The economy is improving, and recent conditions are reflected in the travel industry. Not only are travelers spending more, but hotels, airlines, and cruise lines are, too, as they look to capitalize on consumers' wanderlust.
Martha Preordain loves to travel, especially to see her daughter compete for her college diving team. On one visit, Preordain decided to mix up her plans, skipping the hotel and opting for an RV instead.
"It just came up in conversation," Preordain said. "We'd never done it, we thought it might be fun."
Travel experts predict RVs will be one of the hottest travel trends in 2013. Travel and Leisure'S Kathryn O'Shea-Evans said today's RVs are nothing like what you may have seen as a kid.
"Super-design, super-mod," she explained. "Comes with HDTVs and Wi-Fi, and is gorgeous inside and out."
Another travel trend predicted for the new year: theme cruises.
"Yoga-the med cruises, jazz-the med cruises," O'Shea-Evans said. "Golf cruises, so golfers can get on board and then go to different islands and enjoy teeing-off in different locations."
Ever heard of pop-up hotels? O'Shea-Evans said they're getting bigger and more popular.
"I think hotel brands have been seeing certain locations are only good certain times of the year," she said. "So they're putting dollars behinds these month-long hotel operations, where they just pop up and you go and enjoy it, and then they take it all down and it's gone."
Green travel will continue to be popular in 2013, with more cities boasting hybrid taxis, as well as sustainable travel, with airlines and airports using special fuel and lighting.
Another up-and-coming trend could be some futuristic help.
"One thing I'm seeing in a lot of airports is these hologram attendants," O'Shea-Evans said. "Where you can go up and ask about your gate or where the restroom is."
Something travelers are turning away from, though, is reliance on anonymous online travel reviews. More and more often, travelers want a name to attach to what they read.
As for Preordain, she said she has several flights scheduled in 2013, but no plans to take an RV again anytime soon.
"It was fun," she said. "We had a good time. It was sort of an adventure."