Top 10 Travel Trends For 2018

Adventures who explore new frontiers and are willing to challenge traditional sightseeing and vacationing are going to have a fun year. The following trends, identified by Exodus Travels, are going to inspire travelers to explore the world in a way they've never imagined possible.

Dietary Restrictions are No Longer Travel Restrictions

As dietary restrictions increase, limited culinary options while travelling around the globe are decreasing. Those who are Celiac no longer have to stress over having to find gluten-free pizza in Sicily and vegans can rest easy knowing they'll be able to find plenty of delicious and healthy options on the streets of Hoi An. From walking the best of Portugal and tasting local wines to exploring Ancient & Modern Japan, many adventures introduce travelers to some of the most gastronomical lands. Expert guides will make suggestions for meals at some of the best local restaurants, markets and street vendors, so that you can fully indulge dietary restrictions aside.

The Rise of the Responsible Traveler

Following another year of rising temperatures and extreme weather, travelers have become more aware of their environmental impact and are more conscientious of the footprints they leave behind. With 44 years of expertise, Exodus' The Inspiration Project has sent over 2,340 children who wouldn't normally get the chance to enjoy the wonders located in their own backyard that tourists flock to on day trips throughout 2017, from safaris through Kenya's wilds to the breathtaking Taj Mahal.

Set-Jetting to Hollywood’s Most Anticipated Blockbusters

The year's biggest blockbuster hits will inspire travelers to get off their couches to be cast in the leading roles of their own active vacations – exploring filming locations, setting inspirations and visiting the real-life destinations that their favorite characters and A-list celebrities have stepped foot in. Some of the hottest destinations to visit The Alchemist – Ancient temples and tombs of Egypt; Tomb Raider – Table Mountain in Cape Town; Solo: A Star Wars Story – Striking mountain ranges in Italy, the Dolomites; Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – The tropical island paradise of Hawaii; Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Croatia's Dalmatian Coast; and MI: 6 – Mission Impossible – Jagged edges and breathtaking fjords of Norway.

“Fit-Cations” are the Next Ultimate Active Adventure

A "Fit-Cation" is perfect for active travelers that crave a challenge to burn calories and push their limits, while still enjoying the breathtaking scenery and the culture of an incredible destination. Travelers leave behind the cramped downtown studio for stress relieving yoga in the open air of the French Alps, swapping the rowing machine for the open water and kayaking beneath the Pont d'Arc on the Ardeche River, trading treadmills for a refreshing run across the Baltic coast in Estonia or experiencing Morocco's bewildering diversity while working up a sweat on a Fitness Adventure.

Year of the Female Traveler

Following the #MeToo Movement, more women are seeking empowering experiences and safe spaces to connect with other likeminded travelers and actively make a difference in the world. 2018 will be the year of the female traveler and the demand for girls-only tours is growing. Try trekking in Italy or climbing Mount Toubkal in Morocco. These adventures are sure to inspire women of all ages to be as daring as history's boldest female explorers such as Annie Cohen Kochovsky, who was the first woman to cycle round the world – just to win a bet – or more recently, Bonita Norris, the youngest person to have reached the extreme points of the Earth, the summit of Mt Everest and the North Pole.

Natural Wonders You’ve Never Heard Of

You know all about Machu Picchu and you've heard of the Victoria Falls in Southern Africa, but as tourism increases in these well-trodden destinations, travelers are seeking out lesser known but just as stunning destinations to escape the heavy traffic. Reaching these natural wonders can be even more rewarding due to their remote locations and the tranquil setting with no one else around. Some of them include Amboró National Park in Bolivia, Valley of the Moon in Chile, Kravica Waterfalls in Bosnia, The Burren area in Ireland, and the Kwang Si Falls in Laos.

Self-Guided Adventures are Heading to New Heights

Self-guided holidays are on the rise, with a notable 133 percent increase in travelers going their own way last year with Exodus Travels. For those active adventurers who love to explore independently but simply don't have the time to pour over maps, plan their paths, spend time booking the perfect hotels, and ensure they still make the most of the culture, cuisine and great outdoors, self-guided cycling and walking journeys, Exodus Travels has created 55 new self-guided itineraries. They are ideal for those globetrotters who are looking to take in Europe at their own pace and with a little privacy.

Parallel Experiences for the Most Loved Destinations

For hard-core travelers, discovering the next best destination is always the challenge and the thrill. As tourism increases in some of the most loved destinations around the world like Iceland and Venice, travelers are seeking alternative, yet parallel experiences to many overrun destinations: If you loved seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland, explore Greenland or the Faroe Islands; if you enjoyed hiking the Camino de Santiago, try walking the Francigena Way; if you couldn't get enough of the Greek Isles, head to Croatia for islands and mountains.

Vacations Gone Viral

With almost 40 percent of the world's population on social media, more adventurers are seeking out the best views and experiences to share online. Whether it's for bragging rights among friends and family, or for their vacation to go viral with the most clicks and likes, in some cases travelers have gone to great lengths for the best photo from damaging national parks to getting too close to wild animals. But you don't have put yourself or the environment in harm to capture the perfect image. Exodus Travels offers smart tours that bring adventurers to the most scenic, off-the-beaten-path sights with responsible and eco-friendly travel always in mind. From trekking Borneo and beyond to cycling from Mysore to Goa, these are transformative experiences that benefit everyone and create thrilling memories that are sure to outlast any selfie gone viral.

A Calendar Filled with Major Global Events That Can’t Be Missed

2018 will be a phenomenal year to celebrate being a global citizen and join in on history making events around the world. Travelers can cheer on their favorite country at major sporting events during the Winter Olympics in South Korea or the FIFA World Cup hosted by Russia. Aug. 11, 2018 marks the next solar eclipse and Exodus will be departing to Chile and Argentina to take in the spectacle. Phenomenal annual and natural events can be found around the world – a glimpse of the Northern Lights in Iceland or the Swedish Lapland, or a front row seat to see the Serengeti Great Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania and Kenya.