Travel is always evolving – and this year it appears more holidayers and globetrekkers are flying to lesser-known places for more than a fly-and-flop break. They want to learn something new while they’re away, stay in unique places that break the mould and cram in as many experiences as possible while they’re there.
Technology is also changing the travel decisions we make, with Instagrammable locations playing an important part in our holiday choices – as hashtags such as #roomwithaview and #hotelgoals will show you. Whatever your travel style, these trends might just end up inspiring your next adventure:
1. Experience rules all
Read more: Our guide to the best adventure holidays in Europe will show you where to find some of the most unique and authentic experiences, from where you eat and sleep to activities such as raft-building, gladiator courses, dog sledding, clay pigeon shooting and fjord trekking.
2. Bite-sized breaks
3. Lesser-known Europe
Read more: We’ve rounded up 17 of the most remarkably unusual things to do in Europe, from getting covered in chocolate in Czech Republic to staying in the smallest city in the world in Croatia.
4. Foodie holidays
Read more: Seafoodie? Find out what’s worth splashing out for in our guide on where to eat the best seafood in Europe. From Lisbon to Bergen, it’s a mouthwatering read.
5. Personal touches
Read more: Many of our historic hotels have played host to royalty and celebrities. What kept the likes of Einstein, or Bowie, returning? Warm welcomes, incredible service and simply beautiful properties. Here are the winners of our Historic Hotels of Europe awards 2018 – keep your eyes peeled to see who will announced in 2019.