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The Joy Of Solo Hiking

Do you have any experience going hiking by yourself while carrying a backpack?

 

If you have, you will probably agree that there is no way to determine if backpacking by oneself is better or worse than going on a trip with a group of friends. This is because there is no way to compare the two experiences. To put it more simply, this is an entirely unique form of activity.

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It is generally accepted that backpacking is a social activity, particularly when it is done with other people. You will be in a setting that is distinct from what you are used to, and as a result, you will have the opportunity to meet new people, take in the stunning scenery, and get some exercise by hiking the trails. 

You have a greater chance of participating in the discussion if you are a part of a group, and you also have a greater chance of feeling a sense of relative safety. It is a good opportunity for educational growth.

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When you are by yourself in the middle of nowhere, things take on a whole new character. You are able to achieve a degree of peace and tranquilly when you are by yourself that is just not attainable when you are in the company of other people. 

When you have no one to talk to, you finally stop defining anything and start seeing things in a more simple way. This is because you have no one to ask for clarification from.

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I was in the Sierra Nevadas and I was sitting by an alpine lake at a height of 12,000 feet. It had been two days since I’d seen anybody else, and I couldn’t remember who I was. The only sound that could be heard was the thumping of stones as they descended from the cliffs that were located higher above. 

There was a strong radiance from the sun. My thoughts were at peace, and I got the sensation that I was at the most beautiful location on the whole planet. The atmosphere is quite different when I’m around my close friends.

It is also the case that going hiking by oneself adds a certain element of “edge” to the experience. If you find yourself in a difficult situation there, there is no one around who can get you out of it. When I was in Wyoming and there was a grizzly bear outside my tent, and when I was in Colorado and there was a rockslide in front of me, both of these things were felt viscerally. 

When I was in Colorado, there was a rockslide in front of me, and when I was in Wyoming, there was a grizzly bear outside my tent. Almost immediately, a heightened sense of how vulnerable you are comes over you. This is an interesting experience, and it’s not even a bad one by any stretch of the imagination.

Going on treks by myself is one of the things that I like doing the most since it allows me to see nature in its purest form. There is no doubt that humans are social beings; nevertheless, when we are in the company of other people, our decisions and actions are influenced by the collective decisions and behaviours of the group. There is almost always going to be some amount of friction involved when attempting to fulfil everyone’s expectations at the same time.

Consider doing something as simple as sitting down by the side of the trail for ten minutes in order to collect your breath and regain your composure. Even though there is a pause that is required for one person, it may seem to another person as an unnatural disruption to the rhythm; yet, the option of whether or not to stop going ahead must still be made. 

On the other hand, when you are alone yourself, you will find that decisions seem to come to you almost automatically. What a wonderful break from the stresses and complexity of day-to-day life we have been granted.

If you haven’t tried going backpacking by yourself before, you should go out there and give it a chance. Make it a point to spend the night if at all possible. 

How often do you go through a whole day without having any kind of interaction with another human being? 

You’ll look back on it and be pleased you faced it at some time. 

(Make sure to keep a watch out for my next article, which will include guidance for solo hiking.)

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Wyndham Hotels and Resorts Asia Pacific announces its Multiple Property Development Agreement in Indonesia with Sun Motor Group

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SINGAPORE, INDONESIA – Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific, the leading hotel licensor with over 1,600 hotels in approximately 20 markets and territories in Asia Pacific, announced today that it has signed a multi-property license development agreement with leading Indonesian hotel developer Sun Motor Group.

The signing of multiple development projects has kicked off with the first two of multiple licensing agreements to be signed over the next 5 years – starting with Super 8 Singosaren Solo, which will launch the Super 8 brand in the Indonesian market, and Ramada by Wyndham Sleman Yogyakarta. expanding the presence of one of the world’s most recognized accommodation brands in Indonesia.

