To get our readers the hottest travel trends, Media India Group spoke with travel planners at Klook and listed some creative ideas. Check these out.
1. Adventure outings
Whether it’s soul-seeking endeavours, a weekend of recharging or an impulsive last minute quest for inspiration, there is a right destination for every traveller. Indians can treat themselves to a week in Europe’s Switzerland with a full one week Swiss Rail Pass. The simple e-ticket enables travellers to discover the country’s stunning landscapes by train, bus and boat. From Mount Pilatus to Geneva and everywhere in between, the rail pass also includes entrance to 500 museums and exhibits around the country, making this the most seamless solo adventure.
2. Eat, play, learn
With rise in connectivity and interweaving of cultures, boundaries for learning are expanding. Increasingly, travellers have the urge to dive into the heritage of their destination, taking home more than just a photograph or a souvenir. They are now looking at amassing unique and new skills too. The Chinese painting class in Shanghai teaches its students the evolution of Chinese painting in a fun and engaging way, including how to use a Chinese paint brush and master the technique of oriental painting. In Bali, a batik making class invites guests to join a group session and discover the art of the craft included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list – from traditional wax-resist dyeing to the fundamental principles of the intricate skill. In Pattaya, professional Muay Thai boxing instructors invite visitors to train like a local and offer an in-depth lesson of Thailand’s iconic form of martial arts, Muay Thai training.
3. Go off-piste
The world is our oyster and the desire to explore its untouched corners is not uncommon. More and more travellers are now abandoning the mainstream tourist guides in a bid to curate their own bespoke itinerary that takes them off the beaten track and away from the big cities. The Phu Quoc Island sightseeing tour in the south of Vietnam’s quaint island takes travellers off the beach, with a journey to fascinating pearl and pepper farms, an infamous Coconut Prison and more. In Malaysia, a three-hour drive out of Ipoh takes guests to a Malaysian rainforest older than the Amazon and Congo – where they can embark upon the Belum Temenggor Forest Reserve Tour. Reminiscent of a land before time, the exploration of the 130-million-year old natural nature-scape presents opportunities to spot Malaysian tigers and Sumatran rhinoceroses and culminates with a plunge into the cool waters of the magnificent Nam Waterfall.
4. Cashless travel
Packing light is becoming a travel necessity. As the number of experiences at travellers fingertips continues to rise, carrying around loose change and unnecessary booking documentation becomes progressively unappealing. Consumers seek fast, cash free solutions that enable them to use smart and convenient booking services, such as QR code, e-vouchers. With Klook, users can book everything from car transfers, to an extensive selection of food and dining vouchers, to multi-day city tour passes, without needing to take out their wallet once.
5. Instagram destinations
The world is a photo-shoot set for the ones with a creative eye, and the trends have it in the digital age, everyone’s seeking insta-moments. Whether it’s a picturesque waterfall setting, the iconic infinity pool shot or a beautiful sunset to capture a special moment, Klook offers a wealth of ways for travellers to up their Instagram game. Travellers can go for a rental of the Iconic White Swan inflatable to a private trip to the Kintamani Jungle Swing in Bali with the stunning scenery as an outstanding Instagram-worthy back drop. Those wanting to up the ante can book a private photo shoot experience in Phuket with their own professional photographer and the option to customise their own theme. Klook can help travellers narrow to many such pretty destinations around the world. Just hit them up!