4 Vacation Travel Trends Worth Trying

Before you plan your next trip, get vacation inspiration from the newest trends in travel.

By Alison Caporimo
Also published in Reader's Digest Magazine July 2014

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Ride a Bike

Cycling-based tour operators are reporting a 25 to 30 percent increase in demand this year, thanks to travelers’ desires to stay active and eco-friendly on their getaways. Biking vacations from companies like Backroads and DuVine offer tourists the opportunity to explore such destinations as the Arizona desert and the French countryside at their own pace.

Take All the Generations

Cruise lines specialize in multigenerational travel, providing services that appeal to both six- and 66-year-olds. Climb aboard Princess Cruises and watch a poolside movie on a 300-square-foot screen while the kids practice their downward-dog poses in a youth-focused yoga program.

Track Your Genealogy

Relax and find your roots with genealogy tourism: a trip with a twist of uncovering your personal past. Each year, thousands of people flock to Salt Lake City’s Family History Library, the world’s largest repository of genealogy information, to research their extensive family trees. In search of ancestral adventure, visitors plan trips to Europe and beyond.

Step Inside Your Favorite Story

Now you can follow in the footsteps of your favorite on-screen characters. Many Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones travel packages were launched last year, while searches for hotels in Las Vegas rose by 159 percent following the release of The Hangover III, according to hotels.com.

Sources: BBC Travel, pitchengine.com, Travel Market Report, Bicycling, Travel and Leisure, Travel Channel, MSN Travel