Is the year of 'Revenge Travel' here? Dream holiday bookings surge this January

Revenge Travel and the January Blues are creating a reimagined sense of wanderlust and driving a surge in 2023 bucket-list getaways, as VistaJet clients hurry to plan trips of a lifetime to make up for lost time during the pandemic.

VistaJet, the world’s first and only global business aviation company, is experiencing a surge in travel bookings for 2023 as existing and new VistaJet Members evoke a reinvigorated passion for ultimate explorations – with statistics revealing a staggering year-on-year growth for bookings in January. Booking figures for the first half of January 2023 saw an incredible increase of 85% year-on-year, and an increase of 140% compared to 2021.

Through its unique subscription membership model, paying only for the hours they fly, VistaJet Members also have rare access to the world's most incredible experiences as part of the VistaJet Private World portfolio, a collection of the world’s finest accommodations and destinations.

"In January we dream of creating incredible, lifelong memories for the year ahead – New Year’s Resolutions inspiring us to see more, explore more, be bolder and more imaginative. This is driving people to dream big. Our VistaJet Members are yearning to explore corners of the world for moments that enrich their souls."

Matteo Atti, Vista’s Chief Marketing Officer.

Revenge Travel is Driving the Agenda

VistaJet also reports that its Members’ wish to plan new adventures is being heightened by a ‘Revenge Travel’ feel - a term describing the desire to travel better than ever before to make up for time lost during the pandemic.

"It’s time to celebrate our freedom to travel the world and make unimaginable and unforgettable memories. While 2022 was the year in which global travel became possible again, 2023 is the year in which Members are planning incredible getaways with friends, family, or even solo adventures."

Matteo Atti, Vista’s Chief Marketing Officer.

Whilst 2023 is being lined up as a year for increased travel, building on a strong 2022 which saw VistaJet report record growth of 50% in flight revenues, the clientele preferences for individualised and bespoke experiences will see a further shift in 2023 booking patterns. “Following a rush of travel post-pandemic, to reactivate business and relationship links, we now expect clients to be more selective, placing high value on fulfilling experiences that fuel their thirst for fun, knowledge and personal growth in 2023.

VistaJet Private World Guide

Since the launch of Private World in 2020, the VistaJet partnership network has grown more than 10 times, and today it encompasses 695 partners across 50 categories. Whether looking for a solo escape from the city this January or planning a full-blown family holiday for later in the year, what are the best resorts, experiences, and retreats that you can access as a VistaJet Member?

Once in a lifetime encounters with nature

Travel to the heart of the Pantanal, one of the most threatened pristine forests in the southern Amazon, where you can get up close to majestic big cats and support the local jaguar conservation program, Onçafari. Witness them hunting their prey, watch footage from hidden camera traps, drift dive in nearby streams teeming with fish, and canoe down river for a private lunch with the locals

Explore Greenland by superyacht and reach remote wildlife and breath-taking locations in comfort. Regarded as one of the world’s foremost explorer yachts, Planet Nine is the perfect base for the ultimate expedition, with her near-limitless capabilities, including four custom built RIBs for local exploration, and a helipad for her custom helicopter. The itinerary is entirely bespoke to you, from active adventures with heli-skiing and dog sledging, to polar bear spotting and wildlife photography. This once-in-a-lifetime trip will satisfy any avid travellers’ appetite for adventure and untamed wilderness.

A diverse topography bursting with wildlife, Costa Rica is home to an abundance of rare species, immense volcanos and tropical rainforest. From the rich jungle of the Osa Peninsula to the towering volcanic peaks of the Tenorio National Park and soft sand beaches of Papagayo, your time in Costa Rica will be spent exploring the country’s most unique and secluded spots by air, land and sea.

