A new year is around the corner and now is the time that many begin laying the groundwork for their 2014 vacations. Travel trends evolve annually and industry leaders work hard to stay ahead of the future of tourism as we seek ways to fulfil the wanderlust desires of our clients year after year.

American Express Travel recently surveyed almost 200 travel counselors for their thoughts on what the travel industry will look like in 2014. Luckily for us, TQ has consistently stayed ahead of the curve when it and it appears that 2014 will be no exception!

Here are a few trends travelers will see next year:

Specialized Stays
Seasoned travelers are looking for trips that fit their specific interests, whether it is a voyage centered around a city’s culinary sites, a tour based on history or a vacation for the adventurous type. TQ’s trips are trend-setting in that they are each already specialized for daring travelers with specified interests. Astronomy buffs, archaeology-lovers and worldly foodies can enjoy trips with us that feature everything from experiencing the aurora borealis, viewing ancient cave drawings and indulging in a tour wine country in France.

Expert-led Excursions
The knowledge of travel experts will be a hot commodity in 2014.  “More information does not necessarily lead to better decision-making,” says Tony Gonchar, vice president of the U.S. Representative Network at American Express Travel. “Consumers are overwhelmed by the wealth of travel material and crave guidance and expertise.” When traveling with TravelQuest, local experts and professional scholars guide visitors through sight-seeing expeditions. For example, those who travel on our astronomy-focused tours might be accompanied by meteorologist Jay Anderson, who has been with TQ since 1998, traveling and star-gazing around the world.

Planners Prepare
The early bird gets the worm! In this case, the early-booker gets to travel on the once-in-a-lifetime trips. According to the survey, 43 percent of the respondents reported customers were booking travel further ahead in 2014 than in 2013. Lucky for those who are planning for the ultimate adventure, TQ has tours already accepting reservations for 2015, providing ample time to prepare for the journey of your lifetime.

Check out our upcoming tours to see our tours that will be trendy in 2014.

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