Summer Travel Trends of 2017
June 13, 2017

Portuguese Summer

Summer in Europe never goes out of style, but every year we tend to find a new nook du jour. Appearing in just about every destination must list this year, the Iberian country is our pick for an Old World Mediterranean escape. If you’re planning a couples’ retreat, a getaway with friends or packing up the family, head over to Pine Cliffs, A Luxury Collection Resort which enjoys a spectacular, unrivaled location in southern Portugal, overlooking the magnificent cliffs and beaches of the Algarve coastline. Check out this photo journal from Lauren Stephanie Wells for more Portuguese inspiration.

Instagram to the 10th Power

The premier photo-sharing social platform is not showing signs of losing popularity any time soon as it consistently is evolving to offer users new ways to display their memories. One of the latest added features comes in the form of slideshows, which allow you to share up to 10 photos in a single post, you can even custom edit/filter each shot that make your mini albums even more dynamic. The beauty of the slideshow is that (hopefully) your contacts won’t flood your feed with tons of back-to-back posts, and will get there fix in one swoop.

Feel Good Travel on the Rise

Social media traction for ecotourism rose by 46 percent in January 2017, and thankfully the give-back trend has no intention of slowing down. May, August, and September are the most popular months for Americans to take these types of trips, with Costa Rica, Iceland, and Galapagos Islands as the top places to visit.

Making Lists, Checking Them Twice

First comes choosing where you want to go, next comes what you want to do once you get there. Staying organized can be a feat when there’s so much to see, eat, do in a destination, but fear no more because Google Maps is here to save the day. Their new “List” feature allows you to file away your favorite places, whether that’s all the best flamenco bars in Madrid or hawker stands serving your preferred fare in Singapore, you can keep all your research in one place. Google Lists can also be read off line and shared with friends.


H20 Over H20

Don’t get us wrong we’d still be ready and willing to jump into any infinity pool, but in 2017 we can’t help but be captivated by the latest trend: pools that sit atop bodies of water. Although these aren’t necessarily a new invention, they are indeed having a moment popping up in more and more travel guides. There’s plenty exotic choices to choose from including heading to Italy’s Grand Hotel Tremezzo and floating in their heated pool that sits atop Lake Como or going Down Under to the 164-foot-long Icebergs on Bondi Beach. Simply pick your preferred form of hydration.

Have Music, Will Travel

How many times does a certain song take you for a stroll down Memory Lane? Whether you’ve set your West Coast vacation to a soundtrack of The Beach Boys or your snowboarding trip to the alternative sounds of Green Day or blasted Calvin Harris during a pool party in Ibiza, music plays an integral role in creating long-lasting mental souvenirs of happy R&R days. Now one app makes putting together travel playlists as easy as simply hitting a play button. Noon Pacific sends you a 10-song playlist each Monday at noon; the tunes are curated by music connoisseur Clark Dinnison based in Newport Beach, California.


Turn Your Vacation Into Adult Summer Camp

Experiencing elevated cuisine and dancing the night away may constitute a vacation well spent, but for those seeking an enriching journey, learning an art or technique that pertains to that destination is key.  Examples include: Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm in Albuquerque, New Mexico which hosts botanical drawing classes, Ayurvedic cooking lessons and organic farming experiences and Newfoundland’s Fogo Island Inn offering art workshops and boat-building training.

Two Wheels, One City, No Problem

Biking a destination is one of the best ways to get to know a new place at a moderate pace, plus not to mention the fact that it gives you an enjoyable way to work off the calories you’ll inevitably be indulging in. Additionally, ride-sharing services and reserved cycling trails and lanes are popping up in droves.



Operation: Poke

We’re used to ticking off museums and ancient sights from our travel bucket list, but now it’s not unusual to travel far-flung distances to have the ultimate food experience. Following the growing trend  Poke lovers are now going on pilgrimages to Hawaii for their fix. For those who aren’t versed in the art of this Hawaiian nosh, it is a raw fish salad served in a bowl as an appetizer or entree. Typically, it will consist of tuna, octopus, raw salmon, or shellfish and countless toppings to wake up your umami.

Long Weekends to Europe

Sometimes hopping over the pond is cheaper and quicker to getting around the U.S., which is why a recent survey by Travel Zoo showed more than 50% of American will take a last-minute long weekend trip overseas.  With new low-cost carriers like WOW air and Norwegian, fares to Europe are growing in accessibility. More than 65% of respondents would travel to Europe for a weekend if the airfare was $500 or less.


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