Why travel to Keukenhof if you can see millions of blooms along the West Coast? Why visit an artist's retreat in the south of France, if you can channel your inner Van Gogh in Clarens? Why sample the vintages of the Yarra Valley near Melbourne if you can pop the cork on the Cape Winelands?
To experience travel is one thing, to be transformed by it is something completely different. The new big buzzword in travel is transformative travel and, by the looks of it, it will be one of the next big travel motivators in 2018. Perhaps best described as experiential travel at full throttle, transformative travel really boils down to travel for the purpose of self-reflection and engaging with a new culture and nature.
When the popular 1980s American TV programme, Cheers, used to reign the airwaves, its signature "...where everybody knows your name" conjured up thoughts of a relaxed, convivial environment - a home-away-from-home haven where the bartender knew what drink you were going to order, where you were going to sit and which days you were likely to visit.
WHY SA'S CLASS OF 2017 SHOULD CONSIDER A CAREER IN HOSPITALITY
The future prospects for South Africa's class of 2017 become an even more relevant discussion with the release of the matric results. The tourism and hospitality industries are largely labour intensive, as indicated by the UN World Tourism Organization, and the job creation potential of these sectors are often highlighted as a justification for additional investment.