Making new trails
BY wangxingwei from 21st Century
Published 2020-01-03
These trends will help you beat the crowds and experience new kinds of travel. TUCHONG

Many people travel to enrich and enjoy themselves. As Persian poet Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273) said: “Travel brings power and love back into your life.” However, their travel methods may be different each year. Lonely Planet and Forbes listed their top trends of 2019. Here, TEENS has picked out three of them for you. Let’s take a look.

Augmented attractions

World travel can be expensive. But virtual reality and augmented reality, or VR and AR, are giving more possibilities to “travel” for little cost. With ever-improving headsets, smartphones and WiFi connections, technologies have changed the way we travel, bringing the 360-degree experience of museums, theme parks and historical sites to our homes.

In 2019, NASA provided a VR experience of Mars, allowing people to “walk” its surface with just a headset. Paris’ famous museums, meanwhile, provided more applications with AR technology. This gives visitors more context and information about exhibits. With that, visitors can view a sea cow growing flesh before their eyes.

Solo Travel

Which style do you prefer, travel on your own or with family and friends? Traditionally, travel seems to be a group activity to have fun together and avoid loneliness. But that has changed in 2019. This year, solo travel has become popular, especially among young people.

Traveling on your own means that you are the boss of everything, choosing wherever you want to go, whatever you’re eager to tuck into and whenever you go out. For some people, it also unleashes a better, more confident person, ready to tackle anything. Traveling in a totally foreign land on your own can be challenging. “It opens up your mind to new things and pushes you out of your comfort zone,” Kristina Wegscheider, a traveler from the US, told Travel Pulse.

Getting off the beaten path

There are always some “must-see” spots anywhere you travel. Paris’ iconic Louvre Museum is an example. However, with crowds blocking your view of Mona Lisa to take pictures with their phones, you may not be able to enjoy this masterpiece.

In order to avoid the crowds, many like to visit less famous places after searching online or following local agencies in 2019. With less transportation and fewer things to do, hitting up small towns lets people slow down and notice the little things. Take a walk, ride a bike, sip coffee a little slower, take a deep breath and explore. What better way to enjoy the scenery?

(Translator & Editor: Wang Xingwei AND Ji Yuan)