There were 8 travel trends from the 2018 New York Times Travel Show that popped out for me when I attended this past weekend. A bevy of fun destinations will soon be playing out on the pages of the Times travel section, as well as others no doubt. Amid the usual suspects of gorgeous beach destinations, compelling cruises to ports around the world, and exotic cities both Eastern and Western, some interesting things stood out.

Hundreds of travel professionals flock to the New York Times Travel Show

8 Travel Trends from the 2018 New York Times Travel Show:

  1. The Bahamas are more than we thought – There are way more islands in The Bahamas than can be seen from a cruise ship, and more people are now exploring them for an extended stay. Each of the 30 inhabited islands has their own personalities and offerings (there are more than 700 islands total). Time for some island hopping to see which fits our family best.
  2. Croatia is the new “It Girl” – Everyone at the show was talking about Croatia. Everyone. We’ve wanted to go to Dubrovnik forever, but until recently didn’t know about all the other amazing parts of this beautiful country including the Dalmation Coast, Split, Zagreb and more.
  3. Slovenia is coming up next – Right behind Croatia, Slovenia is moving up the ranks. Far from remote, Slovenia is right between Croatia and Italy on the north coast of the Adriatic Sea near Trieste. We’re hoping to visit that whole area this summer.

    Rainbow over the city of Kranj in Slovenia – photo courtesy of the Slovenian Tourism Board

     

  4. Jamaica is underratedJamaica has always been on our bucket list, and lately some misinformed person told me it was over as a destination. Well far from it. Jamaica is coming on strong with great new resorts, spas (one even has a salt cave) and activities. Yes please!

    Ocho Rios Bay Beach in Jamaica, courtesy of the Jamaican Tourism Board

     

  5. Portugal is winning all the awardsPortugal is a country of deep history and enormous diversity. I’ve traveled there just once many years ago, and cannot wait to go back for their friendly beaches, delicious seafood, gorgeous countryside and oh, that wine! Portugal has been named World’s Leading Destination and World’s Leading Beach Destination among other honors.
  6. Everyone wants to go to Mexico – There are so many luxury resorts being built in Mexico, including vacation-friendly areas like sunny Cabo San Lucas, the jungles of Playa Del Carmen, and European-feeling Puerto Vallarta. So easy for us to reach from California, we’ll definitely visit Mexico this year. Mexico’s booth at the show was packed.

    Sun rises over the Hilton Los Cabos in Mexico

  7. Columbia rules South America – I’m fascinated with South America and have wanted to visit its riches for some time. Columbia’s beaches, waterfalls, jungle excursions, historic cities and delicious foods are attracting people from all around the globe.
  8. Florida is more than Orlando and Mis– With kids, we’ve always thought of visiting Florida as a trip to Disneyworld. And yes we will visit there too, but this enormous state has much more to offer. Fort Lauderdale is gorgeous and chill, Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral are the stuff of legends, and the western coastlines around Sarasota are just stunning.
    sailing at Sarasota Bay

    Sarasota Bay, FL is a great place for sailing, laying on the beach, collecting shells and relaxing. Photo courtesy of VISIT FLORIDA

 

Sounds like our passports are going to be filling up in 2018 – I hope we have enough pages to contain all these international stamps! Where are you planning to visit this year?

 

Some destinations really put on a show, like these dancers in traditional costume from Indonesia

 

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