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts Asia Pacific announces its agreement with Sun Motor Group to develop multiple properties in Indonesia — Photo by Wyndham

Historically, the Indonesian market has been dominated by the large groups signing Hotel Management Agreements (HMAs) with owners. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts’ flexible branding business model gives owners more control over the direction they want hotel operations to take, while still knowing their hotel is embedded in a powerful distribution engine with the ability to access our world-renowned Brands, industry-leading loyalty program, extensive corporate accounts, preferred supplier relationships, significant marketing campaigns, and world-class training modules. Matt Holmes, Vice President, Development, Southeast Asia and Pacific, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Wyndham’s flexible branding offering is a more cost-effective business model. It’s a win-win for hotel owners and developers, and something I think we’re just scratching the surface of in Indonesia. We anticipate there will be many more savvy owners like Sun Motor Group looking for licensing and distribution options for their hotels or hotel developments that they may not previously have thought were available. added Holmes.

The 50-key Super8 Singosaren Solo is Sun Motor and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts’ second hotel to open in Solo. The limited service hotel is located right in the city center of Solo surrounded by retail outlets within walking distance to Singosaren Plaza Solo, Pasar Klewer and attractions like Kraton Surakarta Grand Mosque, Mangkunegaran Palace, Sriwedari Park and more are removed. It is also just a convenient 10-minute drive from Solo Balapan Central Station and a 30-minute drive from the airport.

Contrasting with the rising tourist arrivals in Indonesia and nestled between Yogyakarta city center and Borobudur Temple, the second property, Ramada Sleman Yogyakarta, will appeal to travelers yearning for a leisurely pace of life while immersed in a scenic landscape. This hotel is scheduled to open by 2024 as Wyndham’s first hotel development project in Yogyakarta.

Further commenting on this milestone agreement, Joon Aun Ooi, President, Asia Pacific, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts said: Indonesia is our strategic key market. Therefore, we are pleased to work with Sun Motor Group to benefit from their rich knowledge and understanding of the Indonesian hospitality industry. Additionally, our robust momentum in business development and pipeline of signings will continue to accelerate Wyndham Hotels and Resorts’ regional footprint as we connect our guests to new stunning destinations in countries like Indonesia amid the ongoing travel recovery.

Hartano Hosea, founder and owner of Sun Motor Group, plays an integral role in the partnership and added: Working with Wyndham Hotels and Resorts allows us to leverage their world-class branding and distribution systems, backed by strong hands-on operational support, to drive performance and generate revenue at our hotels. We are very much looking forward to a successful and long-term cooperation with WH&R in the coming years and beyond.

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Best things to do in Las Vegas if you’re not a gambler

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Life is Beautiful is one of the many music festivals in Las Vegas


Known as the gambling capital of the world, the city of Las Vegas is more than just a place to try your luck at winning big. If you’re not a gambler, there are so many other opportunities to indulge your interests. Regardless of whether you’re a nostalgia buff, a music enthusiast, or a foodie, you’ll find something that appeals to your sense of fun.

We have selected hotels, restaurants and activities for 10 different personalities that we hope will inspire your next trip to Las Vegas.

The nostalgia buff

Experience a taste of old school Vegas at the Neon MuseumExperience a taste of old school Vegas at the Neon Museum — Photo courtesy of Neon Museum Las Vegas

Book a reservation at Mayfair Supper Club, a continuous dinner show that is set against the backdrop of the Bellagio Fountain, and you’ll soon understand why supper clubs have become as trendy as speakeasies. Speaking of speakeasies, visit the Mob Museum for a glimpse of Sin City’s storied past. Nestled in the basement is a speakeasy, which harks back to the Prohibition era, and you can also take a distillery tour which includes samples of moonshine that is made in-house. Also take a trip to the Neon Museum, which displays iconic Las Vegas signs and gives a view into the history of this colorful city.

Open since 1906, the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino is the oldest hotel in Las Vegas. Located under the lights of the Fremont Street Experience, this hotel is about as retro as you can get. If you’re craving a meal fit for the King, visit Golden Steer Steakhouse, where you can sit in the same red leather banquettes that were occupied by celebrities of yesteryear, including Elvis, Frank Sinatra and Muhammad Ali. Have a drink at Atomic Liquors, which is Las Vegas’ first free-standing bar that welcomed the likes of the Rat Pack, Barbra Streisand and Clint Eastwood.

