You’ve read the first part of POTM’s Top Travel Trends and Destinations for 2012. Now you’ll be able to find out what your favorite indie bloggers from the Philippines think about these 3 questions:
1. What do you think are the top travel destinations for 2012?
2. What travel trends do you see becoming popular in 2012?
3. If you focus on a specific travel niche (ex. adventure, solo, family, budget, food, etc) what emerging trends (for that niche) do you see coming out in 2012?
Travel is relative, I can only speak for myself and perhaps in behalf of other backpackers/flashpackers within my age bracket (18-45 yo. LOL), who choose to ignore 3d/2n offer in the Maldives because it will cost a total budget for a whole month in Nepal.
1. With the emergence of LCC and the steep incline in blog readership, people are becoming more and more adventurous and trying to start exploring a lesser known destinations. Travelers this year will veer away from the usual city destinations and places like Luang Prabang in Laos, Andalucia in Spain, Cartagena in Columbia and even the lesser popular safari like Uganda is expected to receive more tourists. The more exotic it sounds the better it would look on your Facebook wall or hourly tweets.
Of course, top beaten paths like London will be a hit because of the 2012 Summer Olympics and The Chichen Itza in Mexico because of the 2012 end of the world hullabaloo.
2. Only few lucky bas**** can afford luxury tours and not a lot of travel junkies can afford to go on a long term travel and give up their jobs. So a pseudo backpacking weekend trips is becoming more popular with the young professionals. The trend this year will be focusing in the mid segment of backpacker-luxury travel continuum.
3. I travel on a shoestring budget and I belong to the traveler/blogger niche. Most of us are also earning from our blogs on top of the pay slip that we get from our day jobs. That is why a lot of us can afford to resign or go for a year-long hiatus to be on the road and live an indie-nomadic online earning life. Earning on the road is becoming a very promising trend.
Ron is a Filipino medical & forensic investigator in Singapore and a self proclaimed artist, photo hobbyist (a guy with a camera), wanderlust and a backpacking enthusiast. An ordinary looking corporate creature with a neck tie used as disguise and he transforms into a traveler extraordinaire when he’s on vacation leave. He’s allergic to packages tours, iced caramel machiato is his power source and the camera is his weapon of choice.
He is half of the backpacking and storytelling duo of FLIPTRAVELS.COM
1. Underrated destinations like Laos, Bolivia, Myanmar and Croatia.
2. Taking the path less traveled is becoming a trend. Backpacking is also getting more and more popular as people discover budget airlines and affordable accommodations like Roomorama.
3. Our focus is on female travel and we’ve noticed a lot of women are braving the world as solo travelers. This new breed of nomadic chicks are brazen, smart and very adaptable. Also, as more women are consumed by wanderlust, travel is getting ‘sexified’.
Sole Sisters is the story of 2 girls who quit their jobs to follow their passion for chic and cheap travel. They have just completed a 6 month backpacking trip around India and Southeast Asia covering 9 countries on a less than $2500 budget. They will conquer the Philippines from north to south in 21 days without flights this coming March 2012.
1. The beaches would still be a popular destination this year. However, more and more travelers are starting to appreciate historical sites, temple ruins, old churches and the old pull of nature tripping will still continue. More travelers will explore off the beaten path waterfalls, mountains and immersion in local culture in small towns with occasional drunken binge in backpacking centers of the big cities. No dramatic change in terms of travel destinations, just more options and a wider possibilities for travelers this year.
2. Backpacking has made its presence felt globally in the last 10 years it will continue to be a trend this 2012. DIY (Do-it-Yourself) trips will continue to be popular to the chagrin of tour packages operators. What I would see as a new trend would be, more people will be bitten by the travel bug this year, expect many newcomers leaving their day jobs for the long weekend or even by weeks and months in order to do long term traveling. The inspiration to travel and see the world is everywhere, one just had to do it and in 2012 more people will hit the road.
3. In my case, I think I wanna do more “solo” traveling this year. But in hoping to meet new people along the road because as Chris McCandless says “Happiness is only real when shared” however, being a solo traveler, one can still share that happiness on the road by writing about it on their travel blog. Either way, solo + adventure and budget traveling will be my trend for 2012.
Marky Ramone Go is a the only non-serious person who sports his game face on everytime. He works in a corporate world but has abandoned climbing the corporate ladder in exchange for the pursuit of stepping into the road. Traveling balances his life and is currently planning to embark on a long term travel. While he prepares for it (meaning save up) you can buy him a bottle of beer when he is on the road at: http://www.nomadicexperiences.com/.
1. I think the top destinations will be places that are more difficult to reach, but have been gaining popularity in the past years and have become part of everyone’s bucket list of places to visit. This includes Batanes, Sagada, Coron & El Nido in Palawan.
2. a) Leisurely Travel – I think more people will be traveling slower and spending more time in a place instead of trying to cover as much ground or visit as many places as possible. b) Traveling with a specific purpose or goal (ex. travel to X provinces by public transport only or going on a food-trip across different towns, etc.) also seems to be gaining popularity.
3. I think people won’t be satisfied with just simply visiting a new place. They have to do something interesting there, or do something bigger, and better than what they did last year. I think this year will be about challenging oneself – overcoming fears and doing things you’ve always wanted to do.
Kara Santos is a journalist, travel writer and photographer who contributes to various print publications and in-flight magazines. She also maintains a personal blog at Travel Up.
1. In the Philippines: Cebu, Bohol, Palawan, Camiguin, Batanes, Banaue and Sagada.
2. Eco-tourism travel and volunteerism green travel.
3. I think the adventure and budget niches will be tried by many travelers. Thinking about the the economic downturn in the US and Europe, travelers and would-be travelers would be minding every US$/ Euro they will be spending. Of course, travelers are becoming more adventurous these days.
JourneyingJames travels on a shoestring. This year 2012, he is doing a 100-day backpacking around the Philippines- The Cheapest Way Possible.
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