Thursday, December 14, 2006

Flashpackers and blogging slowdown

A quick round-up today as we’re busily uploading the December edition onto the website, ahead of tomorrow’s official publication day.

According to the BBC, the blogging phenomenon will start to level out in 2007 around the 100 million mark. This is clearly a rapid slowing down on the current rate of almost doubling every six months.

Meanwhile, Euromonitor International – who spoke after Travolution at the TTA conference in London yesterday – has outlined the key growth areas for travel in the next 3-4 years.

  • Adventure travel (trekking, rafting, etc)
  • Extreme sports (sky diving, bungee jumping)
  • Health/wellness (spa holidays)
  • Voluntourism (planting trees, installing water pumps, etc)
But our favourite – and a phrase we’ve not come across before – is flashpacking!

Successful, rich, 30-somethings (primarily), who take a year or so off to travel the world.

But rather than slum it on the Khao San Road in Bangkok with the rest of the great unwashed, for example, they stay at four and five-star establishments all the way.

Kevin May, editor, Travolution

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Flashpacking, now that's a new one to add to the Travo glossary of terms! I must admit, the thought of taking a year out to travel is very appealing, I'm not sure 4/5 star hotels is what I had in mind - I prefer to rough it a little :-)