The culture vulture

Visit the Downtown Container Park for art that's truly uniqueVisit the Downtown Container Park for art that’s truly unique — Photo courtesy of Downtown Container Park

What better place to soak up some culture than at the Bellagio, which is inspired by the villages of Europe and overlooks a lake with fountains that perform a choreographed dance every 30 minutes. The resort is also home to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, which presents rotating exhibitions of paintings, sculptures and works on paper. While you’re at the Bellagio, stroll through the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, which recreates itself every season with themes that showcase nature in all of its glory.

The Downtown Arts District is filled with art galleries, antique shops, restaurants and performance spaces, and its creative energy is abundant. Visit on First Friday, a free monthly celebration of local artists, makers and musicians. Located not too far away, the Downtown Container Park is also worth a visit. You’ll find shops and restaurants that are housed in old shipping containers and enjoy live music on select days. While you’re there, stop at Oak & Ivy for creative craft cocktails and friendly bartenders who will make you feel right at home.

The wellness warrior

ARIA Resort & Casino is an excellent option for the wellness warriorARIA Resort & Casino is an excellent option for the wellness warrior — Photo courtesy of ARIA Resort & Casino

ARIA Resort & Casino’s Stay Well Premier rooms provide guests with an extra layer of protection. Amenities such as a shower infuser that reduces chlorine, air purification, and the use of nontoxic cleaning products are a nice touch. Consider Crossroads Kitchen at Resorts World for your vegan fine dining option, and Tacotarian or VegeNation for more casual vegan options. For fresh and healthy dishes in a casual poolside setting, Overlook Grill at The Cosmopolitan is always a great choice.

Anyone who’s interested in maintaining their physical and mental well-being should immediately book a spa service at Waldorf Astoria. With treatment names like “Karmic Happiness Ritual” and “State of Equilibrium,” you’ll be transported to another realm. When you have returned to reality, you can enjoy views of the Strip as you soak in the hot pool or recline in a heated lounger at Waldorf’s spa. The Waldorf Astoria, Park MGM and The Cosmopolitan all offer poolside yoga, or you can venture to local outdoor recreation spots, such as Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area or Valley of Fire.

The music enthusiast

Life is Beautiful is one of the many music festivals in Las VegasLife is Beautiful is one of the many music festivals in Las Vegas — Photo courtesy of Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival

At Planet Hollywood, each room gives off glamorous vibes, and you’ll party like a celebrity at Heart Bar. Legendary musicians such as John Legend, Shania Twain and Pitbull have performed at the Zappos Theater, and you can enjoy your favorite tunes at Extra Lounge, a place where you can be a bit extra while you seek out celebrities. Other hotels with desirable residencies include Resorts World, Virgin Las Vegas and Park MGM, which is also home to On the Record, a secluded music-themed nightclub.

If you’d like to check out the local music scene, head to Brooklyn Bowl at the LINQ, where you can simultaneously bowl and watch a show. SoulBelly BBQ in the Arts District also often hosts local bands, and the Sand Dollar Lounge hosts blues bands at both of its Las Vegas locations. The city is also the home of several music festivals, including Life is Beautiful in mid-September. The Electric Daisy Carnival is held in May every year and is a celebration of electronic music.

The adrenaline junkie

Check an item off your bucket list in this Cirrus SR22 planeCheck an item off your bucket list in this Cirrus SR22 plane — Photo courtesy of All in Aviation

The LINQ Hotel is the place to be if you’re a fan of an adrenaline rush. LINQ is helmed by the High Roller observation wheel, which at 550 feet tall is the largest observation wheel in North America. Or you can fly over 1,000 feet above the ground on Fly LINQ Zipline, which has 10 side-by-side zip lines. Head to The STRAT Hotel & Casino, where you can choose from one of the 1,149-foot SkyPod’s thrill rides – including a roller coaster and Big Shot, which catapults you to a height of 1,081 feet at 45 miles per hour.

While you’re in Las Vegas, you can check an item off your bucket list with All in Aviation, which offers flight lessons and airplane rentals in nearby Henderson. Whether you want to cruise over local destinations like Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam or take a longer trip to the Grand Canyon or Zion National Park, you’ll be able to fly the plane yourself with expert guidance from one of their instructors.

