Travel Trends for 2016

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Whether you're looking to get out of dodge this winter to a warmer place or just try a not so typical vacation, Newswatch 16 This Morning is scoping out the hottest Travel Trends for 2016.  The crew from AAA North Penn in Scranton explained what's popular in the new year.

AAA Travel predicts five travel trends for 2016:

  • Multigenerational Travel: Today’s extended families are often traveling as one big group. Travel vendors are jumping to entice grandparents to create memories by bringing their kids and grand-kids along, too. For example, AMA Waterways offers family-sized cabins and partners with Adventure by Disney so everyone can have an experience they’ll enjoy. Families and groups of friends often can bundle their cabins or hotel rooms together for costs savings and extra amenities, from shipboard credits to complimentary meals.
  • Cultural Immersion: More travelers want an authentic or educational experience. Instead of going to a winery and taking a tour, more people are interested in making wine themselves. When visiting places like Ireland, for example, travelers are opting for accommodations in small bed and breakfasts or ancient castles with modern amenities.  More parents also are pulling their kids out of school to experience the world’s varied cultures, whether that’s a drive across North America, an immersive experience in South America, or a grand tour of Europe.
  • On Board: While cruising remains a way to take advantage of big savings, some cruisers are more interested in experiencing the offerings of the ship rather than exploring the ports they visit. For example, Royal Caribbean’s new Anthem of the Seas offers bumper cars, flying trapeze lessons, a skydiving simulator, and 18 dining venues. The convenience and cost savings of sailing from nearby ports including Baltimore and Cape Liberty add to the allure of cruising for travelers from the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Park It: The National Park Service will turn 100 in 2016, making it a great year to discover the national parks and its programs. Enjoy recreational activities or learn about conservation and historic preservation programs. In honor of its birthday, the National Park Service recently announced that it will offer 16 fee free days in 2016.   To find a national park near you, head here!
     
  • Voluntourism:  Combining a desire to help with a desire to experience the people and culture of a destination has led to the popularity of a travel segment known as “voluntourism.” Opportunities to contribute range from a partial day experience like Give the Kids the World Village in Orlando to Carnival Corporation’s Fathom program, offering 7-day cruises to Cuba and the Dominican Republic where volunteers help teach English, build water filters and participate in other community rehabilitation projects.
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