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Ladies, travel as we know it – and have fallen head-over-heels in love with – is about to change. We can expect to see an increase in travel prices, as beginning in 2018, rates are set to surge up to 4 percent. And with group travel trending “hot,” what exactly does this mean for group, solo, and travel in general? Stick around, you will want to read about what comes next! 

We live in an era where being a digital nomad is no longer something one dreams about! In fact, there are DIY tips, tricks, and expert guides, on how to do it – while earning a pretty income. Social travel has completely taken over and can be seen trending on top social platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube, Facebook, and Tumblr – not to mention, top travel blogs. These features are very encouraging, inspiring and empowering, to say the least. Hundreds of social travel groups are being created daily, and digital photography has seen an increase in the demand for digital mobile media. We have seen so many images and footage, not to mention – read tons of articles, about why you should be socially traveling to Cuba, Dubai, Paris – with Africa, Asia, South and Central America rapidly rising as the next “must-see” destinations – its enough to make a girl quit her job, pack her backs, and just live, laugh, love. I mean, who doesn’t want to visit their bucket list with a crew of complete strangers, who are likeminded and totally cool, right?

Experts have blamed the predicted price influx on the demand and desire for all things travel and chic. Our need to get social has caught the attention of the traveling industry and their professional decision makers. Leisure travel is going to cost up to 3.7 percent for hotel accommodations. We might also see a return of travel agents. These experts are the true insiders of the industry, as they work with all the vendors – hotels, car rental, cruises, flights – you name it. This will come in handy when trying to navigate through the getting the best bang for your buck. Their invaluable service means you don’t have to waste your time trying to piece it all together yourselves. And believe me, it takes more than simply putting in your information into the required fields online.

Being a digital nomad has created a demand for the perks of traveling, at unimaginable prices. Especially in groups, as we are in a socially epic century. Here’s the good news. Increases will depend on where you plan to travel, and where you are traveling from. Again, travel agents can maneuver and play with the various routes and transportation options, to maximize savings. If you are considering venturing to the Asia Pacific region, expect a drastic increase. Tourism is has been flourishing in this region for the past few years, as it’s definitely considered a high demand area. Blame those bucket lists, ladies.

Keep an eye out for Eastern and Western Europe, as these regions are set to see an increase of up to 7 percent – in Eastern Europe – and up to 6 percent for Western Europe. The United States will increase slightly, coming in at just over 2 percent. Accommodations, including hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, and Airbnb – in the New Zealand region – is said to be increased up to 10 percent, with Europe set to increase up to 12 percent.

 

If you have plans to knock a few destinations off those bucket lists, here are a few things to consider. Begin by searching the destinations, timeframes and if you are considering going solo or as a group. Then, opt to use a travel professional. 

Especially if you are considering any girls trips for 2018 – like to Essence Music Festival *wink* – as you need to lock in your rates now, not just for affordability, but for availability. If you are interested in visiting destinations such as Cuba, do some research, as the travel band and restrictions have limited travel access to certain countries. Cuba requires group travel. No solo trips are allowed unless you’re visiting relatives. Also, sign up for travel news alerts. These can strongly impact your travel plans. Without a plan, plan to fail, so if you are not informed about rules and regulations, you can expect turmoil. And make sure you know what documentation, you will need – such as travel visas – beforehand.

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Travel. Beauty. Style. engages women through an empowered life of Luxury Travel. Leisure and Life of Style. We seek real affluent minded women, to offer real, mind, body soul'U'tions, as we are transformed into queens through storytelling and capturing memories with Virtuous Journeys.

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Travel. Beauty. Style. engages women through an empowered life of Luxury Travel. Leisure and Life of Style. We seek real affluent minded women, to offer real, mind, body soul'U'tions, as we are transformed into queens through storytelling and capturing memories with Virtuous Journeys. Travel is our lifestyle; our luxury tribe - where we come together as one collective, united and driven by the desire to experience the best of the best, rooted in the freedom of possibilities - abundantly available through luxury travel, with beauty, as our canvas, and style as our artistic tool. Join us as we explore and get culturally inspired. Travel. Beauty. Style. is our luxury gateway. Blog features focus on experiencing diverse cultures through the life of luxury, uniquely and creatively. Gather your bucket lists, cameras, journals, passports, chic outfits, trendy beauty must-haves and tastebuds...sit back and relax, as queens don't catch feelings, we catch flights, trains, and ships - in beautiful style!

