Overseas Adventure Travel Reveals 5 Travel Trends for 2020

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Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T.), the leader in small group travel for Americans 50+, revealed its top five travel trends for 2020.

“2020 is shaping up to be a fascinating year for travel focused on Americans aged 50 and older. These travelers are eager to see the world, but they’re choosing where, how and with whom to travel in some particular ways.”

Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T.), the leader in small group travel for Americans 50+, revealed its top five travel trends for 2020. The predicted trends arise from O.A.T. consumer demand for the year ahead.

Brian Fitzgerald, chief operating officer of O.A.T., commented, “2020 is shaping up to be a fascinating year for travel focused on Americans aged 50 and older. These travelers are eager to see the world, but they’re choosing where, how and with whom to travel in some particular ways.”

O.A.T. Top 5 Travel Trends for 2020:

  • Women-focused travel – Women 50+ are traveling in a variety of ways. Solo travel and women-only adventures will continue to be popular options, even for women who sometimes travel as part of a couple.
  • Travel by small ship – In 2020, travelers 50+ will continue be drawn to small ship travel. Travelers enjoy the chance to visit more remote and smaller ports with smaller vessels, and the opportunity to mingle in small groups with locals in an un-touristy way. O.A.T. experienced 20 percent growth in Small Ships adventures in 2019.
  • Interest in undertouristed destinations – With some overtouristed destinations making pleas for tourists to stay away, 2020 will make room for undertouristed destinations such as Ethiopia, Tunisia, and Albania to get another look from travelers who once may not have considered them.
  • Slow travel – In 2020, travelers 50+ will show greater interest in traveling at a relaxed pace, rather than cramming as much sightseeing as possible into hectic days. Slow travel emphasizes cultural immersion and spending time making connections to local people and their culture where they live and work.
  • Impact tourism – Travelers’ desire to give back to the communities they visit will continue to gain steam in 2020. Increasingly, the opportunity for travelers to provide support to local community projects, schools, and women’s collectives will be intrinsic to the core travel experience.

O.A.T. gives back to the communities in which it travels through its charitable Grand Circle Foundation, which has supported more than 300 humanitarian, cultural, and educational organizations, including 100 schools, in 50 countries since 1992. The Foundation is an entity of the Lewis Family Foundation, which has pledged or donated more than $200 million since 1981.

O.A.T. attracts active, curious travelers interested in exploring destinations off the beaten path and connecting with the people who live there. O.A.T. travelers journey across African savannas, navigate the shores of Croatia, and trek in the foothills of the Himalayas. To provide an intimate and accessible experience, O.A.T. limits groups to 8-16 travelers on land and 22 travelers on average by ship.

For a free catalog or more information about O.A.T., please visit http://www.oattravel.com or call 1-800-955-1925.

ABOUT OVERSEAS ADVENTURE TRAVEL
Established in 1978, Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T.) is part of Boston-based Grand Circle Corporation's family of travel companies, which also include Grand Circle Cruise Line and Grand Circle Travel. In 1992, owners Alan and Harriet Lewis established the nonprofit Grand Circle Foundation to support communities in which Grand Circle works and travels, including some 300 humanitarian, cultural, and educational endeavors worldwide—among them, 100 schools, in 50 countries. The Foundation is an entity of the Lewis Family Foundation, which has pledged or donated more than $200 million since 1981.

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