Six Vacation Options for U.S. Travelers Craving the Great Outdoors

Travel Leaders Network | August 31, 2020

After weeks of being cooped up at home, consumers are seeking to explore the great outdoors farther than their own back yards, say travel advisors at Travel Leaders Network who have seen an uptick in travelers wanting advice where to go and want to do before the end of the year. Road trips, national parks and theme parks top the list.

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The market for solo tourism products in Europe is booming. The number of singles is growing, as is the number of people that travel solo by choice. They increasingly tend to visit developing countries, seeking adventures, relaxation, solitude or connection. Self-development and unique experiences are important aspects of solo travel. Personal guided tours are especially popular.

Spotlight

The market for solo tourism products in Europe is booming. The number of singles is growing, as is the number of people that travel solo by choice. They increasingly tend to visit developing countries, seeking adventures, relaxation, solitude or connection. Self-development and unique experiences are important aspects of solo travel. Personal guided tours are especially popular.

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