I'm not sure I'd pay $15 to pitch a tent in someone's garden. And I don't plan to use Facebook or LinkedIn to pick my seatmate on a flight to Amsterdam. But I'm high on travel to Cuba after spending two weeks there recently, and Myanmar is also at the top of my list.
What's trending in travel for 2012 may or may not be for you, but it's nice to know the poor economy hasn't dampened the creativity of those whose jobs depend on keeping us moving in new directions.
Here's a look at what's up and coming in the new year:
* Sleeping with the chickens: Garden camping is the latest lodging idea out of Britain. JWT, a New York marketing firm specializing in travel trends, predicts it will catch on in other countries.
Similar to the Airbnb concept of renting out spare rooms to travelers, Camp in My Garden (www.campinmygarden.com) offers visitors the chance to pitch a tent ($7.50-$15 per person) per night in orchards and backyard gardens from Devon to Cornwall. Some of the owners will do your laundry or throw in the evening meal for a little extra.
* For women only: With more women traveling alone, it's not surprising that JWT reports more hotels will be adding floors for women only. The Georgian Court in Vancouver, B.C., has 18 rooms on the 10th floor set aside for female guests, and may add more, says general manager Lisa Jackson. The rooms are popular with business travelers, Jackson reports.
* Room rates: Hotels will experience higher demand than in 2011, and rates will increase, says Clem Bason, of the online ticket seller Hotwire.
* Next destinations: Tour companies are selling out trips to Cuba and Myanmar. Both countries are still led by repressive regimes, but they're easier to visit this year due to political changes in Myanmar and an easing of U.S. government restrictions for Americans going to Cuba.
Agents for Travel Leaders report strong interest in Croatia, Vietnam and Panama. Their top picks among U.S. destinations are Las Vegas, Orlando, Maui, Alaska (by cruise ship) and New York.
* Fares and fees: Expect higher airfares, even if fewer people are flying.
* Social seating: Dutch airline KLM will roll out a "meet and seat" service this year that will let you choose seatmates based on Facebook and LinkedIn profiles.