The surprising travel trends of 2023
The excellent HBO series “The White Lotus” will undoubtedly arouse the desire to go to Sicily in Italy.
Bye bye the “new normal”! According to the forecasts of the travel company Expedia, 2023 promises trips off the beaten track. Here are the unexpected trends that should mark the year.
The series, source of inspiration  ;
Have you just finished The White Lotus on Crave and you dream of flying to Sicily in Italy where the characters evolved? You are not alone. According to a survey conducted by Expedia, TV series will be an important source of inspiration for travelers in 2023. In Quebec, 41% of travelers have considered visiting a destination after seeing it on their screen and 17% even went so far as to book a trip for this reason.
A strong comeback for cultural trips
In 2023, culture is picking up the pace again! Cultural and artistic cities are experiencing a marked increase in demand from travelers seeking to be dazzled by the work of artists in various festivals, concerts or other cultural events. Do we meet at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, WorldPride in Sydney or at the cherry blossoms in Tokyo?
Long live 3-star hotels
No more big luxury, people want to travel for less. A third of people surveyed by Expedia are willing to opt for multiple hotel stays rather than staying at a luxury hotel just once a year. In 2023, 31% of Quebec travelers plan to stay in hotels with one to three stars.
The new kind of well-being
< p>Wellness vacations will still be popular in 2023. However, for many, traditional meditation or golf retreats have become synonymous with boredom. People are looking for more original experiences. Hotels all over the world are trying to conquer this market by offering activities that are out of the ordinary, such as sylvotherapy (forest bathing) or fruit harvesting.
Cooking while traveling
Outings to the best restaurants are no longer necessarily synonymous with a successful trip. Travelers want to be able to cook in the comfort of their private accommodation. It is for them a pleasant activity in addition to being economical. To do this, they seek accommodations with amenities such as outdoor kitchens, pizza ovens or air fryers.
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The western way of life is back in fashion. Travelers are looking to rent spacious ranches or farms in places surrounded by rugged wilderness, especially in the Prairie provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba), but also in Europe or even Oceania.
Our hidden treasures from here
Finally, no need to travel miles to be amazed and relax. Canadian and Quebec destinations that are little known, but still have their charm, are coveted by travelers.
In Canada, we mention Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island, Canmore in Alberta or Winnipeg in Manitoba. In Quebec: Chelsea in Outaouais, Trois-Rivières in Mauricie, Joliette and Rawdon in Lanaudière, Montmagny in Chaudière-Appalaches, Granby in Estrie, and Drummondville in Centre-du-Québec.
Another surprising destination in the province: Wendake, a few minutes from Quebec, with its comfortable First Nations Hotel-Museum. The establishment will also undergo a makeover in the spring of 2023. There will be a new elegant decor celebrating Aboriginal traditions designed by Camdi Design, a new wing and new suites. Even the famous La Traite restaurant (where local flavors are divinely highlighted) will be modernized!
Photo: Courtesy of Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations