Global luxury travel network Virtuoso deemed South Africa the world’s number one adventure destination for 2018.
Advisors from Virtuoso-affiliated travel agencies in North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and the Middle East were polled, drawing on their expertise and client requests to offer insight into 2018’s biggest trends. While South Africa came in at number one, Iceland came in second followed by New Zealand, Costa Rica and Antartica.
Along with top adventure destinations, travel tips and top emerging destinations the report also determined the five must-take trips for 2018:
Embracing the cold weather:
Seasoned travelers in search of fresh destinations are setting their sights on chillier climes. Iceland continues to surge in popularity, placing high in several Luxe Report categories this year. Cruisers are enthusiastic about Alaska, and adventurers about Antarctica and the Arctic. One trip of a lifetime mentioned by Virtuoso’s expert advisors includes seeing the Northern Lights.
Exploring new destinations is the year’s top trip motivator, and travelers are embracing the opportunity
to push beyond their comfort zone. Virtuoso advisors suggest that people check out at least one new place
a year, and challenge themselves to try something unexpected during their sojourn: swim with marine life
like dolphins or mantas, go zip-lining or ballooning, or take a helicopter tour.
Connecting with family through travel:
After topping the list of trends since 2010, multigenerational travel has firmly established itself as a travel niche. Following close behind is travel with immediate family, also a consistent trend that will carry forward in 2018. Whether renting a European villa for a celebration with loved ones, cruising to the Galapagos Islands, or snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, a family trip creates lifelong memories, strengthens bonds, and plays a pivotal role in childhood education.
From culturally rich South Africa, also 2018’s top adventure destination, to the wilds of Botswana and Kenya, to the souks of Morocco, Africa is one of the world’s most diverse continents. Virtuoso’s advisors say a safari is an integral part of the African experience, particularly with wildlife preservation a priority for today’s sustainably savvy travelers.
Be a traveler rather than a tourist:
Immersive experiences not found in a guidebook or brochure, opportunities to meet locals, wandering neighborhoods and making spontaneous discoveries are the best ways to experience a destination, according to Virtuoso advisors. Whether it is wine tasting, or learning a traditional craft or a new language, travelers will be seeking out the true culture of that area they are visiting.”
Originally published on – thesouthafrican.com