India gets what could be its first “party resort” while Spain adds one with a Twitter theme; we look at the newest online travel fads.lifestyle Updated: Aug 12, 2013 17:00 IST
Fads come and go; what is fashionable today may be obsolete tomorrow. But that doesn’t stop people from trying something new. And if you are a travel junkie, the last few months have been buzzing with new trends. We pick five that caught our eye.
Give me a sign
What’s your zodiac sign? If you are a Piscean, then ditch those mountaineering plans in Nepal and head to Venice instead. People belonging to the sun signs are dreamers, romantics and enjoy calm, and Venice is their ideal vacation spot. For Aquarians, who are known for their loyalty and strong personalities, Prague in the Czech Republic is the place to be. Hotels.com is now suggesting destinations that take into account your zodiac sign.
Called the world’s first Twitter-themed hotel, the Sol Wave House in Mallorca, Spain, is trying to create a virtual community through Twitter. Using the hashtag #SocialWave, which is only available from the hotel’s WiFi, guests enter a virtual chatroom where they can interact, chat, share photos and send their best pick-up lines in 140 characters or less. Two Twitter, concierges, have also been hired to answer their guest’s requests.
The hotel provides guests with the ultimate Twitter experience. Using mobile gadgets and smartphones, visitors can request for room service, drinks or even meet other guests by browsing through their profiles. Similarly, the Marriott chain in Australia plans to hire virtual, teen concierges, who will serve as virtual tour guides for their peers, offering travel tips on local activities, restaurants and attractions. Teen guests will also be invited to text, email or connect with the teen concierge on Facebook and Twitter.
Sleep with strangers
Economy travel was just given a shot in the arm with easynest.com. Given that hotels and resorts charge guests per room and night, the website allows solo travellers to shack up with fellow lodgers so that everyone can slash their hotel bill in half. You can also “...make new friends”. Users link their profile with social networking accounts such as Facebook and Twitter for virtual introductions. The more fleshed-out the profile, the more likely guests will send requests. After listing the hotel with the dates and location, fellow users with similar travel itineraries can peruse the site and contact hosts.
India’s party capital, the coastal state of Goa, has just got what the developers call a, party resort. In keeping with the many moods of the party set, the SinQ Beach Club at Candolim, north Goa, is divided into three sections — a nightclub, an open-air lounge area with a discotheque and poolside area with stylish cabanas. The objective is simple: to never let the party stop, night or day. Theme-based events too are expected at the venue through the year. So expect the odd Easter, Holi, Snow- and Foam-themed parties; Silent Noise, Beer Fest, Wine fest, Christmas, Rock concert, Bollywood-, Pre-Independence- and New Year’s Eve parties, among others.
Twitter could be a solo traveller’s best friend. As dependence on social media grows, more and more people are choosing to venture into the unknown with some help from the ever-present and ever-growing virtual community. And that has laid the foundation for a TwiTrip, where you would be guided solely by tips from tweeple. The concept is catching on. For example, @annielogy reveals that she“did a twitter road trip last year. 40 states 2 countries (sic).”