Transformative retreats

Immerse into morning sunrise yoga and meditation on the sand dunes of Kisawa Sanctuary — a luxury island property nestled within 300 hectares of pristine coastal beachfront in Mozambique. A team of dedicated chefs will prepare breakfast under canopy, using fresh, organic produce from the Sanctuary’s wild permaculture garden, overlooking the inland Crocodile Lake. VistaJet Members can continue to enjoy a day of specialized wellness rituals, including a Japanese infra-red sauna and Ayurvedic massage at the dedicated Natural Wellness Center. To give thanks to nature, finish the day with beach “glamping” at Ponta Mustita, enjoying an open fire and lantern-lit shoreline.

The first resort in Bhutan and with five lodges across its central and western valleys, Amankora has been a part of this legendary Buddhist Kingdom for almost 20 years. Dedicated to providing an unparalleled experience of this pristine, year-round destination – one of the happiest places in the world – Amankora’s lodges are each a sanctuary designed to complement its uniquely beautiful setting. Travelling through five distinct valleys, guests can discover the cultural depth of the capital Thimphu, practice archery on the sandy banks of the Mo Chhu River and pause in awe as black-necked cranes soar above Gangtey’s medieval villages.

Explore Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, one of the country’s most important wildlife sanctuaries, and taste the delights of fertile Bumthang Valley. This spiritual journey culminates in a flight back west at Paro’s iconic clifftop Tiger’s Nest. 

The Royal Mansour can be counted amongst the few establishments in the world that defy hotel excellence. Just a few steps away from the famous Jemaa El Fna square beats the heart of the Marrakesh Palace, offering travellers the unique concept of a medina within a medina. Each area has been designed to intuitively take guests on a sensory journey. Take a step into the secret and sumptuous history of one of the most beautiful hotels in the world with sensual delights to discover. 

Born out of a desire to share the Moroccan lifestyle with the world, the Royal Mansour Marrakech plunges travellers into a timeless atmosphere where confidentiality is key. At peace from the buzz of the city through the enchanting décor, the mind is free to wander in this prestigious, perfectionist universe. Protected by the walls of the imperial city and overlooked by the majestic peaks of the Atlas Mountains, the emblematic Marrakesh Palace is at hand to guide you through its exclusive 5-hectare estate. Its medina, restaurants, gardens, 2500 sqm spa, 53 charming riads and outstanding concierge service set a new bar for luxury hotel standards with the classic Royal Mansour style.

Exclusive storytelling journeys and adventures

At a top-secret location in Wyoming, unearth the skeleton of one of the largest dinosaurs: the Diplodocus. Working alongside expert palaeontologists from Naturalis Biodiversity Center, participate in an active dig and help to shape the world's understanding of dinosaurs from the Late Jurassic Period. Staying at a luxury camp, the experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to uncover dinosaur bones that have laid buried for up to 150 million years. 

Walk in the footsteps of master pianist, Frédéric Chopin, as you discover the cities, he called home and how they impacted his musical legacy. Follow his rise to international fame in Paris, to Mallorca, his winter home. In the company of one of his most thrilling contemporary proponents, concert pianist Cyrill Ibrahim, alongside acclaimed historians, gain access to archives rarely accessible to the public, learn about the fine art of piano making, and uncover Chopin’s romance with the novelist, George Sand.  The trip also includes a private recital by Cyrill.

Explore the life and work of one of the greatest artists of all time on a trip like no other. Discover privately the depths of Picasso through several world-class museums, private collections, and places not accessible to the public. See the great artist through the eyes of fellow artists, art collectors, and those who were closest to him — including his family. 

This bespoke three-week trip across France and Spain will give you ultimate access to Picasso’s legacy surrounded by luxury. Spend a week at the sea sailing on a yacht and stay in signature five-star suites in Paris, Antibes, and Madrid. Start in Paris, to delve into the years Picasso lived in the French capital, then venture towards the Mediterranean coastline of his beloved French Riviera. Barcelona will be the next stop, to explore the young Picasso’s blue period, before visiting Malaga and finishing in Madrid. Throughout, incredible gastronomic and leisure experiences will take place, while discovering the secrets of a great of the art world like never before.

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