While we’ve already highlighted some of the biggest travel trends for 2019, we also know that some of 2018’s biggest trends are still in full effect and we’re excited to explore them with our Zurfers’ community. A term on all industry insiders’ lips has been “Transformational Travel,” and it’s a trend with immense staying power. In simple terms, luxury is no longer defined by the thread count of sheets, gold fixtures, or imported marbles lining the bathroom countertops. Today’s traveler is seeking experience that enable them to experience the true flavors of each country, engage with locals, and lodge in the homes of locals for personalized experiences that change them from the inside out. According to the Transformational Travel Council, the term’s definition is “Transformational travel (or TT) is any travel experience that empowers people to make meaningful, lasting changes in their life. Traveling with intention, openness, and mindfulness. Engaging in challenging physical and/or cultural experiences.”
Here are some of our top picks for a Transformational Travel adventure in one of our favorite destinations, Margarita Island
Not only can you lodge like a local with Zurfers, you’ll also be exchanging with a member of the Margarita Island community. Our members are encouraged to share their own travel tips, favorite locations, and insider information, enabling you to get a truly authentic experience from the eyes of a Margarita Island resident.
Margarita Island has a rich cultural history. Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1498 and the scene of battles by Indians and later, pirates, the shores of Margarita Island have fascinating stories to tell. Take in history and expand your cultural and historical knowledge at the island’s culturally and historically significant sites; San Carlos de Borromeo Fortress, Castillo Santa Rosa, The Museo Insular and the Casa de Cultura Ramon Vasquez.
A major focus of the trend has highlighted wellness, such as yoga retreats, or challenging outdoor activities that are as fun as they are beneficial to our health. Santa Margarita is the perfect destination to tackle this trend with hiking trails through the forests or mountains, prime surfing conditions, or snorkeling amidst colorful coral reserves.