TRAVEL TRENDS

Travel trends for 2018 are, well, so last year. Here are some of the types of trips peo­ple are likely to be tak­ing in 2019 — and why

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POINTS OF THE COM­PASS

A re­cent sur­vey found that 49 per cent of trav­ellers feel so­cial is­sues, such as hu­man rights and work­ing con­di­tions, aff ect where they travel – with more than half ( 58 per cent) re­fus­ing to travel to a des­ti­na­tion if they feel it will have a neg­a­tive eff ect on the peo­ple who live there. Given that the Pride fl ag has al­ways been a sign of wel­com­ing, it’s fi tting that Pfl ag Canada, a non­profi t or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­port­ing Canada’s queer com­mu­nity, cre­ated a global web­site that turned the rain­bow fl ag into a bar graph with each of the colours mea­sur­ing one of six key met­rics of ac­cep­tance. The web­site’s al­go­rithms col­lect global data re­lat­ing to mar­riage equal­ity, sex­ual ac­tiv­ity laws, gen­der- iden­tity pro­tec­tion, anti- dis­crim­i­na­tion laws, civil rights and lib­er­ties, and so­cial me­dia sen­ti­ments. This snap­shot pro­vides for a pos­si­ble to­tal score of 100. Maybe not sur­pris­ingly, some places scored in the teens ( Bali, Sin­ga­pore) or even lower ( Doha with 10) while Ber­lin and Madrid racked up 79 points and Syd­ney scored 75. Cardiff and Ed­in­burgh both just outscore Lon­don with 70 to 69.

desti­na­tionpride.org

VOL­UN­TARY EF­FORT

If your idea of travel is driven by a de­sire to vol­un­teer, you need to make sure you sign up with a com­pany you can trust. Global Vol­un­teers launched in 1984 and in­tro­duced trips of in­ter­est to LGBT+ trav­ellers four years ago. All the pro­grammes have been vet­ted to en­sure vol­un­teers feel safe and are wel­comed by the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Most of the LGBT+ schemes are based around teach­ing English, nu­mer­acy and other skills in places such as the Cook Is­lands in the South Pacifi c, while a few oth­ers in­clude more man­ual labour like land­scap­ing, and ren­o­vat­ing build­ings in Costa Rica.

lgbt.glob­alvol­un­teers.org

VE­GAN TRAVEL

Know­ing where your diet choices will be eas­ily met is vi­tal for the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of ve­gan trav­ellers. In 2016, The Ve­gan So­ci­ety es­ti­mated there were just over half a mil­lion ve­g­ans in the UK, com­pared with a 2018 sur­vey which re­vealed the num­ber has risen to more than 3.5mil­lion. So it’s good that lux­ury travel agency Ve­gan Ho­tels of­fers a bounty of beau­ti­ful ve­g­an­friendly ho­tels with the op­tion to dis­cover places based on ayurvedic, mac­ro­bi­otic and raw di­ets. And when search­ing for restau­rants, the Hap­pyCo w web­site and app have the whole world’s net­work of ve­gan and veg­e­tar­ian restau­rants mapped out.

ve­g­an­ho­tels.com hap­py­cow.net

OH ME A SOLO

Not ev­ery­one has some­one to travel with – in fact, some sur­veys re­veal a 143 per cent rise in “solo travel” across all search engines in the past three years. Re­spond­ing to this, ex­perts in Asian group ex­cur­sions Wendy Wu Tours launched trips at the end of last year aimed ex­clu­sively at sin­gle­tons. Wendy Wu says 65 per cent of their guests al­ready travel solo, and some sin­gles hol­i­day op­er­a­tors put the age of trav­ellers be­tween 21 and 90!

wendy­wu­tours.co.uk

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