From life-changing trips to slow travel, in part two of my Travel Trends series, I continue my reveal of how we will travel in the year ahead, talking to the travel experts and insiders to find out their predictions.


Huw and Rossella Beaugie, founders of luxury villa company The Thinking Traveller, say that it will be those ‘once in a lifetime’ trips which will have the big draw this year.

“The events of the pandemic have made travellers all the more appreciative of being able to travel freely when we can,” they say. “Travellers missed out on key milestone moments last year, so in a bid to make up for lost time we will see ‘once in a lifetime’ trips taking precedent. People will want to put in the miles to reconnect and we’ll see big reunion trips with loved ones as people revaluate what’s important.”

“Our villas are perfect for luxury multi-generation and group trips, with our homes sleeping up to 24 guests. We also offer a whole host of life-enhancing experiences, from helicopter rides over Mount Etna to eco snorkelling in the Aeolian Islands; from Greek dance lessons on Lefkada to cookery classes with Michelin-starred chefs.”

Occupying a private position above the sea and the wooded hills of southwest Zakynthos, Villa Artelia is one such place. The hill-top hideaway may be secluded but it is still in reach of sandy beaches, crystal-clear coves, welcoming tavernas and character-filled villages, all ideal for guests to explore. The owner’s estate also includes an organic vegetable garden, vineyards, stables, and a manège which is home to rare horse breeds, including the golden Akhal Teke from Turkmenistan, which guests can ride if pre-arranged.

Personalised travel-planning company Essentialist also predicts the rise in ‘bucket list’ trips. “Many members are planning far-flung journeys for 2022,” it says, “African safaris and Asian destinations, such as Indonesia, Myanmar and Bhutan, are top of the list.”

Joan Roca, CEO and founder of Essentialist comments: “Seeing an increase in bookings has given us a positive outlook on the future of travel. Members are more comfortable visiting large cities, less concerned about the exclusivity of their stays and more interested in the location of them. Members are booking multiple trips at the same time and planning large ones for 2022. It’s encouraging to see this continued growth demand for travel, as we look into 2022 and beyond, and we’re happy to be able to provide meaningful experiences for passionate travellers.”

Meanwhile, wildlife and adventure specialist, Gane and Marshall, is also upping the ante in 2022 with a range of thrilling, new itineraries that will give travellers the opportunity to spread their wanderlust wings, following two years of curtailments.

New experiences include exploring Chile’s spectacular coastline on a new expedition cruise from Patagonia, getting a fix of Japanese culture at a hyper-modern hotel in the country’s Mie Prefecture, taking to the skies on a private helicopter excursion during a Tanzania safari or spending Christmas 2022 crossing the Arctic Circle at sea.

Gane and Marshall turned 30 years old in 2021 and took the opportunity to refresh its commitment to responsible travel. Measures include a pledge to commit 10 per cent of pre-tax profits to environmental causes, donations to local initiatives, support for local communities, and more.

Meanwhile, The annual ‘Travel Trends’ report from travel technology leader Amadeus also sheds some light on a new era of globetrotting with pent-up wanderlust driving future travel trends

“The trip of a lifetime is no longer wishful thinking. After dreaming of freedom for the past two years, people are finally beginning to release their pent-up passion for travel, with substantial increases in searches for trips to once-in-a-lifetime destinations,” says Amadeus.


After a stop-start year for everyone, specialist travel company Discover the World suggests that there is more interest in “travelling less but taking more time out when you do”.

To tie in with this demand, it has introduced a month long exploration of Iceland with its Go Slow and Savour in Iceland trip. This 28-night self-drive trip features self-catering accommodation, taking travellers across the country all while spending time in each region to savour its unique landscapes and activities to the full.