Top travel trends for 2013

Some unusual options now gaining in popularity

Published On: Feb 18 2013 10:23:30 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 19 2013 06:20:00 AM EST

It looks like travelers are spending more these days and so are hotels, air lines and cruise lines.  And some unusual traveling options are gaining in popularity this year.

Martha Riordan loves to travel, especially to see her college daughter compete for her diving team.  On one visit to campus, she decided to mix up her plans, skipping the hotel and opting for an RV instead.

“It just came up in conversation.  We’d never done it.  We thought it might be fun,” said Riordan.

Riordan joined what travel experts predict will be one of the hottest trends in 2013.  And Travel + Leisure's Kathryn O'Shea-Evans stresses these aren't your daddy's campers.  Expect RVs to be totally tricked out these days.

“Super-designy, super-mod, comes with HDTVs and Wi-Fi, and is gorgeous inside and out,” explained O'Shea-Evans.

Another hot travel trend predicted this year: theme cruises.

“Yoga themed cruises, jazz themed cruises, golf, so that golf cruises so golfers can get on board and then go to different islands and enjoy teeing off in different locations,” said O'Shea-Evans.

And get ready for pop-up hotels.  O'Shea-Evans says they're getting bigger and more influential.

“I think hotel brands have been seeing certain locations are only good certain times of the year so they’re putting dollars behind 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, it’s gone," she said.

Green travel is staying hot in 2013.

“Hybrid taxis are popping up in cities around the globe.  New York has hybrid taxis, um Paris,” added O’Shea-Evans.

So will sustainable travel, with airlines and airports using special fuel and lighting.  And brace yourself for futuristic tech help.

“One thing I’m seeing in a lot of airports is these hologram attendants where you can go up and ask about your gate or where the restroom is,” said O’Shea-Evans.

Riordan has several flights planned for 2013.  She's not sure she'll be rolling with the RV again anytime soon, though she doesn't rule it out.

“It was fun.  We had a good time. It was sort of an adventure,” she said.

By the way, something on the way out, when it comes to travel, is reliance on anonymous travel reviews.  More and more travelers are looking for a name to go with reviews they read online.