A new year has arrived and with it comes a new year of family travel. This year, expect to see a lot of purposeful travel, in which families and individuals forego the usual hot spots packed with tourists and gimmicky experiences, opting instead for trips with deeper meaning.
Once-in-a-lifetime trips will be big for 2023. After several years of COVID-19 travel limitations, many of us are ready to schedule those bucket list trips we’ve always dreamed of. Trips like African safaris, Antarctic adventures and hiking the Camino de Santiago trail from Portugal to Spain will be big as travelers look to maximize their vacation time with experiences they will never forget.
Even smaller trips will see a switch from travelers frequenting tourist attractions, instead choosing more unique adventures such as taking helicopter tours of popular destinations like the Hawai’ian Islands.
Travelers are also making the switch to seeing destinations through a different lens by spending more time with locals and their families. This provides a unique perspective of a destination. One way to achieve this is with companies like Traveling Spoon, which arranges for travelers to meet with local home cooks in their own homes for a meal or cooking class designed to teach local recipes and customs behind the destination’s local culture.
Another popular trend for 2023 will be trips focusing on transformation, self-care and personal growth. As many learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must focus on ourselves and care for ourselves in order to be our best selves, and travel is a great way to do that. This trend allows us to not only take trips to places we want to see, but also allows those trips to make us better individuals.
Transformative travel includes voluntourism trips, allowing travelers to give back while instilling a sense of purpose, great for families. Other options include taking wellness trips or planning a stay at a working ranch or farm, where guests can learn about other lifestyles while enjoying a break from their own everyday lives.
Whether you choose to follow the travel trends for 2023 or create your own trends, the important thing is to plan trips the family can enjoy together, so everyone can see the world and grow closer in the experience.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
The next two seasons see Franklin, Tennessee, come alive with festive events, fun pop-ups and colorful lights. Family travelers planning a trip to Tennessee this fall or winter must make time for Franklin, a city just south of Nashville with plenty of history and festivities awaiting.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Mysterious glowing seas? Yes, actually! Through October, Florida’s Space Coast waters within Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River and Indian River Lagoon glow with blue-green bioluminescence — a phenomenon resulting from the presence of comb jellies and dinoflagellates (tiny, single-celled marine plankton that exist in some freshwater locations).