  • Julee

    I love to travel. I don’t mind paying a big more, but I don’t like that with higher pricing comes smaller seats, less leg room and such. Cuba is on my bucket list. I had no idea it required group travel..thanks for that tip. I’m going to gather some friends!! Thanks for the heads up on price increases, planting a few seeds of destinations in my soul and sharing these tips!

    • You’re welcome Julee. I feel like even though the prices are set to go up, traveling in groups can help offset the cost, even though groups contributed to the increase. Cuba is also on my bucket list. I am planning a Virtuous Journey for 2018, but have to keep my eye on how they rebound post hurricane Irma!

  • Sheena Steward

    I agree social media has influenced travel and the prices are starting to catch up with us. I started using a travel agent about 2 years ago and it’s been wonderful.

    • Hi Sheena. Travel agents are super helpful. It’s why I decided to become one ;). Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate you 🙂

  • I’ve got some trips planned. One being to Africa in December and another to New Zealand in May. And then I do believe Italy in July of next year. Travel is seriously something everyone should be doing – and I think everyone is… Which is why its landscape is changing. I wish it were cheaper, but it’s honestly worth every penny!

    • Travel is definitely worth every penny! It’s such a priceless experience that lasts with us for a lifetime! Africa, New Zealand, Italy? Wow, I love it! Can’t wait to read about it 😉

  • Jacqui S

    Good to know about the pricing! My next trip I want to take is to either Ireland or Iceland. I’m trying to set up my life to be a remote working nomad. Hoping to have that in place in 2019 when my son is settled in at college 🙂

    • Hi Jacqui.
      I am happy to share, it was such a pleasure. Iceland or Iceland? Both are great choices. I LOVE being a remote nomad. Its such a fulfilling decision. You will love it.

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    This is great information. The face of travel constantly changes,and posts like this are such a great way to stay on top of of what’s new.

    • I am happy you liked the post, Stacie. It is a pleasure to share this information 🙂

  • Vera Sweeney

    This is great information! I had no idea that you couldn’t travel solo to Cuba. It’s really important to know what the heck you’re doing if you’re going to go globe trekking.

    • Hi Vera. I believe we can travel solo, if you have family that you’re planning to visit, or if you go with a US certified tour company! But the website has so much great info! Thanks for stopping in 🙂

  • this is some awesome information, it is amazing how travel is changing year in, year out. I can’t wait to see the differences come into play in 2018.

    • You’re welcome Sarah. I am also waiting to see how this plays out in 2018.

  • Daria Vinning

    While this past summer came with some unexpected “life happenings” I wasn’t able to get in my travel like I had planned too. I definitely have a bucket list of travel to do so at least I have a heads up on pricing to prepare adequately. Thanks for sharing.

  • WhispersInspire

    This is such useful information, travel is such a big part of my life. It’s interesting to see how it will change.

    • I agree with you. Travel is such a huge part of my life as well. You are welcome, thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  • Travel accommodations are constantly changing. It’s crazy to see how airlines have changed in the past 20 years alone. Great post about all things travel! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2018.

    • Thank you Joanna, for enjoying the feature. Airlines are always changing, lol and its so interesting to keep tabs on the landscape that they create. 2018 will definitely be interesting to experience.

  • I actually don’t consider a 4% price increase a “surge.” It’s above the rate of inflation, but it won’t put me off traveling. And the Cuba restrictions only pertain to US citizens and those are US restrictions. Many of my European friends take solo trips to Cuba with no issues whatsoever and some of my American expat friends have also gone on their own. I wouldn’t try it myself, but it seems to be quite easy to visit Cuba from outside the US.

    • The “surge” is actually across the board. This 4% can actually be a huge impact to some, but I am happy that you are not looking to stop traveling. That was never my intention! It’s very easy to travel to Cuba from anywhere, outside of the US as they don’t have travel restrictions with the country. As US citizens, we are still restricted from engaging in restricted activities, even if traveling in from other countries. I am happy you wouldn’t try it :). I appreciate you for stopping in!

  • Melanie E

    This is disappointing to hear, although I understand how things change. With a big family, it is not affordable to travel already. We will have to stick with domestic trips.

