What the travel psychics are saying about 2014
I’m no psychic, but I read lots of pieces from travel writers who think they are. Take it for what it’s worth, but here are a few of the travel trends I’ve come across during my beginning-of-the-year browsing. Warning: You won’t like all of the forecasts.
Tighter seats, wallets: You thought that flight from Indy to LAX was tight? Well, lay off the beer and extra slice of pizza, because CNN predicts things are about to get a whole lot tighter for us peasants in the coach class on several airlines. You also better perfect your packing skills and learn how to cram everything into your messenger bag, because luggage fees could be going up, too.
The transportation scene changes: Forbes notes bicycle sharing, similar to the Bixi system used in Toronto and Montreal, where users can rent a bike, ride it a short distance and drop it off at another bike stand, is expected to double in size in the U.S. in 2014. In addition, services like Megabus, Uber and public transit are expected to see increases in use.
More procrastinating travelers: We live in a world of instant gratification, according to Fast Company, so it’s no surprise that the quality and quantity of online websites, apps and deals continues to grow in 2014 and reward travelers who wait until the last minute to book a hotel, flight or tickets to a show.