Has mainstream TV lost its appeal? Are you increasingly turning to one of the Specialty Channels, taping and watching your favorite TV shows focusing on travel and food, gardening and home improvement, women’s interests, extreme sports, adventure or nature? Maybe you already cut the cable and are watching the new breed of internet TV shows? Are your kids glued to the Disney channel? If any of the answers are yes, then you are probably a great candidate to experience the joys of “niche travel” which promises a more rewarding personal experience integrated with YOUR interests and passions.
With travel opportunities expanding at an unprecedented rate, here are a few reasons why you might want to enlist the help of an experienced travel specialist who can help you get out of the “one size fits all” mentality and find the travel experience of a lifetime!
-The top three niche travel markets are growing phenomenally, according to Amadeus’ travel experts are family travel (56 percent ), lifestyle travel (50 percent) and adventure travel (39 percent) with eco/green travel, religious travel, destination weddings. There is a quickly growing demand for travel by people on dialysis, in wheelchairs, with hearing or visual challenges as well..
-Specialized travel companies and their employees and guides share your passion and enhance it with additional training and personal experience. This generates a high degree of mutual loyalty which is “hard to earn and easy to lose.” Consequently, both travellers and specialists tend to spend more time planning itineraries that incorporate activities and places that have a worth far greater than the dollars being spent, such as taking cooking lessons from famous chefs in their kitchens or homes, kids of all ages meeting their favorite Disney characters on board a themed Disney cruise, travelling with quilters, square dancers, adding philanthropic and volunteer aspects to your plans, exploring England through Harry Potter’s eyes, private guided tours of the best museums of the world or even the Vatican before it is open to the public.
-Niche Specialists can make the impossible, possible. One of the most unique requests Randi Winter of Passionate Travel had, was from honeymooners going to Italy. At the last minute they wanted to be blessed by the Pope. One of the obstacles was that the bride and groom had to appear in their wedding clothes within 14 days of being married. Usually these requests go through your local clergy, but there was no time. When permission was finally granted, it was too late for them to pack their wedding clothes, so Randi took all their measurements and when they landed, the first stop was to a costume rental shop, where a wedding dress and tux was all ready for them to take to their hotel for their big day. What do you think they will remember for the rest of their lives?
Let your passion be your guide to a niche travel experience that will have you talking about what you did on vacation instead of where you went. Bucket lists, move over, when you can have your favorite TV show come to life! For some inspiration, check out www.passionatetravel.com .