In this third in a series of articles, I talk to travel experts about how we will travel next year and beyond. Insider experts, some of the industry’s leading companies and prestigious hotel brands reveal their insights as to the growing travel trends on the horizon and what travellers want from exploring the world.
Last time, I spoke about the rising trend of nostalgic travel as well as the return to expert-led advice. Today, I look at the latest wellness trends and the notion of ‘dopamine’ travel to bring exceptional, feel-good vibes.
At the other end of the scale, and taking the ‘dopamine’ feeling one step further, however, is The House of DreamMaker®, a company which has specialised in experiential travel over the past three decades for ultra-high-net-worth travellers. The aim of his dream-like offerings, says founder, Gregory Patrick, is to blur the lines between fantasy, reality and reverie, via exceptional, personalised experiences which bring the world to colour.
“DreamMaker’s primary purpose is to deliver unbound amazement – to create beautiful moments that are so unique, that they give life more meaning,” he says. “It’s hard to put a price on ‘amazement’. It can only be achieved when unparalleled creativity meets high-precision execution and rigorous experiential artistry in imagining each experience to the smallest detail, and The DreamMaker is obsessive about all these details! The focus is on providing well-balanced and all-inclusive travel designs that expand the mind, allowing those at its service to see the world in a new way.”
Notable adventures have included ‘Americana on 10 Wheels – The Wild West’, in which explorers experienced aworld-first, ultra-luxe road trip through the desert in a 45-foot, $2.8M SuperCoach. With a full complement of staff, including a butler, private chef and doctor, guests are fully immersed in the history and culture of America’s West. The 20-day experience included journeying across America’s striking landmarks, to fully immersive experiences with storytellers, Wild West experts and actors to bring to life the culture of times forgotten.
‘A Symphony of Africa’ was another one-of-a-kind travel experience tailored around safari. The two-week journey led the guests across the very best game reserves in South Africa, Botswana and Zambia, with white-knuckle adrenaline activities in Victoria Falls and a helicopter adventure up the Eastern Cape. It’s the ultimate in experiential travel.