At a recent event, Conde Nast Traveller presented the cool trends in travel around the world.

If you don’t know anything about “Codgers”, “Hipster Healing” and “Power Tourists”, read on!

In this very busy world be it the social-media-surfing, filibustering, ad-blocking, millennial meandering, pop-up unblocking, and so on there is one thing that has stayed unchanged. That’s people’s wanderlust for travelling whether it is short haul, long haul, discovering new destinations, new activities connecting us to the past. It is all happening!

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In reality, the world in our perception might be small however what it has to offer us as travellers is plentiful, extraordinary, wild and joyous and out of all this comes a magazine that has set the travel trends and made destinations popular.

Conde Nast Traveller 2016, “Disconnect to Connect” is its focus.

Cool Trends In Travel

Here is a summary of the new luxury trends as identified by the recent Conde Nast Traveller survey:


  • COOL CONFERENCES – It used to be that work was work and a holiday was a holiday. Now people are going on holiday, often on their own, to work. There’s even a horrible word for it: bleisure!
  • POWER TOURISTS – Five weekends and two short breaks, on top of their other holidays. All totalling 13 trips a year, which means, business travel aside, more than one holiday a month.  Where do  power tourists­ plan these trips? On their smart phones!



  • HIPSTER HEALING – Discovering yourself on a remote Greek island like Kasos in the Dodecanese or stargazing and cosmology lessons in Monemvasia, Peloponnese.
  • SEXY SUSTAINABILITY – There was a time that eco was all a bit new and half-hearted, For example, the effort from hotels to get guests to ‘re-use their towels’ with a small note in the bathroom, but this no more! Now the likes of 1Hotels  which opened in the last year in Miami and New York. They are marrying serious environmental credentials with a slick design. It’s green yet glamorous, fun but also fearsomely serious, right down to the sand-timers in the shower.



  • NEW TECH – Google’s self-driving car may not have had a flying start. But soon we’ll be riding in a four-by-four which can automatically track elephant and cheetah on safari.
  • NEXT-GEN FAMILY HOLIDAYS – It’s all about shipping the kids to camps to learn how to build their own console games, robots and rockets and programming their own apps.



  • THE RISE OF THE YOUNG CODGER – It’s all about alternative holidays or holidays before associated with the younger generation. Now it is the 40 somethings that are going to festivals like Burning Man in Ibiza or The Ace Hotel introducing weaving workshops.  The new generation is instead of going on three-day benders in a warehouse in Berlin, the millennials get their kicks spoon whittling in Dorset, fly fishing in the Catskills or yarn bombing in Marfa.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA: BACK TO THE FUTURE  – What travellers are looking for is something more authentic than just referring to their current app. Travel has evolved, we now want to meet real people and get their suggestions in person rather through our notifications. We want to the same experience that a local would have!


The Conde Nast Traveller event took place in Athens and it was organised by Opus with the support of Brands & Influencers.

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