From private yachts and retreats to luxury safaris and natural wonders, Kensington Tours unveils top travel trends for 2021
What’s the key to travelling in the year ahead? Kensington Tours believe that it’s all about new ways to see the world – purposefully designing travel experience with a fresh or innovative twist.
“We’re seeing a desire to celebrate the ability to travel again, and make your next journey even more memorable, in some way. Whichever travel trend most intrigues you, we recommend you maintain a balance of careful upfront planning paired with leaving room for spontaneity when you hit the ground. This balance is not only more pleasurable – allowing you to focus on the moments and experiences you’re enjoying most – but also gives you the ability to react to local situations on the fly, enabling you to prioritize your health and safety first,” says Kensington Tours.
“For this reason, we suggest working with an experienced travel agent as you plan and book your journey. On top of their own expertise in helping you navigate the myriad of options available for any travel, they can also involve other experts as needed to help you craft a journey that’s as personal and relevant as possible. They can also help ensure that your booking options allow you as much flexibility as possible to reschedule your overall travel itinerary if need be, such as Kensington Tours’ Book with Confidence Guarantee. And your experienced agent will also know to book your travel around destinations and partners that have instituted specific health and safety procedures for both travellers and staff, like our Safe Travel Certification.”
Getting away from it all in a private retreat
Perhaps it’s inevitable, as a reaction to last year, that one of the latest travel trends is a quiet private retreat in a beautiful remote destination. It’s about being away from crowds or the bustle of hotel foyers and corridors, and creating a secluded environment where hospitality and service are catered exactly to your clients’ wishes. Imagine a private villa atop a snowy mountain, or a cliffside overlooking the Aegean Sea, or a boutique country hotel on a gorgeous Finnish dairy farm.
See what’s close to home in a new way
Flying overseas may not be for everyone this year, and that’s okay, because there are remarkable places to visit close to home. Passionate travellers often wish to see the world and head out far and wide in search of new cultures and landscapes, but tend to forget about the beauty and the surprises that can be discovered in our own backyards. All it takes is travelling in a way that helps you reveal what’s new or unexpected.
Escape to the wild in luxury
An African safari is usually near or at the top of many people’s wish lists for travel, offering the incredible thrill of being so close to some of our planet’s most fascinating creatures. This year, consider the opportunity to make your clients’ safari experience even more memorable by contrasting the wilderness with the welcoming embrace of a luxury safari lodge. Nestled in one of Africa’s private game reserves or vast national parks, these
unique and stunning lodges provide exceptional hospitality and comfort after an exhilarating but exhausting day photographing lions and giraffes in close-up on the savanna. It’s all about creating a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience that lives up to the name.
Create your own floating luxury retreat
What’s better than a hotel with a private chef, endless activities, and oceanside views? Your very own boutique hotel on the water, of course. People are discovering that chartering a private yacht or catamaran is an excellent way to experience the world with your travel bubble away from cities and crowds, across a surprisingly wide range of budgets.
Get lost in nature
Staying away from crowds will be a top priority for travel in 2021, as more people are looking for natural beauty, scenic landscapes, and above all being out in the great outdoors. Who could argue? Breathing in the pure fresh air, dining on the catch of the day, and being one with the earth – it all sounds inviting. Experience a treat for the senses, where quaint luxury meets extravagant landscapes.
Embark on a different kind of road trip
Unsurprisingly, some of us will want to travel more independently in the year ahead, and road trips are sure to be popular. The good news is that it’s now possible to do this without losing that “private guided” feel that ensures clients get a fascinating new perspective on wherever we go.