    • Hi Melanie. Don’t worry, as there are always travel hacks, discounts and deals that will accommodate families, groups, even solo travelers. You can still enjoy international travel. And your family will be happy you did 🙂

  • Melissa Dixon

    I always feel like I am a genius now because there is so much information available to me and that includes travel info. When I need to know anything I just pick up my phone and search it out on google. Now when I need some travel tips I will have to head to your site because you sure have a lot of info on that and I am a newbie to travel for sure!

  • Oh wow, I had no idea rates were going to go up! I am glad I saw this! I find those who live outside of the USA travel more often. Travel if you live in the US is so expensive as it is already since we have so far to go to get anywhere.

    • Hi Joely. I agree, traveling outside the US is not only cheaper, but it’s easier. But the lure of traveling makes the experience, somewhat priceless. I know that if we save and utilize travel hacks, tips and tricks, plus discounts and deals…we can save so much more in the long run!

      • Oh absolutely! Wish travel was not going up but I am sure we can find super saver flights or some great deals. I also think it is easier when we are open to traveling anywhere we can snag a great deal as opposed to being set on one place. What do you think?

  • Jennifer Van Huss

    Travelling is one of my favourite things to do. I wish i could do it more often. It sad to hear that it costs so much!

    • I love traveling as well. I just make sure that I plan, and take advantage of deals and promos. I also advise travelers to invest in building a relationship with a travel agent! They have the inside scoop and can save you so much time and money!

  • Censie ‘Mumby’ Sawyer

    My husband and I want to go to Cuba with our friends. WE are thinking of planning a trip next year. I think it would be so much fun. Good information about what to expect next year. I think more and more people are traveling now but it does get hard when the cost goes up, especially for families.

    • I agree Censie. Traveling with family can be stressful enough, without it being more expensive. I am happy you are considering Cuba. It’s such an awesome journey. I do advise to check in beforehand, as they were effected by hurricane Irma! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 I appreciate you!

  • Jocelyn @ Hip Mama’s Place

    This is amazing as it means that we have more options when we travel! I think it’s really nice that people are embracing traveling more, it’s one of the best experiences that we can have in life!

    • I agree Jocelyn. Travel is such an awesome experience! I love it so much, it’s not just my passion, it’s my lifestyle!

  • I have been planning on doing Essence Festival next year but I assumed that I had time. Thanks for putting a sense of urgency under my butt to start the balling rolling. Otherwise I’ll be sitting right here come next year.

    • I am also considering hosting a girls trip to Essence Festival. I already started scouting packages. Don’t wait too long, this festival fills up super fast 🙂

  • Kemkem

    I am not surprised by this much. I have slowly seen prices creeping up because l travel a lot. Once the actual airline prices seem to start coming down and more people were traveling, I knew it would just be a matter of time before hotel prices, AirBnB and hostels start raising their prices. I wouldn’t mind a return of travel agents though. There are just so many choices, you need an insider on your side.

    • I so agree with you. It’s one of the reason’s I became an agent. Agents are on the rise, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s nice to be an insider, who is able to navigate the landscape, as it is so vast! I totally agree with you 🙂

  • Althea Penelope

    Oh this tips are really helpful. I need to start planning our travel in 2018, and surely check and consider every tips in this article! Thanks

    • You are so welcome Althea 🙂 I am happy you stopped by!

  • Tomi_C

    It’s so important to make sure you have ALL of the necessary travel documents before leaving the country. A passport is a window to the world!

    • I love that…”passport is a window to the world.” With the condition of traveling today, it’s better to be safe, than sorry! Be sure to take an pic of all your travel documents before leaving, and make sure you email yourself copies! I’ve had travelers who didn’t do this and experienced their worst fears. I am all about prevention and safety!

  • Wow, seems like the travel industry/niche has great future ahead of them. Really amazing!

    • Travel will continue to grow. It’s ever-changing, and I love it 🙂

  • michele d

    Wow, I had no idea that Cuba only allows group travel. That’s interesting. I would love to visit there one day. Thank you for this information.

    • Cuba does accommodate solo travel, but its a bit more complicated. You will definitely have to use a US certified tour company. Also, if you’re visiting relatives, its allowed. The issue is that we cannot spend any money that will go towards the Cuban military or government! I know, sounds so confusing.

  • Gingermommy

    Who doesn’t love to travel? I wish that we could do it more frequently though. Costs do add up.

    • Costs do add up, but there are so many clubs and networks and groups, that helps offset the cost and adds to the experience. I love that you stopped by, thanks so much 🙂

  • Nancy at Whispered Inspiration

    I think with Travel getting more expensive, there are going to be many that just stay home. It’s already pretty hard to afford vacations.

