MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The economy is doing a bit better these days and it’s reflected in the travel industry. Not only are travelers spending more, so are hotels, air lines and cruise lines looking to capitalize on your wanderlust.
Martha Riordan loves to travel, especially to see her college daughter compete for her diving team. On one visit to campus, she decided to mix up her plans, skipping the hotel and opting for an RV instead.
“It just came up in conversation. We’d never done it. We thought it might be fun,” explained Riordan.
She joined what travel experts predict will be one of the hottest trends of 2013.
Travel and Leisure’s Kathryn O’Shea-Evans stressed modern RV’S aren’t your daddy’s campers. Expect RV’s to be totally tricked out these days.
“Super-design, super-mod, comes with HDTVs and Wi-Fi, and is gorgeous inside and out,” said O’Shea-Evans.
Another hot travel trend predicted for the new year is theme cruises.
“Yoga themed cruises, jazz themed cruises, golf, so that golf cruises so golfers can get on board and then go to different islands and enjoy teeing off in different locations,” said O’Shea-Evans
Also, get ready for pop up hotels. O’Shea-Evans said they’re getting bigger and more influential.
“I think hotel brands have been seeing certain locations are only good certain times of the year so they’re putting dollars behind these month long hotel operations where they just pop up and you go and enjoy it and then they take it all down and it’s, it’s gone.”
Green travel will stay red hot in 2013.
“Hybrid taxis are popping up in cities around the globe. New York has hybrid taxis, um Paris,” said O’Shea-Evans.
Also hot in 2013, sustainable travel with airlines and airports using special fuel and lighting. and brace yourself for futuristic high tech help
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“One thing I’m seeing in a lot of airports is these hologram attendants where you can go up and ask about your gate or where the restroom is,” said O’Shea-Evans.
Martha Riordan has several flights planned for 2013. She’s not sure if she’ll be rolling with the RV again anytime soon, though she doesn’t rule it out.
“It was fun. We had a good time. It was sort of an adventure,” said Riordan.
Something on the way out is reliance on anonymous travel reviews. More and more travelers are looking for a name to go with reviews they read online.