Top image: Four Seasons Maldives
Before you finalize your 2016 #wanderlist, we suggest checking out the latest travel trends for 2016. From adult napping (no joke!) and relaxed check-in/checkout times to learning a fun new hobby like Hula dancing or DJ’ing, this list will definitely give you a serious case of the travel bug. And if you’re in the market for a new job, you’ll definitely love the employee travel perk trend. Think unlimited paid time off, vacation cash, and more.
Flexible Check-in and Checkout Times
Thanks to hotel groups like Capella, Penisula, Yotel, and Patina, check-in and checkout policies are becoming more relaxed. As in, you actually decide when you want to come and go. According to Conde Nast Traveler, “The Patina Hotel and Resort brand books rooms in blocks of 24 hours, so a guest could hypothetically arrive at 11 p.m., then check out at 11 p.m. the following night without paying any extra fees.” Others charge a reasonable fee for additional hours. That’s a small price to pay for the luxury of a shower before your redeye!
Employee travel perks
No, you’re not dreaming — if you work for the right company, that is. According to Forbes , companies such as Netflix and Zynga are now offering employees unlimited (yes, unlimited!) paid time off as long as they meet their work deadlines. Taking it a step further, Evernote employees get a whopping $7,500 to cover the cost of a family vacation. The catch? They must fully disconnect from work. Gone are the days of being stuck in the office 24/7, and besides, who wouldn’t rather send a weekly report from the Maldives?
Adult napping is officially a thing while jet setting. Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess embraces the art of napping with a 30 or 60-minute nap a zero-gravity SoSound chair. Too much fun in the sun? The Miami Beach EDITION spa offers a Power Nap add-on to massages that provides four hours of sleep in just 20 minutes via microcurrents. Rest assured (pun intended!), you’ll never risk being a party pooper on vay-k thanks to this trend.
You’ve traveled all the way overseas, so why not learn a new hobby while you’re there. Love music? The W Retreat & Spa in Vieques Island, Puerto Rico offers a three-day retreat that will have you mixing like a pro in no time. While at Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah, unleash your inner artist and take a tailored wheel-thrown pottery or jewelry-making class. And if Hula dancing is on your bucket list, take a lesson when staying at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa.
Unplug and socialize
Ready for a social detox? Resorts and hotels are urging guests to put gadgets away and socialize (the old fashioned way). Home Ranch, a Relais & Chateau property in Colorado, has a basket prompting guests to leave cell phones, laptops, iPads, etc. when entering the property so they’re able to better enjoy social activities like horseback riding and communal gourmet meals. Or grab a cocktail on the rooftop of The Embassy Row Hotel and play life-sized Connect Four with fellow hotel guests. Your brain will appreciate a break from Instagram and Snapchat!
xx, The FabFitFun Team