Travel trends for 2020

Scott Dunn predicts the hottest family travel trends for the next year

Family travel experts Scott Dunn are predicting that families will want to step out of their comfort zones and look into more adventurous, active holidays next year.

The company has seen a dramatic rise in the number of families looking for something more exciting than the standard beach holiday. Now, they are searching for more remote, far-flung experiences in all parts of the world where they can escape the crowds and learn new skills as a family.


Launching for Autumn 2020, this is a great destination for those families with older children who want them to experience life off the grid. They can go exploring the spectacular landscape on foot, on mountain bikes or even on horses and camels. Seek out the ancient fossils of dinosaurs and discover the rich, nomadic culture. Follow it up with some relaxation on the beaches of Vietnam at the Four Seasons Nam Hai or Six Senses Ninh Van Bay.

Sabbaticals and learning new skills

In addition, Scott Dunn predicts that families will want to have holidays where they learn and grow together, taking multi-destination tours where they can immerse themselves in the culture or learn new skills. They can also join in conservation programmes, helping to give a little back to our planet.

Think of horse riding with Gauchos in Argentinian Patagonia or working with a reforestation charity in Guatemala. You can even work alongside ocean conservationists in California.

Sustainable cruises

Scott Dunn has also seen a rise in the number of families who want to avoid the high-carbon life of the traditional cruise in favour of trips that help give back. Join Conservation International on board the luxury cruise ship Rascal and witness and engage in the work the charity does to preserve rain forests and tag manta rays.

Off the beaten track

As many cities in Europe have become over populated with tourists, Scott Dunn has chosen a couple of cities to escape from the throng and explore the real local culture. Instead of Venice, why not head to Pienza in Tuscany. It ahs a rich cultural and architectural history and is known as  ‘the ideal city of the Renaissance’. It was the creation of the humanist Enea Silvio Piccolomini who later became Pope Pius II.

The Spanish town of Girona is a great alternative to Barcelona. This Catalonian city sits between Barcelona and Costa Brava and offers plenty to explore within the medieval walls and along narrow winding city streets,including one of the best-preserved Jewish Quarters in Europe.

For more ideas and inspiration, visit Scott Dunn’s website.

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