    • And I believe that’s the sad part. In an attempt to make “more,” they are isolating and leaving out a huge majority that already find it difficult. That’s why I know there will be ways around it! Where there’s a will, there’s a way! 🙂

  • Jessica Terry

    I would love to be able to travel more often, but with prices going up I can’t see that being a possibility.

    • I feel like travel will still be easily accessible and economically feasible. Brands will offer deals and discounts, plus groups help offset costs as well. There’s always hacks that helps as well 🙂

  • Kathy

    I love to travel, but I don’t get to do it often. In fact, I’ve never even been on a plane before. I usually travel by car.

    • Hi Kathy. Never been on a plane? Wow, thats so interesting! I hope you get to experiences it one day, and as often as you want! I know you will love it…it’s addictive!

  • Michelle Kneece Waller

    Now that kids are getting older, my husband and I really want to start traveling. We are hoping to plan a trip to the Bahamas or somewhere on our own in 2018.

    • I love the Bahamas. It’s such a great location. It offers so much, there’s never a dull moment. And it’s so close to the US, I love it!

  • Stockpiling Moms

    This is really interesting. We love to travel and have several trip on our bucket list. Next year is our 20th wedding anniversary so I feel a pretty big trip coming soon! It is always interesting to see if the predictions in trends come true.

    • Wow, 20th anniversary! That”s such a precious milestone. Are you doing a renewal of vows? I would love to suggest romantic places, one being Negril or Ocho Rios in Jamaica. I highly recommend Sandals resort! I am so happy for you 🙂

  • pnkgirl25

    Wow, I didn’t think about it. I don’t want prices to go up, lol. Thank you for sharing.

  • My family loves to travel and with the price hike we might’ve to consider travelling domestic as an alternative. Thanks for the information!

    • You can still get great international deals! There are so many brands that will love to accommodate, especially during off peak season! You’re quite welcome, thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • I haven’t been bit by the international travel bug, but many of my friends have. I like to travel to the same places I love over and over again. I hope I don’t feel the increases too much. Thanks for the heads up.

    • You’re welcome Aisha. That travel bug, once it gets you, you will be addicted lol.

  • Tiffany Heard

    Oh no, I have several international trips that I want to take next year. I already told my cousin who lives in Louisiana to reserve our room for next year Essence Fest. Super excited because i have never been!

    • Essence is totally a bucket list item that I am turning into an unforgettable experience for us girls in 2018. Opt for an agent or do travel hacks for your international trips. If you book them this year, you can make payments towards them and lock in the 2017 rates also. You got this 🙂

  • Wendy Polisi

    Sad to hear that people are taking advantage. I guess it’s smart business but it’s sad at the same time.

    • Hi Wendy. I feel like smart business would be to attract more customers that will be retained as loyal, rather than spike rates to make more money, faster. But that’s my opinion. I agree with you, its sad indeed!

  • Ruthie Ridley

    Oh gosh this is upsetting!

    • Don’t loose faith. Where there’s a will, there’s a way! 🙂

  • Tina Butler

    Traveling has changed so much over the years that they almost make it impossible to afford to travel anymore. Increases here and increases there. I guess it is worth it to keep us safe, but who can afford all these fees anymore.

    • Travel is ever-changing! But keep the faith. There are deals, promos, and groups to help offset the increases. Travel during off peak seasons is also another option. 🙂

  • Wow, this is all really good information. I had no idea that prices were gonna increase that much for European trips.

    • Europe is a high demand destination. We have so many group and solo ventures. It’s a “hot” spot, and on so many bucket lists 🙂

  • Lena B

    I want to start traveling more and a price hike is not what I had in mind. For me it is hard to plan long distance trips with three kids. I guess I need to grow my business!

    • Hi Lena. Traveling with three kids can be stressful, without price increases. Many brands will be willing to offer discounts and deals. I suggest traveling during off peak season, as it will be cheaper and less crowded. I hope this encourages you some 🙂

  • Alison Rost

    I was glad to read that travel agents might return. As someone who doesn’t travel a lot, trying to find the best deals online can feel overwhelming. I’d gladly pay someone to do it for me and it’s also nice to have the personal touch! x

    • Hi Alison. As a travel agent myself, I agree that the process can be very overwhelming. I haven’t charged my clients any fees for booking as my commission comes from the vendors themselves, but you’re right…a personal touch is nice indeed!

