Travel Trends for 2015
What’s in the travel forecast for 2015? Who better to ask than influencers and insiders in the travel world? We caught up with Tom Marchant, co-founder of bespoke luxury travel company Black Tomato; Shane Green, host of Resort Rescue; Jen Murphy, AFAR editor; and Nevin Martell, a food and travel author, to find out what changes in travel are getting their attention. From experiencing a destination through virtual reality to dining on celebrity-chef cuisine on the go, these travel experts predict how we'll be traveling in 2015.
And don't miss our Travel's Best for 2015 to see what destinations are on our radar.
Warning: All this looking ahead may give you a sudden urge to clear your 2015 calendar, pack your bags and book a plane ticket.
Celebrity-Chef Cuisine On the Go
Hungry travelers won’t have to sacrifice taste to get food on the fly in 2015. Celebrity chefs are making their award-winning dishes more accessible by developing fast-casual concepts all over the country. “Expect to see more high-end chefs turning their talents toward more casual, more affordable eateries,” says food and travel writer Nevin Martell, author of Freak Show Without a Tent. “Now, you won't have to rack up credit-card debt on a trip to try their food.” You’ll also be able to keep your New Year’s resolution to eat more vegetables at James Beard Award winner José Andrés’ new fast-casual restaurant, Beefsteak. Making its debut in Washington, DC, the concept is not solely vegetarian, but it makes meat the side dish in its mission to bring wholesome food to the masses. Nevin says he’s also looking forward to chef Joshua Skenes (from San Francisco's 3-Michelin-starred Saison) pairing up with Umami Burger honcho Adam Fleischman to open Fat Noodle in California. Also, Top Chef: All-Stars runner-up Mike Isabella plans to open more locations of his popular sandwich shop, G.
Destination Marketing With Virtual Reality
Adventure Travel That Gives Back
Another sustainable travel company, G Adventures, is leading the return of tourism to Haiti — the Caribbean island nation still recovering from a devastating earthquake 5 years ago — with 5 trips in 2015. Using local suppliers in an effort to keep money in the country, G Adventures is one of the pioneering companies that firmly believe tourism can be a force for good in Haiti.