AOL Travel just published its top ten travel trends for the new year, and 2011 is the year of tailored trips. Gone are the days of sitting poolside with no plans — instead people are booking unique experiences, like a tea-tasting trip in China or volunteer vacations in Costa Rica. Here are three of our favorites from AOL:
1. Niche Trips. Think of something you love to do. Cook? Bike? Surf? Chances are there is a company that can plan an itinerary around your favorite things and activities.
2. The Great Outdoors. According to AOL Travel, visits to national parks have increased over the past two years. Check out the National Park Service’s website for a list of free days at parks across the country.
3. Travel with Your Smart Phone. No matter if you’re comparing flight prices or finding a restaurant in a new city, your smart phone is your best travel companion.
Check out AOL’s other travel trends for 2011.
Source: AOL Travel