Best & Worst Travel Trends of the 2010s | MojoTravels

Best & Worst Travel Trends of the 2010s | MojoTravels

It’s not just about where you go but how you do it welcome to MojoTravels and today we’re discussing some of the best and worst travel trends of the 2010s are you a fan of our videos be sure to subscribe to mojo travels and ring the bell to be notified about our latest videos for this list we’re looking at the good and bad and travel over the last decade by this we don’t just mean the impact of individual travel experiences but also the happiness of locals the environment and the tourism industry as a whole bad insta travel look we’re not here to deny the appeal of Instagram social media is a major driving force behind the wanderlust of many responsible and respectful travelers the problem is that with the rise of social media influencers picture perfect destinations that were once as solitary and untouched as an Instagram photo would have you believe are now swarmed with people looking to recreate that shot the crowds are bad enough but a major problem with doing it for the gram is that many travelers are now more focused on documenting the experience rather than actually living it go to a popular Vista and take a look around how many people are taking photos for social media rather than genuinely soaking in the view good Boutique Hotel’s it’s a pretty common feeling amongst frequent travelers that hotels have a nasty habit of blurring together there’s a distinct hotel design aesthetic that’s understandably but regrettably deeply impersonal as we’ll see further on travelers are increasingly looking for unique memorable experiences and thankfully we’re increasingly seeing options for accommodations that check the one-of-a-kind box even if they do often tend to be pricier chains have loyalty programs and a sense of familiarity but with independent and/or boutique hotels your accommodations feel firmly rooted in the local area plus they tend to offer more personalized services and attention bad over tourism we’re living in an age of unprecedented mobility a larger percentage of the global population is traveling than ever before in 2018 the World Tourism Board reported one point four billion international tourist arrivals in one sense this is a wonderful global cultural exchange but when you combine it with influencer culture and long-standing must-visit destinations like Paris Venice Rome it’s at the sheer volume of people can have obvious and fast-acting consequences Iceland was the hot destination of the decade but large crowds began to undermine not only its pristine appeal but also overwhelm its infrastructure worst of all heavy foot traffic has had an impact on the local environment good the rise of under tourism over tourism is a term that most people are now familiar with under tourism however is just beginning to make waves as the term suggests under tourism refers to destinations that appeal to travelers looking to escape overcrowded destinations like those we just discussed it’s a compelling concept and seems to be beneficial in a number of ways for travelers looking for an authentic experience these destinations feel fresh and as of yet uncompromised by tourists expectations and opportunism for the destinations themselves a growing frustration with over tourism provides them with an opportunity for economic growth for the time being it’s a win-win but local tourist industries in under tourism destinations need careful planning and management to avoid seeing themselves swap out under or over bad the Brooklyn effect this is another term that we’ve been hearing increasingly often over the last decade Brooklyn’s appeal isn’t hard to understand some of its most famous areas are trendy hip youth-oriented and very much focused on artisanal high-quality and niche products services and experiences in short it’s a hipster Haven but Brooklyn wasn’t always trendy however gentrification has seen it evolve into what it is today and its desirability has pushed out lower-income families and long term businesses despite these socio-economic consequences Brooklyn’s appeal is such that neighborhoods around the world seemingly aim to become the Brooklyn of X this is the Brooklyn effect and it can not only hurt local residents but also results in homogeneous travel experiences good authenticity when a destination receives a high number of travelers local businesses will often begin to adjust their offerings in order to meet the expectations wants and needs of international visitors if you’ve ever walked through the more touristy parts of Paris or Rome you’ve surely seen restaurants with signs that say tourists menu or how about the endless slew of cookie cutter gift shops one finds near Times Square or in Venice Beach if the destination is popular enough one can visit a city without having so much as a single experience to which a local can relate thankfully travelers seem to be pushing back against tourist minded offerings visitors increasingly want authenticity to eat and drink at small local establishments and to observe and engage in the local culture bad slum tourism while authenticity is all well and good there’s a clear difference between engaging with a local culture and being exploited over the years visitors seeking to gain perspective or see how others live have given rise to tours that take visitors usually those of substantial means and privilege into areas of extreme poverty defenders call it educational and humanitarian minded while others deem it boyar istic and that it turns the lives of others into a spectacle of misfortune such tours can bring money to these areas and foster connections across socio-economic divides but by the same token there are arguably much more efficient ways to affect change in short there are ethical poverty tours out there but travelers must do their research beforehand and given the lack of regulation and countless opportunistic tours out there the popularity of slum tourism at this time feels more harmful than good good ecotourism while travel experiences are incredibly enriching they come with costs ones that are not only monetary air travel in particular is quite taxing on the environment but given that there are so few viable alternatives it’s important that people attempt to minimize their carbon footprint and environmental impact in other ways thankfully there seems to be a concerted effort to think more about the environment we’re seeing an increased number of eco resorts and environmentally minded travel packages and tours that invite visitors to appreciate a destination without contributing to its decline and as travelers become increasingly self-conscious about their environmental impact they’re prioritizing these businesses and the experiences they have to offer bad working while traveling the last decade has seen the rise of the digital nomads with our lives increasingly taking place online there are many jobs that can be done while on the road be it for an extended holiday or even indefinitely this however is a double-edged sword for those who have crafted a life and found a balance in which this allows them to support themselves have a fulfilling career and leave their best lives more power to them many however being constantly plugged in just means that they haven’t taken a proper vacation years your smartphone’s omnipresence is such that even when you’re on the beach you’re expected to be reachable you’re likely so conditioned to check your email daily that you likely do it without prompting the end result is that far too many people never actually disconnect and when traveling that often comes at the expense of the overall experience good slow travel when you have limited time and you’ve made it to a destination you’ve never been to before the urge is strong to pack in as much as you possibly can this applies not only to overall itinerary five European countries in ten days why not but also on how you plan your days but as anyone who’s been to a budget buffet can tell you more isn’t always better evolving out of the slow food movement slow travel takes this mentality of savoring the moment and applies it to all aspects of travel rather than rushing from Rome to Florence take a leisurely drive through the countryside and soak it in sit and watch the sunset from the balcony of the beautiful hotel room you booked travel shouldn’t be approached with a completists philosophy thankfully this is something that in recent years more and more people seem to be taking to heart do you agree with our picks check out this other recent clip for mojo travels and be sure to subscribe and ring the bell to get notified about our latest videos [Music]

