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Travel Trends For 2012

October 29, 2011

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from: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/ipad/top-travel-trends-for-2012/story-fn6ci05x-…

What destinations will be popular in 2012?
Europe will be hugely popular because of the London Olympics. There will be an estimated 500,000 new visitors each day to London for the Games and many will take the opportunity to travel to close destinations like Paris, Rome, Amsterdam and Berlin. South-East Asia will continue to be popular because of the strong Aussie dollar and the affordability of travelling in the region.

What experiences will define travel in 2012?
Travellers want to live like locals. They’re not just looking to check off the typical tourist spots but to experience a place and leave with stories to tell. Short-term or vacation rentals will prove to be popular, especially since the peer-to-peer accommodation concept is catching on with many travellers as an alternative to hotel rooms.

* What will be the best destinations to get off the beaten track in 2012?
Manila is a fast-growing metropolis and while people usually head straight to the beaches when they go to the Philippines, and skip the capital, it’s a city with many hidden gems and even the malls have plenty of local boutiques and businesses rather than large chains. Sri Lanka is another great destination because it’s still untouched by tourism and quite underrated with balmy weather, great local food, art and history, and it’s still very affordable.

* What will be the unusual destinations everyone is talking about in 2012?
Ukraine and the cities of Kiev, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lviv, because of the UEFA Euro 2012 football finals, and Odessa, which is a beautiful city on the Black Sea.

* If you could rent an apartment anywhere in the world, and stay there for a month, where would it be?
It would be Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam because it’s historic, the cost of living is very affordable and it’s possible to rent a fairly decent room for $10 a night, or a completely private apartment for $25 a night.

* If time and money were no object, where would you like to spend your next holiday?
We would love to travel to Brazil and take a boat down the Amazon there’s so much to see there that you would need a lot of time.

– SARINA Bratton, founder and managing director of Orion Expedition Cruises (orionexpeditions.com), is constantly visiting off-the-beaten-track destinations to find new experiences for those who want to see the world while enjoying 5-star luxury.

* What destinations will be popular in 2012?
In Australia, the Kimberley region, especially now it has been national heritage listed. And Antarctica will continue to inspire the well-travelled and adventurers alike. Also, nowadays, more people are seeking unique and meaningful experiences, engaging with amazing cultures and wildlife found in areas such as the Amazon, Galapagos, the Russian Far East and Borneo.

What experiences will define travel in 2012?
For many, giving back to communities will be an important aspect. Immersion in the destination, rather than a tourist’s view, is far more rewarding. It’s about a traveller’s view, experiences that are more intimate, with genuine connection to the places, people and cultures.

* What will be the best destinations to get off the beaten track in 2012?
Any of the Orion destinations in Australia you just cannot go past our Kimberley, or select from Papua New Guinea, Borneo, Antarctica, Inland Sea of Japan and a favourite of mine, the Russian Far East. *

What will be the unusual destinations everyone is talking about in 2012?
The destinations of Sarawak, Sabah, Sulawesi and Kalimantan in Borneo are standouts. This island, the third largest in the world, has been barely touched by tourism and, in many instances, Orion Expedition Cruises will be the first operator to take travellers to these remote outposts. This island offers good cultural experiences and amazing wildlife much of it endangered, such as orang-utans, proboscis monkeys and pygmy elephants a diversity of cultures, important World War II sites and some of the world’s best marine environments. Perfect for inquisitive travellers now we provide the comfortable hardware and backup to get there and back in luxury.

* If time and money were no object, where would you like to spend your next holiday?
Visiting the best game parks in Africa and staying in the many wonderful luxury safari lodges. –

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