The world may be smaller, online travel deals better and access to far-flung locations easier, but what are the best new tips for travelling the world today?
The number of Australians traveling overseas has almost doubled in the past ten years alone as travel has become more accessible and affordable than ever, explains Madeleine Clow, General Manager of Club Med Australia and New Zealand.
“Airlines have made one of the biggest impacts on how travel has evolved to reach the masses, moving from one major national carrier to a multitude of international options, including Virgin, and low-cost carriers like Jetstar,” she points out.
“This has opened up affordable travel to Australia and gives us new destinations and options, a new pricing ladder - including baggage options, meal options, and so forth - and more travel classes. Overall, this means that now more than ever, Australians have the power to choose.”
The nature of travel has also changed quite rapidly in recent years thanks to the sky-rocketing popularity of online social platforms, Madeleine claims.
“There is power in the consumers hands thanks to social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and TripAdvisor, which encourage shared inspiration between travellers,” she notes. “If a brand doesn’t look after travellers, it’s available for everyone to see. This makes travel more accessible as travellers have more trust in places they visit if it has been peer-recommended, and also cause the standards of travel brands to lift.”
Here are some more of Madeleine’s tips for travelling better this year:
- You Can Explore New Frontiers: “Brazil is an exciting place to visit in 2016 with the Olympics around the corner, and Japan is fast-becoming a must-go destination this year - especially the tropical Okinawa islands,” she says. “For a holiday closer to home, Bintan Island – just a ferry ride from Singapore – is one of Asia’s best-hidden gems.”
- You Can Save More Money: Booking a holiday where every last, little detail is already locked in means there’s no need to plan all your activities, meals and accommodation, so everyone can relax and have a perfect break on their holiday. “Also, with the weak Australian dollar, often it can be difficult to anticipate your costs but all-inclusive holidays mean you prepay for everything and don’t need to worry about overspending,” Madeleine claims.
- You Can Trust Your Travel Choice: “Choose resorts within your budget that have received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence or entered the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame – these are far more trustworthy than a star standard,” Madeleine explains.
- You Can Give Back To The Environment and Community: Find a resort that gives back - “not only to the environment but the local community also,” Madeleine suggests. Green Globe certification is a key indicator.