After a few chaotic years, Booking.com’s 2023 Travel Predictions reveal that over 65% of Indian travellers are looking to escape from reality in the new year by embarking on an ‘off-grid’ style of vacation
No modern luxuries? No worries. Keen to go back to the basics and experience life with only the bare necessities, 64% of the younger generation in India (Millennials, 51%, and Gen Z, 50%) are ready to forgo day-to-day luxuries, to enjoy the off-grid style of vacation – more so than their older counterparts. Regardless, 2023 will see a considerable number of Indian travellers venture into the wilderness, with 55% of friends or 34% of family. Motivated by a desire to learn essential survival skills 58% of Indian travellers – perhaps in case of a cataclysmic event.
With its mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, Booking.com has rounded up some off-grid adventures that travellers can experience on their next vacation; from foraging for food in the wild or learning how to light a fire from scratch to experiences that give a sense of escapism, there’s plenty of thrilling options for travellers to put their survivalist skills to the test.
Perfect the basics
For the 62% of Indian travellers who want to learn basic survival skills including how to light a fire from scratch, Bedouin Nights Camp in Wadi Rum, Jordan is a perfect place to learn and stay. Wadi Rum is a UNESCO-protected area due to its iconic landforms, such as natural arches and narrow gorges, and is often referred to as the “Valley of the Moon” for these reasons. The camp itself embraces the ancient Bedouin culture, and local guides share their desert secrets and village stories with guests. Travellers will learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people, have the opportunity to elevate their understanding of the desert on a series of hike and jeep tours, learn how to live like a local, delve into local foods, and join in the traditional Bedouin dances.
Forage and feed in the wild
With almost two in five, 61% of Indian travellers wanting to forage in the wild for their own ingredients and food, travellers can immerse themselves in this self-sufficient activity at Kinloch Lodge Hotel and Restaurant. Travellers can wander through Kinloch Forest with the hotel’s local guide as they explore the paths of the forest to forage for local ingredients. The freshly picked finds are dependent on the season, where guests can expect to see delicacies such as edible mushrooms, wild garlic, seaweed, and mussels. Other activities on offer, include traditional fire lighting, fishing in the pristine Loch Na Dal waters, wild walks across the sprawling green lands, where guests may catch a glimpse of the rich wildlife such as otters, eagles, and seals, and opportunities to learn how to identify wild foods such as plants and fungi. For travellers wanting to put their wild cooking skills to the test, then opt for a stay at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, United States. Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North
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