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These are the 5 biggest travel trends for 2020

Good Housekeeping UK logo Good Housekeeping UK 24/02/2020 Rebecca Wilson
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With 2020 in full swing, it’s time to start putting those New Year’s resolutions into action and if you made a promise to yourself to see more of the world this year, you're in for a treat.

To help you make the most of your time away, we've brought you Good Housekeeping's top travel trends for 2020. Whether you'd like to pick up new skills on holiday, care for the environment or practice being more mindful of your health, you'll like our guide to travelling this year.

From new wellness ventures to eco-conscious travel, craft trips and solo adventures, here are all the best travel trends to know about for 2020.

Gallery: The most life-changing trips you can take (Espresso) 

1. The rise of slow travel

A number of travel companies have predicted a return to a slower pace of travelling this year. Slow travel allows us to soak up the atmosphere, fully relax and take in our surroundings. It’s also better for the planet. Whizzing across the world for a five-day break uses a lot of fuel - both jet fuel and our own energy - for such a short break.

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Our 10-day tour of Sicily is a wonderful way to practice the art of slow travel, giving you the time to see the entirety of this Italian island and to relax into the beautiful environment. Visiting museums, archaeological sites and charming towns, you’ll learn about Sicily’s rich Roman and volcanic history.

Because no trip to anywhere in Italy is complete without the foodie experiences, there'll be plenty of time to taste the local delicacies. You'll visit an olive farm, eat in unique restaurants including a 19th-century rural farmhouse near Palermo and take a trip to a fortress that produces its own organic wines. Whoever said reducing the pace was boring had it all wrong!

2. Learning holidays

Immersive touring is becoming ever more popular and ABTA (the Association for British Travel Agents) expects personalised escorted tours to soar this year. This is a travel trend we’re fully behind, which is why we're providing an array of enriching tours, including holidays for book lovers. These allow you to immerse yourself in the locations from some of your favourite novels, like Kate Mosse’s Carcassonne, and meet bestselling authors, like Joanne Harris, who were inspired to write about these captivating places.

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And what better way to delve into a different environment than to learn a new skill? It's a great way to try something new or become a master of the hobbies you love. We have craft trips, gardening tours, wine tours, historical trips and even a literary festival on water to get involved in.

We predict that our wonderful Italian cooking trips will be just as popular in 2020 as they were in 2019, too. They offer a chance for travellers to explore various regions of Italy - Tuscany, Venice and Sicily - visiting markets to pick up fresh produce, enjoying long lunches in local trattorias, and learning to cook with expert chefs. They're ideal for solo travellers looking to make like-minded friends too.

3. Go it alone

Solo holidays continue to rise and women are leading the way at being independent. According to Overseas Adventure Travel, of the 47% of travellers registered as ‘solo’ with the company, an inspirational 85% of them are women. Pinterest has also reported a 350% increase in women pinning articles in ‘solo female travel’ (we know how to plan!). Stats also show that age is not a limitation, as a large number of solo travellers are dream-seeking over 50s.

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We recommend making 2020 the year you finally take that trip you’ve always wanted to, without waiting for anyone else. On our trips you’ll meet readers with similar interests and have the chance to chat to locals about their lives too. Our Pompeii and Amalfi holiday, with no single supplement, is perfect for wandering solo through the enchanting ruins of forgotten towns, and our tour of Georgia involves a traditional lunch with a local family and characterful, homely guest house accommodation throughout. Go on, treat yourself!

4. Wellness sabbaticals and nature immersion

The global wellness industry is now worth 4.2 trillion dollars, and according to the Global Wellness Institute, wellness tourism is growing at over double the rate of tourism overall.

This year, travellers are set to immerse themselves in nature, taking wellness sabbaticals and learning preventative wellness techniques on active holidays and at lifestyle retreats. This can mean practicing healthy habits, such as daily yoga and exercise, or simply putting yourself in a calm environment away from alcohol, cigarettes and fast food.

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Our exclusive yoga retreat with Aggie McKenzie is a great way to practice healthy (and fun) habits in the Tuscan sunshine surrounded by gorgeous grounds of almond and olive trees. You'll be treated to healthy, home-cooked Italian food made by excellent local chefs and can use the outdoor pools, as well as enjoy daily yoga in a mixed and friendly group of other Good Housekeeping readers.

5. Eco travel closer to home

Healthy living includes healthy travel and this means being conscious about our carbon emissions. Replacing a long-haul holiday with one closer to home can help us get more out of a trip. Travelling in the UK and Ireland can help us learn about our shared history, make new friends through chatting with locals in our language and perhaps reconnect with a distant relative.

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There’s so much to see right on our doorstep, and we can reach France, Holland, Belgium and even Austria in a matter of hours, without setting foot on a plane. 2019 saw a record-breaking number of overnight trips from January to July and ABTA is expecting domestic holidays to perform well again this year.

On our wonderful trip to the Lake District, you’ll be picked up by coach and transferred to the stunning, rugged Lakes for a nature-filled tour of its loveliest gardens and castles. You’ll meet TV gardener, Pippa Greenwood, and stay in a family-run hotel in Kendal too.

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