Each year, various media sources release lists predicting the next batch of hot travel destinations for the coming year. Based on activity from the previous years, media buzz and other factors, there tends to be a trend to predict where people are going to be traveling, and where they are going to want to stay.
Now that Airbnb has gained a huge market share of the hospitality industry, it’s only fitting that they come out with their own insights into the coming year’s travel trends. These are the top five destinations as named by Airbnb.
1. Kaikoura, New Zealand
After facing extensive damage from an earthquake in 2016, Kaikoura is making a grand comeback. Airbnb reports a 295 percent increase in bookings over the last two years. The coastal town is also rich is history, and draw particular interest from those interested in seeing the impressive sperm whale population.
2. Xiamen, China
Xiamen is described as a romantic city on the coastline, surrounded by islands. One of the close islands, Gulangyu is now a quaint, car free island with beautiful beaches.
3. Puebla, Mexico
Puebla is a scenic two hour drive from Mexico City, and offers the culture-rich experience of a Mexican vacation, without the chaos of the city. Puebla is filled with colonial art and architecture, as well as a vibrant culinary scene.
4. Normandy, France
With 2019 being the 75-year anniversary of the D-Day landings, it’s no surprise that this is going to be a popular destination for history buffs, as well as descendants of the brave WWII soldiers. Airbnb has seen a 229 percent increase in interest in Normandy, which is only a two-hour train ride from romantic Paris.
5. Great Smoky Mountains
This is the home of America’s most visited national park. The Great Smoky Mountains are in a central location between Tennessee and North Carolina, attracting visitors from all over the country. Two of the mountains’ most iconic trails are opening this year after being shutdown from wildfires two years ago.