These Are the 10 Hottest Travel Destinations According to Pinterest and Airbnb
We've all caught the travel bug. Pinterest searches for travel destinations are up 37 percent since December 2016. In response, the social network teamed up with Airbnb to create a curated list of trending destinations around the world. And surprise—it's not just balmy beach vacations people are after. Iceland, Scotland and the French Alps all scored top spots on the list.
From dreamy Santorini to the NYC's bustling streets, these are the 10 most sought-after spots in the world of travel right now.
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Antiquities aren't Egypt's only attraction. Situated on the tip of the Sinai Peninsula overlooking the Red Sea, Sharm El Sheikh is a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkeling thanks to its crystal-clear waters which boast 1000 different species of fish and 250 different coral reefs.
Stay: The Beach House Dahab
Tenerife, Canary Islands
There's something for everyone in Tenerife, the largest and most populated of the seven Canary Islands. A hot spot for European tourists, the Spanish island allows visitors to kick back on the beach, stroll along historic cobblestone streets, scale Spain's highest peak and indulge in fresh locale fare seaside. Have you booked your ticket yet?
Renowned for its fresh powder, amazing terrain, stunning woodland setting and charming town, Courchevel is a must for snow sports enthusiasts and those who only tagged along for lounging by the fire and après ski. While winter is the area's busiest time of year, there are plenty of summer activities to keep visitors busy too—biking, golf, hiking and picnicking alongside Lake Rosière.
Could this sudden surge in interest be related to Outlander's sweeping success? Maybe. Or maybe it's the undeniable appeal of quaint countryside cottages, breathtaking vistas and fine Scottish whisky. Either way, the Highlands are most definitely worth a visit.
Characterized by active volcanoes, bright green valleys, glacier-cut fjords, black sand beaches and roaring rivers, Iceland's dramatic landscape has made it one of the most sought-after destinations in the world. While the country's natural gems lay outside the capital city, Reykjavik provides the perfect home base for your northerly escape and boasts plenty of must-see—and must-eat—spots of its own. A visit to Iceland in the summer is the perfect time to go puffin-spotting in the Westman Islands, hit up the Folk Music Festival in Siglufjörður or take advantage of the midnight sun with a late-night soak in the hot springs. Sounds dreamy, right?
Flashy Tokyo is a must-see, but for a taste of Japan's history, head straight to Kyoto. The city is synonymous with classical architecture, ancient temples and shrines (there are 2,000 of them!), traditional tea ceremonies and serene bamboo forests. But beyond the historic city boasts a modern side too—it's the birthplace of Nintendo, after all.
Bora Bora, Polynesia
Lush palm trees, vibrant turquoise lagoons and white sandy beaches—it's hard to find fault with this far-flung island. Between activities like paddleboarding, snorkeling, sailing and relaxing on the beach, the sunny French island is the perfect place to unplug.
New York City, NY
Art, culture, amazing food and an endless supply of entertainment—is there anything the Big Apple can't do?
This serene spot is jam-packed with Insta pic potential with its quaint cliffside villages dotted with charming blue-domed buildings, romantic sunsets and jaw-dropping scenery. When you're not hitting the beach, you can stroll along the caldera edge, sip crisp Greek wines at a local vineyard or visit Akrotiri, an ancient Minoan city destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1613 BC.
Stay: Arbor House
Good vibes—and nonstop nightlife—are abundant in this coastal Spanish city, making it a must-visit on many a traveler's bucket list. The coastal city is renowned for its art and architecture, with the iconic Sagrada Família at the heart of it all. Whether you're lured by the Catalan culture or the promise of sunshine and balmy temps, a trip to Barcelona checks all the boxes and then some.