With current travel restrictions and a new heightened sense of uncertainty around traveling, more people are likely to opt for local adventures or fast weekends away. This is a far more accessible choice than intercontinental travel, mainly because you can skip the airport and simply drive somewhere in your car.
These days, there is a clear desire to escape from the high-pressure city life that so many live. In fact, it is estimated that by 2030, 87 percent of the US population will live in urban areas. This thirst for the rediscovery of nature can be quenched easily, and for little money, with micro-adventures.
Companies like Airbnb are hosting intimate groups of no more than 12 to “epic, off-the-beaten-path locations,” where they are immersed in unique cultures and communities that would be hard to reach on their own. Airbnb says that participants will be able to “learn, make personal connections, seek challenges and grow.” While Airbnb is the biggest name attached to this trend, there are many other small businesses positioning themselves to serve travelers once social distancing ends.
With ever-increasing numbers of people suffering from “burnout” (in other words, spending too much time and energy on work and not enough time on their mental health), the prospect of taking a break to focus on wellness is becoming tempting to many. And, while social media has been a glue holding us together in this difficult time, people are going to be ready to let it go when life returns to a semblance of normality.
Growing numbers of people are deciding to put their careers on hold to go off in search of adventure. The new trend of taking themed sabbaticals is becoming more and more popular as folks step away from their careers so that they can make a positive change about the way they live their lives.
While taking a year off to explore the world sounds wonderful, it’s not always feasible. Enter companies like Remote Year, who organize trips for those who want to work and live like a local in cities around the world for a month at a time, alongside a community of other professionals from different backgrounds and industries.