If you’d rather leave it up to the professionals, take a ride with Maverick Helicopters, which lets you enjoy stunning views of the Strip or longer trips to the Grand Canyon.

The foodie

Sample a variety of cuisines with Finger Licking Foodie ToursSample a variety of cuisines with Finger Licking Foodie Tours — Photo courtesy of Finger Licking Foodie Tours

Whether you’re in the mood for a decadent meal at a classic restaurant or want to try something more cutting edge, Las Vegas has you covered. One of the best ways to explore the food scene here is a self-guided tour with Finger Licking Foodie Tours, which offers a variety of tours all over the city – from the Strip to Chinatown to the Downtown Arts District.

Las Vegas has evolved into a serious dining destination, with many celebrity chefs setting up shop both on and off the Strip. One of the more recent additions is Best Friend, chef Roy Choi’s restaurant that combines his Los Angeles Kogi truck delicacies with a touch of Vegas cool. If you stay at Park MGM, you’ll have access to both Best Friend and Eataly, the illustrious Italian marketplace.

Visit Spago at the Bellagio for fine dining at its best, or Mott 32 at The Venetian, where you can preorder one of their most coveted dishes, the Applewood Roasted 42 Days Peking Duck.

The techie

If you're a techie, you'll appreciate Resorts WorldIf you’re a techie, you’ll appreciate Resorts World — Photo courtesy of Resorts World Las Vegas

If you identify as a techie, then you must stay at Resorts World, which opened in 2021 and is home to the world’s largest LED globe. Visit the Conrad lobby at Resorts World, and you’ll be greeted by three robotic puppies: Elvis, Sinatra and Stardust. Also check out the Las Vegas Convention Center Loop, home to a fleet of underground Teslas that travel by tunnel between Resorts World and the Las Vegas Convention Center.

In the mood for a cocktail made by a robot? Order one at The Tipsy Robot at the Miracle Mile Shops, and you’ll watch it dance, shake and pour your custom-made concoction.

For the ultimate in immersive art experiences, AREA15 has it all. From the world-famous Omega Mart to the psychedelic Museum Fiasco and the out-of-this-world Illuminarium, you won’t be at a loss for things to do here. At The Cosmopolitan lobby, just try to look away from the digital art, where a curated library is displayed on eight 15-foot digital columns and creates a living narrative that incorporates poetic interpretations of life’s travels.

The social butterfly

Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan is the perfect spot for social butterfliesMarquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan is the perfect spot for social butterflies — Photo courtesy of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

There couldn’t be a more fitting choice for a social butterfly than The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, which is a hub of activity both day and night. The three-story crystal-ensconced Chandelier Bar is often the center of it all; a place to see and be seen as you sip your cocktail in style.

Make new friends at The Cosmopolitan’s Marquee Dayclub, one of the most popular pool parties in Las Vegas. For late night bites, visit Superfrico, where you’ll savor food classified as “Italian American Psychedelic.” Located within Superfrico is Ski Lodge, a speakeasy that was inspired by the world’s coziest aprés-ski bars. Or visit one of the city’s many other stylish speakeasies. The Cosmopolitan alone has four – besides Ski Lodge, there’s also Ghost Donkey, Beauty & Essex, and The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails.

Venture over to Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den at Resorts World, where you’ll find a speakeasy tucked inside the Famous Foods Street Eats food hall. For a more retro vibe, a reservation at The Laundry Room speakeasy is highly coveted and doesn’t disappoint.

The sports nut

Allegiant Stadium is home to the Las Vegas RaidersAllegiant Stadium is home to the Las Vegas Raiders — Photo courtesy of Allegiant Stadium

Even if you’re not a gambler, you’ll be thrilled by the action at the Caesars Race & Sportsbook at Caesars Palace. Cheer on your favorite team as you’re surrounded by fellow sports fans – the energy is contagious. Beer Park near Paris Hotel & Casino sprawls over a 9,000-square-foot outdoor deck and is host to ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” It evokes the feeling of a classic baseball stadium and invites you to play games like pool, darts and giant Jenga.

