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Travel Trends in 2015
2014 is almost over and we can look forward to a new interesting year for travel - 2015.
There are a few interesting trends for 2015, including newly trendy destinations. In several phrases I tried to put together an article about what we can expect from travel in 2015.
While, compared to 2014, we cannot expect a drastic change in the way we travel, we can still predict certain changes, but there are a few notable trends for 2015.
Of course, we will see more smartphone apps in 2015, more mobile-based travel services, further diversification of travel services.
But what stands out the most are trends regarding destinations and accommodation services.
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Before we go into the 2015 trendy destinations, let's look back at 2014 a bit...
One can observe an elevated interest towards places like Medellín, Puerto Rico, Portugal. Not only in 2014, but during the past 2-3 years overall.
In 2015, other destinations might emerge (Forbes is telling us, they're on the "upswing"): Bhutan, Indonesia, South Africa, Botswana, Myanmar, Turkey/
Quite interestingly, Iran is also gaining attention - in late 2014, a new train service has been launched between Budapest and Tehran.
It's the follower of the legendary "Orient Express" train.
A Business Insider article shows the train off with photos.
It's a vintage steam engine-driven train, but occasionally along the way they will switch the engine and, the train will also be ferried across the Bosporus, as it reaches Istanbul.
The Orient Express train is operated by the British Golden Eagle Luxury Trains company in co-operation with the Hungarian State Railways.
A ticket between Budapest and Tehran for a two week trip costs more than 14,000 USD per person - according to the mentioned Business Insider article, referring to Reuters.
The Emergence of the "Poshtels"
Besides destinations - there's a new trend in accommodation as well.
The so-called "poshtels" or "braggies" are on the rise (CNBC is telling us).
These are essentially a mix between hostels and hotels and they've first emerged in the UK.
"Poshtels" target those who wish to shrink their accommodation expenses drastically, but still want to enjoy quality, even glamorous hotel experiences - as the CNBC article explains.
Many hostels are resorting to upgrades. They are improving their services, installing twin en-suite rooms, offering more services to the clients.
Essentially, a "poshtel" is an upgraded, more stylish hostel. Some will try to stretch out closer to hotels, even boutique hotels. Giving more style to themselves, improving the amenities, the technical equipment and even offering free breakfast.
The same CNBC article is informing us that another trend has been set by alternative accommodation services like Airbnb.
These enable personal property rental to travelers.
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