What makes a great nostalgia vacation?

A new report has suggested that Australian holidaymakers should be persuaded to holiday at home using a sense of 'nostalgia'.

travel Updated: Mar 27, 2012 12:49 IST

A new report has suggested that Australian holidaymakers should be persuaded to holiday at home using a sense of 'nostalgia'. 

The report from market research firm TNS Domesticate suggested that Australians are searching for a sense of 'security and certainty' as the world's financial crisis rumbles on, a gap which could be filled by new tourism experiences designed to offer a comfort blanket -- in the form of travel.

"A lot of nostalgic things are coming back in," the firm's Jo Farquhar noted.

"You can see it in advertising like the 'Solo Man' and various other icon things being brought back and this link to nostalgia and people thinking back to when they were younger is beneficial for travel to tap into."

Although TNS Domesticate was speaking for an Australian audience, this desire to hark back to the good old days -- when things were basic, sustainable and efficient -- is driving new tourism developments around the world. Here, a look at some of the things travelers should aim for when planning a nostalgic break.

Trains (preferably luxury)
Luxury train travel has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of this trend, with new routes popping up alongside hugely popular classics such as the Orient Express, which launched new Renaissance art packages this year.

Simple accommodation
So too has the humble camping ground -- even if one discounts the current obsession with 'glamping' (glamourous camping), vacationers are heading back to the great outdoors at an impressive pace, and membership of the British Camping and Caravanning Club rose by an all-time high of nearly 60,000 in 2010.

Even vintage caravans are hitting it big, with Vintage Vacations in the UK and California's Big Sur Getaway winning rave reviews from travelers and the media for their blend of peaceful simplicity and retro styling.

A tour of bygone years
The Back in the Day walk, in London, takes visitors on a whirlwind tour of Soho in its heyday, visiting the locations which made the area famous in the swinging sixties .

In Paris, where walking is less fashionable, similar tours are offered from the comfort of a retro Citroen 2CV.

Frugal shopping
Shopping at flea markets, visiting local and organic fruit stalls or picking up some nostalgic homemade candy could all be part of the vintage holiday experience too, with reports suggesting that all three are seeing a revival in the face of tightened family budgets.

If, after all that, you're itching to get away for a vacation that brings you closer to years gone by, don't forget you'll need to look the part too. Fortunately, even vintage luggage is making a comeback, in the form of new ranges from the likes of SteamLine Luggage, widely praised for its steamer-trunk inspired designs.

First Published: Mar 27, 2012 12:49 IST