2017's Top Travel Trends

These aren't your grandmother's cruises. Think exotic destinations, adventure travel or decadent poolside lounging

By The LifeMinute Team

February 8, 2017

Whether you're looking for a river cruise, gorgeous beach vacation or adventurous jaunt for the whole family, you're covered with these of-the-moment travel trends. The sky's the limit!

Trending: River Cruises

Forget huge cruise ships. Instead, try a river cruise where the ship transports just 200 guests. It's a much more intimate experience which allows you to see destinations up close and personal. "Viking Cruises is the world's leading river cruise company and they dock in little towns and villages that are quaint and authentic," says Michelle Fee, CEO of Cruise Planners. For first time cruisers she recommends Europe, such as the Danube or Rhine rivers, or the Douro in Portugal. "Or if you want something a little more exotic, try China, Cambodia or Vietnam." The best part: You only have to unpack once.

Deals and Steals: Right now enjoy special deals with Viking Cruises. Two for 1 cruise fares along with international air discounts.

Destination: Romance

Romance is hot. Think honeymoons and second honeymoons. "If you want to experience an all inclusive adult-only vacation, Sandals is your best option. They have 15 resorts on 6 different islands. As a trend we are seeing couples upgrade to butler suites, gourmet restaurants and they have the most beautiful over-the-water suite bungalows in Jamaica," says Fee.

Deals and Steals: Up to 65% off and air credits of up to $1,000.

Multigenerational Travel Musts

Travel for the whole family is all the rage. Include the grandparents, the extended family; on a top-tier cruise ship there is something for everyone. 'I like Royal Caribbean International because the choices are endless. How about sending the teenagers out to the surf simulator, or to the IFly where you learn how to skydive right onboard the ship," asks Fee. Or take in some Broadway-style shows like Mama Mia, Cats, and Grease. All of this is included at no extra charge.

The choices are endless because Royal Caribbean sails the world. Envision your family on a helicopter in Alaska, on a glacier or dog sledding.

Deals and Steals: Alaska and other itineraries are on sale on Royal Carribean for 60% off second guests and third and fourth guests are 30% off.

Top Travel Agents

"We are always asked if travel agents really exist," says Fee. "And yes, we do exist. Why would you want to spend 4 weeks planning a 4 day vacation when travel agents will do it free of charge for you because the vendors pay us?," she asks.

50% of all travel agents are home based. So if you're looking to book travel, Cruise Planners is in all 50 states. They are the number one travel franchise company in the nation. Go to cruiseplanners.com. You can book travel or find out more information if you're interested in starting a new career in travel.


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