds, and co-founder of Spirit Guides Magazine. Her background is in holistic health and wellness and Traditional Chinese Medicine, energy healing, and all things mystical. She feels deeply, thinks expansively, and writes to make you feel something, question everything, and make you smile.

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