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Travel Trends

Historical Trends

Perhaps the earliest recognizable female figure is the adventurous women who first explored such exotic locales as Egypt and Africa in the nineteenth century. Many of Agatha Christie’s mystery books featured such a globe-trotting heroine, who was likely modeled after real-life traveling icons such as Martha Gellhorn, an early war correspondent, and Gertrude Bell, an archeologist, writer and politician who traveled far and wide at the turn of the century. The famous anthropologist Margaret Meade is another truly courageous woman traveler or a century ago who comes to mind. These women are unique in that they set aside any trepidations and focused, instead, on their thirst for travel and discovering new destinations. They were the exceptions, not the rule.

It’s Not the Destination, It’s the Journey

It seems there was never a difference between the sexes as far as the level of interest in travel. After all, who doesn’t want to go and see new places, eat new foods, experience new cultures? The only gender diversity is truly the level of adventure the traveler embarks upon. For instance, up until recent years few women were interested in – or brave enough to sign up for – mountain climbing trips or jungle clearing excursions.

As a general rule of thumb, men are often more concerned with the journey and not necessarily the destination while women dream of visiting far-off lands without having to go through a great deal of adventure to get there. Remember this is only a very general observation; certainly there have been and still are women who revel in exciting journeys to uncivilized locales.

Travel Trends Today

For one thing, women are accepted in positions of power. “Allowing” wives and mothers from centuries past to travel unaccompanied meant that men were giving these women a certain power previously only allocated to the male of the species. Learning other cultures and meeting foreign peoples expands the mind and broadens a person’s horizons – things that were not acceptable for women ages ago. And now that there are a great deal more women in the workforce, travel is both necessary and usual for them.

For another thing, travel today is much safer (on the whole) than it was during the era of the highwayman or outlaw gang. There was a reason women didn’t travel alone and it was all about the concept of safety in numbers. Today, women can drive to the airport, find secured airport parking and get on board a plane to any destination around the world in a manner of travel that is much safer than sticking to the roadways.

 

Online Travel Deals

It is a fact that for many people, traveling has been considered a great way of spending their vacation time this, despite the fact that a large number of these people also travel extensively for work. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you should be sure to investigate the variety of online travel deals available at your fingertips. If you don’t, you’re missing a great opportunity for saving money on your travel expenses.

Of course, there are some travelers who have plenty of money and don’t worry about finding the best travel deals; however, if you’re reading this article, we assume you’re not in this camp! Far and away the most popular place to find online deals these days is through the online travel aggregators such as Expedia, Travelocity, Kayak, and Priceline. Though many of them initially focused solely on one segment of travel (such as flights or hotels only), these sites now offer price comparison shopping for flights, hotels, car rentals, and even package deals combining multiple components. These types of sites scour the internet to try to provide the best deals for any imaginable itinerary Priceline even offers a ‘name your own price’ option to possibly get even better deals. These

Although the travel aggregators outlined above offer some great deals, don’t overlook the possibility of travel agencies. Many travel agencies advertise their offers online, enabling potential travelers to find their holiday destinations with discount packages. The travel agencies often have deals available that aren’t publicized on the large websites. Sometimes this is due to the agencies finding last minute deals; other times, it is due to the fact that only a limited number of discounted packages are available, and the packages never even get published online. In addition to the travel aggregators and travel agencies, also consider the possibility of looking for discount travel through vendors directly. For example, if I see a United flight for $300 on Expedia, I sometimes check the same flight on United.com, and find a slightly better fare. The same can be true for hotels and car rentals.

Benefits of Travelling Alone for Singles

For the single traveller, planning the next trip can be an exciting experience. Wouldn’t it be nice to go on a single traveller’s cruise and meet new people, visit exciting places and have a good time? There are so many options to choose from.

Where would you like to go? What place to visit next?

  • travel to Costa Rica?
  • a visit to Europe?
  • a cruise to Jamaica?

What are your goals?

  • Are you looking to relax and unwind to take your mind off of work?
  • Are you looking for excitement and adventure?
  • Or is it romance that tickles your fancy?

Some places offer a cultural experience that is nothing at all similar to your lifestyle, but completely fulfilling and exciting to indulge in, taking your mind to a new world. Others stand out more because of the people and their pleasant attitudes and welcoming atmosphere. Finally, some may offer the exquisite experience of a more adventurous kind:

  • Go on a Jeep or even bicycle safari (an option only for the most daring solo travellers); see the wild animals really close up in their natural environment.
  • Go white-water rafting down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon with other lone travellers.
  • Go horse trekking in Argentina with singles groups.
  • Take the long difficult journey on foot, along the Inca trail to Machu Picchu; the perfect choice for meeting other people travelling alone.

Whatever the case may be, for the lone traveller, travelling alone is the most exciting way to travel; a time to get to know your likes and dislikes by exploring new things, mingling with new people, and visiting new places you’ve never been before. Each travel destination can offer something unique to the single traveller. The food, the language, the landscape, the music, can all play a part in the experience to come, so having a goal in mind of what it is that you want out of the experience can be helpful. But don’t overlook spontaneity. If you have a sudden urge to visit a romantic culture or adventurous landscape, traveling alone may allow you to have more flexibility in your schedule, as well as the last minute, spur of the moment, excitement in a far off world. Besides transportation and accommodations, there are things such as historic sites, festivals and holidays that may influence a lone traveller’s decision. And let’s not forget that the single traveller (when traveling alone, of course) is more apt to find romance in the air than a family vacation.

Philippine Travels

Traveling, for most people, is a social activity. We travel with family and friends. We travel with colleagues from the office, or even with acquaintances with whom we have the same interests. There are times, however, when nobody in our circle shares our thirst for travel. In such cases, we can either travel alone or don’t travel at all. For the real travel-bugs, the second is not an option at all. A lot of people travel by themselves for this reason. Rather than endure the company of strangers in tour groups, for example, solo travelers prefer to make it on their own, loving the freedom of making choices and changing them, of going to a place and leaving early or staying late, and especially of getting to know and chatting up with people one would not normally talk to if one were not alone. The Philippines is one of those places which welcome and is generally hospitable to solitary travelers. There are a lot of destinations in the country that are conducive for solo travels, maximizing the traveler’s experience of a different culture. The locals are generally friendly to foreigners, and there are many man-made and natural attractions that are not usually frequented by tourists.

Located in Northern Luzon, these two provinces are flocked by travelers who are after captivating ocean views, old churches, World Heritage sites and glorious natural attractions. Its offer of delectable vegetable cuisines such as pinakbet, local delicacies like bagnet and the famous empanadang Vigan has also made it a favorite destination for food enthusiasts. Depending on one’s schedule, these two provinces can be combined in a single trip as they are only 2.5 hours away from each other by public transport. The fastest way is to take a plane from Manila to Laoag. From there, the 45-meter Sinking Bell Tower is easily accessible. Nearby also is the St. William Church built in the Spanish era, one of the largest churches in the Philippines. Vigan, the capital of Ilocos Sur, can be easily reached from Laoag. It is well-known for Calle Crisologo (Crisologo Street), a UNESCO World Heritage site. Calle Crisologo is a half-kilometer street lined up with houses showcasing architecture dating from the era of Spanish colonization. Numerous souvenir shops filled with local crafts also line the area. For a more enjoyable experience, walk around street or hire a calesa, a horse-drawn carriage, to go around town