  • True! The travel industry has become a bit hurried and expensive all through the years…but, there are also some new allocations that make it cheaper than others. Also true, I was a photographer back then using an analog camera and I had to limit my shots 😀 nowadays, with digital cameras, I tend to shoot more. 😀

    • You are totally right! I do photography as well, and I find myself drawn more to iPhoneography. I love the shots and the quality. Plus, I LOVE the lighter equipment, as this makes my travels so much easier! As for the cheaper allocations, you’re right again. Deals, steals and promos…plus off season travel, will be our best friend 🙂

  • Carissa

    Thanks for sharing! I probably wont be doing any international travel but we were talking about going on a cruise! You never know though! Thanks for the heads up!

    • Cruises are so fun! I love cruises. You should totally do a cruise 🙂 and you’re welcome!

  • I hadn’t thought about how this would or could drive up The cost of travel. I need to book everything for 2018 now.

    • Hi Mimi. I agree. You should try and book what you can! Even though groups have increased the costs, it still offsets the cost so it works out. We can also travel during off seasons and during promos and deals!

  • Kasi Perkins

    I love international travel, so I’m so not here for this! Thanks for the information, so that I can prepare! Hopefully things won’t get too crazy.

    • You’re quite welcome Kasi! I love international ventures as well! 🙂

  • I have yet to travel Internationally! I want to so badly and it’s good to be able to stay ‘in the know’ on how that is changing and evolving so that I’m aware when the time comes. Thanks so much for such great information!

    • You’re welcome Tiffany! You will love international travel, once you finally try it 🙂 it’s addictive.

  • I didnt know you could only do group travel in Cuba, but that makes sense. I am not sure about that return of the travel agent theory being true, its just too much technology to research yourself – at least for me!

    • Travel agents are definitely around! I can attest, I am one lol. Also, you can do solo travel to Cuba, if you have relatives there or if you use a US certified tour company! 🙂 Research can be tedious, but its important as it pays to stay in the know!

  • This makes me sad as I can barely afford to travel as it is, but it’s not surprising. One of the plus sides is that, since travel has exploded on social media, it’s much easier to find amazing destinations to travel to. Thanks for the tips, they could really help me travel more affordably!

    • You’re welcome Ava. And don’t be sad, you know as women, we can be very resourceful when it comes to shopping around! 🙂

  • Our Family World

    Glad to know about these changes. I don’t do international travel frequently primarily because it is expensive. But if i would have a chance to go abroad, I’d be more comfortable speaking with a travel agent than transacting online.

    • I agree. I’ve seen horror stories where clients did the bookings themselves, and messed up either airport codes or hotel locations, as it can be confusing sometimes. Online is so impersonal. And technically, you’re still using an agent, you just don’t know it! That commission goes to someone, I promise you lol

  • Annemarie LeBlanc

    I always opted to speak with a travel agent. There is a more personal touch to it and it allows you to ask a gazillion questions. I’d rather have the opportunity to be able to call and speak with someone when I need clarification. Thanks for the update on the changes and setting expectations.

    • You’re welcome! I agree, nothing beats a personal touch and having your gazillion questions answered! 🙂 I love it!

  • This is a very insightful post and one that which I can resonate with (especially as a traveler, writer, and digital nomad myself). It’s great to read about these predictions too. It gives me a bit more info that I can use 🙂

    • You’re quite welcome Aileen! I am glad you enjoyed it! It was my pleasure 🙂

  • Geanine

    I love speaking to an agent, because we always have a million questions and I prefer to ask before booking. Also there is always a special something or deal they could throw in to sweeten the price 🙂

    • As an agent, the sweet gifts are always the most fun. Travelers love them so much! I also love being able to help answer questions, so you’re right again 🙂 I love it!

  • Thank you Melissa, you are too kind *blushing*. I enjoy sharing information! I am happy you would consider checking back, you don’t know how much you’ve made my weekend 🙂

  • redheadmomblog

    I’ve never booked a trip somewhere far before through an agent. This is a great post! Happy travels!

    • You’re so welcome. It’s always a pleasure to share whatever information I have 🙂

  • I usually book my trip myself. Maybe I should try booking through an agent next time 😉

  • Great post. I have only booked my cruises through an agent. I am very good at finding travel deals to international destinations on my own.

  • Marysa

    I haven’t traveled in a while, so it is interesting to see how travel is evolving.