If you’re looking for some winter sun or already planning your next summer holiday, you might find some inspiration from Airbnb’s predictions of the 19 most popular travel destinations for 2019.
There’s a location to suit everyone’s tastes, with experiences ranging from whale-watching in New Zealand, hiking the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, learning the beer brewing history of Brazil, and enjoying the lively nightlife in Batumi, Georgia.
Topping the list is Kaikoura in New Zealand, which was heavily damaged by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 2016. Airbnb says the coastal town has had the biggest increase in bookings and search on its list.
In second place is Xiamen in China, which is home to Kulangsu, a pedestrian-only, vehicle-free island just off the coast. Puebla in Mexico came third, described as a “unique alternative to the typical Mexican beach vacation and trip to the capital city”.
Airbnb’s list is based on a combination of search, booking and wish list data used to forecast the hot spots around the world. According to the site, our choice in travel destinations has become increasingly socially-conscious. Places to look out for that benefit residents as much as locals include: helping rebuild communities damaged by natural disasters in Kaikoura; supporting environmental sustainability in Calabria, Italy, by enjoying their national parks; and paying a visit to one of UNESCO’S World Heritage Sites in Samarkand in Uzbekistan to experience the Islamic architecture.
Other lust-worthy destinations on the list include Accra in Ghana, which has colourful Makola Markets and an exotic nightlife on the Labadi and Kokrobite beaches; and Japan’s Bhuddist grounds in Wakayama Prefecture, where you can enjoy meditation sessions, temple services, and vegetarian cuisine.
The city of Tandil in Buenos Aires is named one of Airbnb’s most hospitable cities (measured by the number of superhosts with 5-star reviews) for the second year running. You can enjoy their bustling craft markets, string of beaches and forests, before making your way back to your temporary humble abode.
Airbnb’s full list of top destinations to travel to next year:
Kaikoura, New Zealand
Great Smoky Mountains, US
Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Wakayama Prefecture, Japan
Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley, US
Santa Catarina State, Brazil