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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Sapphire Kharyzma is an accomplished travel, beauty and lifestyle writer, photographer, creative designer & digital marketing maven - who harnesses the power of Travel, Beauty & Style - experienced through sisterhood...to empower multicultural women.

When she’s not traveling the world, she enjoys planting the seeds of growth and prosperity for small businesses and entrepreneurs. She’s an accredited Travel Designer, who specializes in curating unique, Caribbean and Luxury ventures. She's a travel marketing expert, who loves to make her passions her paycheck while teaching women to do the same.
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Sapphire Kharyzma is an accomplished travel, beauty and lifestyle writer, photographer, creative designer & digital marketing maven - who harnesses the power of Travel, Beauty & Style - experienced through sisterhood...to empower multicultural women. When she’s not traveling the world, she enjoys planting the seeds of growth and prosperity for small businesses and entrepreneurs. She’s an accredited Travel Designer, who specializes in curating unique, Caribbean and Luxury ventures. She's a travel marketing expert, who loves to make her passions her paycheck while teaching women to do the same.