The Front Yard Beer Garden at Ellis Island is a great spot for game day tailgating and offers game day specials with viewing parties all year long. Allegiant Stadium is home to the Las Vegas Raiders and the University of Nevada Las Vegas Rebels college football team. This state-of-the-art venue also offers stadium tours, where you can go behind the scenes.

College basketball fans take over Las Vegas during March Madness, where they root on their favorite teams from virtually any place with a TV screen. The T-Mobile Arena often hosts sporting events like UFC, boxing, basketball and hockey with the Vegas Golden Knights.

The solo traveler

Make yourself at home in one of Vdara's suitesMake yourself at home in one of Vdara’s suites — Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International

Celebrate your decision to travel solo with a stay at the luxurious non-gaming Vdara Hotel & Spa, where you’ll enjoy a suite that is both spacious and secluded. You can even bring your best four-legged friend, as Vdara offers special suites designed for you and your pet. Each of Vdara’s modern suites also includes a kitchenette. If you’re feeling social, head over to Fergusons Downtown, a community collective that is very welcoming.

Dine at Peyote, and you’ll enjoy an array of mouthwatering dishes served amidst a Palm Springs vibe. Don’t Tell Comedy at Fergusons presents monthly comedy shows under the stars, and the Mavericks Show at Cheapshot Showroom is a great spot to make new friends in an inclusive atmosphere, all while enjoying a combination burlesque and variety show.

Craving solitude? Visit the Springs Preserve which is about a 15-minute drive from the Strip. Explore a butterfly habitat, visit the Sustainability Gallery & Nature Exchange and hike across 3.5 miles of trails.

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Longer vacations, responsible vacations among Africa travel trends: Travel Weekly

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With improved air access to Africa and ever-increasing traveler confidence, Africa is expected to be a hot ticket for US travelers in 2023. This presents incredible opportunities for travel consultants, Africa experts say.

The opportunity lies in the fact that more than ever, travelers to Africa are taking a lead.

“Before Covid, some travelers asked for quotes on pre-determined destinations and camps. They would then compare prices, often choosing the lowest[-priced] Operators,” said Karen Zulauf of Deeper Africa. “They seemed to trust the internet more than anyone with extensive experience in the space. Travelers planning safaris for 2023 appear to be much more open to advice and guidance.”

The knowledgeable specialist safari tour operator will play an important role in advising and assisting travel consultants and their clients in planning the safari itinerary that best suits their expectations, said Holden Safaris’ Jim Holden. He pointed out that with more information and choices when deciding on a safari, the assistance of a safari specialist is essential.

According to Holden, the most common prefix for most customer questions is “when or what is best” and then fill in the blank, be it the best time to go on safari, the best destination to go on safari, the best place to see a leopard etc. “The answer is, rather than relying on hearsay or trying to sort through all the conflicting information on social media, go with a specialist safari tour operator,” he said.

As travelers are more likely to turn to trusted travel advisors for 2023, it’s important to be up to date on the key trends for the year ahead. Here’s what thought leaders in Africa are predicting:

1. Short delivery times: Probably not the news most travel advisors want to hear, but last-minute bookings to Africa will remain rife in 2023, said Cindy Sheedy Walker, a consultant at Extraordinary, a collection of luxury hotels and lodges in southern Africa. Travelers have an urge for spontaneous adventure and discovery, adds Craig Glatthaar, Americas sales manager at Wilderness Safaris. “In a post-pandemic era, the need for adventure in life is a growing trend.”

Onne Vegter, managing director of Wild Wings Safaris, also sees a trend towards last-minute or “spontaneous” trips. This is unfortunate, he said, as availability can be limited many months in advance during peak seasons, particularly in destinations where demand far outstrips supply. Vegter added that no-deposit concessions made during the pandemic have come to an end. Travelers are still reluctant to part with large sums of money well in advance, but suppliers understandably need to insist on a reasonable deposit, typically between 10% and 30%, to reserve the rooms.

Opportunity for travel consultants? Travel advisors can encourage their clients to get out of peak season where they have greater value with new experiences and fewer crowds during shoulder seasons, says Sherwin Banda, president of African Travel.

