Even if you have never surfed a day in your life and find yourself slightly older that your average backyard topsoil (OK, that would be me), you are still likely familiar with the term “Hanging Ten”, if for no other reason than you lived through all the surfing songs of the sixties. According to Wikipedia, where we all turn when “remotely close to the truth” is good enough, “Hanging Ten refers to having both feet on the front end of the board with all of the surfer’s toes off the edge, also known as nose-riding.”
This blog post is dedicated to those of you who love to live life out on the end of the long board. You are in a constant quest for the hottest trend and the “new next”. You scoff at the idea of visiting last year’s destination . . . so utterly passé and embarrassingly démodé!
However, if the paragraph above describes you, you face a rather large dilemma. How do you find out what are the hot travel trends for 2015? Make one little misstep and you will find yourself drummed out of the army of the avant-garde faster than Bradley “Chelsea Elizabeth” Manning found his/her way to federal prison for violations of the Espionage Act.
Not to worry! Here is my very practical suggestion. Simply ask 1,226 U.S.-based travel agency owners, managers and frontline travel agents. But what if you are pretty sure you don’t know 1,226 travel agents, at least not well enough to grill them for detailed travel booking data? Again, not a problem! My wonderful friends at Travel Leaders Group do and, would you believe, they have already asked them! How fluky is that?
If I tell you where you can find this treasure trove of timely information, will you promise, scout’s honor, not to go there until you have trudged through this entire blog post? If you want to see the results of the entire survey, you merely have to click on the image below.
OK, now that was very, very naughty. Don’t imagine for one moment I can’t tell that some of you have already clicked on the link. There will be coal in your stocking come next Christmas . . . assuming Santa can still find any coal by the end of next year. Since you obviously are intent on scouring the entire survey for yourself, I will just point out a few highlights and send you scurrying on your way.
1) If you want to be hip in 2015, you would be wise to cast anchor for Alaska rather than venture to Vegas. Why is that? Cruising to Alaska has dethroned perennial winner Las Vegas as the number one domestic destination for 2015! There is no better way to see Alaska than on with Un-Cruise Adventures. Click the image below to see a very neat video. 2) If you really want to be way cool, tune in to the brand new season of Downton Abbey, not for the riveting production but for the commercials. One of the main sponsors is Viking Cruises which has helped to put river cruising on the map. According to the survey, river cruising in Europe jumped another spot among international destinations in 2015 to #4!
3) Finally, for those who really want to get all ten toes wet, try one of these hot, up-and-coming destinations: Croatia, New Zealand (visit the farm where The Hobbit was filmed), Costa Rica or Vietnam. When you return from one of those destinations, you will be the envy of even your snootiest friends. After all, what is the point of having a snooty friend if not to make them jealous!
The time has come when you can jump from here to the survey without feeling the least pangs of guilt. The ones who have already clicked obviously have long since seared your consciences, so you may disregard this absolution. Have fun discovering the hot new trends and, when you are through, don’t forget to reach out to your old friends here at Travel Leaders to begin planning for 2015.