12 thoughts on “Best & Worst Travel Trends of the 2010s | MojoTravels

  1. This isn't a knock against you, Noah, but I'd really like to see this channel return to the time when there were multiple narrators, allowing for a bit more stylistic variety. After all, you've already amassed an expansive narration empire consisting of, among myriad other ventures, annexing the most recent WatchMojo videos concerning a certain animated T.V. show as the new "Rick & Morty Czar", not to mention you're complete and utter monopolization of the Unveiled channel! You, sir, are a rogue narrator, drunk with power! …..JK! :). I'm just being facetious – just some good-natured ribbing. ……Nevertheless, I still stand by my initial point that it would be nice to keep this channel fresh with just a few rotating narrators doing their own thang. Anyway, I once again want to emphasize that this honestly is not a thinly veiled criticism of your voice over skills. In fact, I love watching every Unveiled video that comes out! I especially enjoy the "what if" scenarios where a myth, miracle, or monster turns out to be real, which you then explore for the next 7 minutes or so from a pragmatic, political, socioeconomical, theological, and scientific point of view – all grounded in reality as much as possible!
    Oh, and for those who don't feel like taking time out of their day to ready a monolithic YouTube comment, here's the TL;DR Version: Add some more variety to MojoTravels with multiple V.O. artists, and go check out Unveiled – it's awesome!

  2. Well the one good thing about "insta" tourism is that it allows more people at home to see new parts of the world through various pov rather than say through one mainstream channel e.g. National Geographic or sth. I'd rather more people travel than less, to understand each other and make the world a smaller, closer place.

  3. I've been doing slow tourism since before it became trendy. I never understand the idea of cramming in so much in so little time. How can one savour and experience a destination if they treat it like fast food? One of my favourite YouTubers has a similar view of travelling as I do: wander about and see where my feet take me. I find I see more doing this than planning where I'll be every hour of the day.

    One other thing I have recently grown to like is going to places less travelled. A couple of years ago I went to Moldova and was hooked. This coming year I'll be going to Georgia (Sarkatvelo ??). It's still not too touristy, although travellers and tourists are starting to get a taste of such places. By the way, I love saying Sarkatvelo. It sounds sexy ?

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