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The 7 Biggest Travel Trends For 2020

It’s the time of year where we’re all making lists about the best of the past 12 months and the big things to come next. And yet there’s one just one list we’re truly obsessed with: What’s up for 2020 in the world of travel? At a recent lunch with expert travel trend forecaster Cecile Poignant (hosted by CIBC’s Aventura Visa card) we got the advance scoop on how and where we’ll all be travelling in the very near future. Here are seven trends to look out for:


Slow tourism

As our lives continue to pick up pace, travellers are craving a vacation that slows things down. This means spending more time in a single destination and seeking out a more authentic experience there, rather than racing through a packed itinerary and covering as much ground as possible.


Travel with purpose

Rather than building a bucket list of destinations, travellers will be looking into how they can better themselves on their next vacation. Trips focusing on physical and mental wellness, meditation, silent retreats, and even spirituality will be big (or even bigger) in the coming year.


Handmade everything

Poignant explains that the Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi (finding beauty in imperfections) is about to be seriously trendy in terms travel, decor, and design in general. Travellers, she predicts, are going to want handmade, unique things — in terms of accommodations, souvenirs, and dining experiences, too. The word ‘artisanal’ isn’t going away anytime soon.


Memories over materialism

‘Stuff’ is about to be so last year. The new luxury isn’t about spending our hard-earned cash on material things, it’s about spending it on time off, experiences, and making memories with the people closest to us.


Connecting with community

Living like a local (at least to some small degree) is becoming more appealing to travellers who want to feel like they’re staying in a particular place, instead of in a generic hotel. This is encouraging hotels to install works by local artists and choose decor based on their location and region. It’s also driving travellers to choose tour companies that build bridges between tourists and locals.

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Sustainable, zero, or low waste travel

It’s time to BYO everything. From the earbuds you wear on the plane (c’mon, those disposable ones are terrible anyway), to your coffee mug, water bottle, and reusable bag (heads up: many countries are banning plastic ones) we need to change how we pack and how we consume when we’re on the road.


Return-to-the-land agritourism

Whether it’s Toronto’s High Park Zoo and Riverdale Farms or Saskatchewan’s golden wheat fields, farming and field-to-table eating will be big next year. From coast to coast, provincial governments are looking to invest in and grow the agritourism sector because travellers crave a close connection with their food and where it comes from. In the city, urban farms offer up small batches of locally grown produce as well as a chance to see animals up close—expect a million farm selfies from your travelling friends in 2020.

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Kisses from #HighPark

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