2. Take responsible travel to a new level: In 2023, responsible travel in Africa will reach a whole new level, according to safari specialists. Sandra Devoti, general manager at Giltedge, says meaningful travel is a big trend for 2023 as travelers want to “give back” and have a meaningful vacation.

Travelers are turning to Africa because it offers sustainable travel with numerous opportunities to give back in a meaningful way, Banda agreed. “Given the severe impact of the global pandemic and the importance of wildlife conservation, there has never been a greater focus on sustainable travel in Africa,” he said. “Customers across the continent are looking for up-and-coming destinations and more remote destinations. They crave life-changing experiences.”

People are traveling much more consciously, said Lindy Rousseau, chief strategist at Singita. They are interested in authentic sustainability credentials and engage with issues such as solar energy, food waste, plastic use, water conservation, ethical food sourcing, sustainable building materials and local employment.

Opportunity for travel consultants? Direct travelers to responsible companies that not only pay lip service to sustainability and conservation, but companies that have a proven track record, said James Currie, North American sales and new development manager at Great Plains.

3. Linger longer: According to Robert More, CEO of More Family Collection, people can and will linger longer in 2023 as they have more flexibility with virtual work options.

Index Hotels CEO Craig Seaman agreed, saying we will see more individual travelers. But contrary to what is seen in Europe where it will be the more mature market, in Africa we will see a younger profile (under 35). “This is being driven by the ‘work-from-anywhere’ phenomenon that will allow this generation to enjoy longer stays,” he said.

• Related: Work from anywhere? Africa Says “Work From Here”

Travelers are asking for longer stays at safari lodges to enjoy the full safari experience and the many additional activities now offered by many safari lodges, such as learning about the importance of conservation, Holden noted.

Opportunity for travel consultants? Expand the safari experience by incorporating many activities previously considered “back home” that are an integral part of a safari lodge’s existence, such as protecting wildlife and the environment, Holden said.

Seaman adds that it is important for travel consultants to be realistic and aware that Africa is a large and developing continent and not all areas are easily accessible. “It often takes a lot longer to travel from A to B than Google Maps says, so it’s better to choose a ‘base’ hotel/luxury villa from which your guest can explore, rather than doing this every day or two to change hotels,” he said.

4. Group travel of any kind: While solo travel is a key trend for 2023, so are multi-generational travel and group travel. As Zulauf of Deeper Africa pointed out: “Before Covid, the trend was to personalize travel, but now people want to travel with others who matter to them.”

“We see friends traveling together – men, women and couples traveling together – to create memories. These groups often have a common interest, be it sport, food, fauna or flora, but what they are looking for most are unforgettable experiences,” said Seemann.

The result, according to Index Hotels’ Seaman, is an increasing demand for luxury serviced private residences.

“Groups traveling together want the luxury of a hotel but the freedom of homestay, where they can set their own schedule but still not have to worry about cleaning and cooking,” he said.

Opportunity for travel consultants? Banda noted that customers want enhanced experiences and are interested in a la carte options that cater to the diverse desires of their group, so there is something for everyone. Travel Agents who have a group of more than 10 clients traveling together may book a new group.

Travel agents should look for multi-room villas to accommodate group travel. Both Tswalu and Natural Selection have previously announced that they will be incorporating multi-room villas into their new camps, which will launch next summer.

5. A holistic experience: “We’ve entered a new travel landscape and not just a travel bubble,” Seaman said. He said travel has become part of people’s well-being and wellness journey since the pandemic subsided.

• Related: Is Africa a good choice for customers with disabilities?

Wilderness Safaris’ Smoothhair agreed with Seaman, saying that as travelers look to the future, self-development will be a critically important element of the travel experience. “Events surrounding the pandemic have highlighted the issues of self-care, mental resilience and other introspective exercises. People will look at travel as a way to invest in themselves.”

Opportunity for travel consultants? After the uncertainty of the pandemic era, travelers want to travel with peace of mind. Hence a consistent, reliable delivery of the travel experience, with health and safety in mind from start to finish, said Glatthaar.

Singita Rousseau’s travel consultants must provide guests with a seamless and easy booking experience. “Make sure guests feel cared for. Take the time to connect the right guests with the right product,” she said.

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