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14 top travel trends for 2019

Discerning travellers venture far from the madding crowd

Patrick Millar, Marketing Manager of Kirker Holidays says: “Increasingly, discerning travellers are seeking undiscovered city break destinations and hotels which are not on the main booking websites, in an endeavour to avoid the madding crowd. Some of our most regular clients have started to look upon the prospect of a summer weekend in Barcelona or Rome with a sense of trepidation at the thought of navigating the tourist hordes on Las Ramblas or having their view of Michelangelo’s magnificent Sistine Chapel ceiling obscured by backpacks. The proliferation of cheap flights and over-tourism is not going away, but there are solutions: we seek out characterful hotels in charming smaller cities, such as Montpellier, Salamanca or Lucca, and advise clients wishing to visit better-known destinations on the quieter times of year to travel, with insider tips that take them off the beaten path.”

A three-night trip to Salamanca, staying at the four-star Hotel Rector with Kirker Holidays costs from £698 pp (two sharing), including flights (London), accommodation with breakfast, private car transfers and Kirker Concierge Service.

Hotel Rector, Salamanca
Hotel Rector, Salamanca

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