Airbnb, the online room rental service, and Pinterest, a social media site self-described as a ‘Catalogue of Ideas’, have occasionally collaborated in the past to give travelers ideas and opportunities to explore the world. In their latest team-up, the two listed out the most popular holiday destinations in the world right now, and some of the results are pretty surprising. Based on more than 3 billion travel ideas analyzed on Pinterest and 3 million Airbnb listings in around 65,000 cities, a list of the most trending travel destinations was chalked out, showing a nice departure from the usual tourist haunts of the past. Iceland and Scotland, for instance, have seen growing interest among travelers. Budget-friendly travel searches have also risen on Pinterest. Here is a look at the most trending locations, starting from the top. ALSO READ: 10 most bizarre restaurants in the world
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Sharm El Sheikh.
Located at the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula, facing the Red Sea, Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt is a popular resort town famed for its scuba diving and other water activities, like kite-surfing, snorkeling, para-sailing and boating. The warm and clear waters of the Red Sea are perfect for diving and witnessing the stunning views underwater, with around 250 types of coral reefs and over 1,000 species of fish. Unfortunately, terrorist threats have affected the tourist scene here in the past few years. If you plan to visit this place, fly to Istanbul or Cairo airport and avoid the Sharm El Sheikh airport for security reasons.
Tenerife, Canary Islands
Tenerife, East Coast
If whale-watching is what you want, the island of Tenerife off the coast of West Africa is a great destination that also ranks second in this list. The largest and most populated of the Canary Islands, there is a lot to do here. You can relax by the beach, climb the hills of the island, savor the delicious cuisine and shrimps, take in the sea views, go shopping, play golf, walk through the old town, and much more. There is the third highest volcano in the world, the Siam Park water park, Anaga Rural Park, and more places to explore. You can reach this place from Spain by air or by ferry. The island has two airports and two points for arrival by ferry.
Snow covered Courchevel slope
Part of the world’s largest linked ski area, Les Trois Vallées, Courchevel is a ski resort in the French Alps with more than 100 ski runs. With several moguls along some of the runs, this place is also popular for snowmobiling and snowboarding. In fact, the place is so vast that it is split into four settlements, defined by their altitude. The tallest and most popular of the settlements is Courchevel 1850, with the flashiest restaurants, pubs and hotels on offer. But Courchevel attracts more than just the glamorous; it brings in people from all over the world, seduced by the challenging ski slopes, couloirs and pistes. The resort town lies around two hours away from Lyon and Geneva airports, but the airport of Chambéry is closer by.
When you think of a Scot, you would probably imagine Sean Connery in a kilt. And when you think of a Scottish landscape, you would picture the historic Highlands. The Place of the Gaels is dominated by mountains with a relatively scant population, covered almost perpetually by dark clouds. The immense landscape is home to a wonderful mix of architecture, culture and history, not to mention some of the friendliest folk in the world and a fascinating cuisine. Jaw-dropping vistas aside, you can explore the largest National Park in the UK, explore the islands off the coastline, visit Loch and watch dolphins along the Moray Coast.
Aurora at Reykjavik, Iceland
The northernmost capital city in the world, Reykjavik is a modern traveler’s dream, with its rugged landscape, unique culture and amazing adventure options. The city itself is a great place to explore, especially if you want to know more and experience the culture of Iceland and its arts, music and nightlife. And its relatively small population means that you are never overwhelmed by crowds while you go out. The Austurvöllur square and the shops and cafes at Laugavegur are common hot spots in the city. Street musicians and performance artists can be found outside, along with incredible street art and murals.
Wooden bridge in the autumn park, Kyoto
Located in the island of Honshu, Kyoto was once the capital of Imperial Japan and its culture today still harks back to the centuries past. The ancient buildings and incredibly beautiful cherry blossom trees indicate Japan’s heritage, but the city also has a youthful energy thanks to a number of world-class universities. Kyoto has a lot to offer, from Japanese food of all kinds to more than 1,000 Buddhist temples. The Golden Pavilion, Shintō shrines and gardens of the temple precincts are where you should go to explore the history of Kyoto. For a cultural experience, explore the ancient streets of Nishijin and Gion and visit the ancient speciality shops at the shōtengai market street.
Bora Bora, Polynesia
The island of Bora Bora is probably a familiar name for most travelers. It is among the most popular of the South Pacific islands and is the crown jewel of French Polynesia. The place is often considered a romantic getaway, and many flock to the island every year for some days in in paradise, with their own private oasis. The island lies a little north of Tahiti and you can reach this island by plane from Papeete. The journey takes less than an hour. The airport lies in Motu Mete, and the flight itself is mesmerizing, giving you an incredible view of Mount Otemanu on your approach.
New York City, US
New York City
New York, New York! What is there about this modern, bustling metropolis that has not been said. While this is certainly not a relaxing destination, NYC offers plenty of incredible experiences to the intrepid traveler. Skip the Times Square beat and instead visit the less explored parts of the city, like the City Hall subway station, 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center and the illusive Burger Joint at the Parker Meridien hotel. Or maybe you should spend some time in the middle of Times Square. ALSO READ: Top 10 airlines in the world for 2017 by TripAdvisor
Lying in the Aegean Sea, the island of Santorini’s pristine, shining white and blue structures overlooking the vast sea would be a familiar sight for many. The island has been the setting for several films and romantic songs, and it is still considered a honeymoon destination for many. Part of the Cyclades islands, Santorini is actually part of an active volcano with its crater in the sea, last erupting more than 3,500 years ago. The last volcanic activity that happened on the island was in 1950, and you ca find several geological forms and structures not found in most of the world right here. You can reach the island by flight from Athens within around 45 minutes.
Finally, coming in at number ten is Barcelona, the sea-facing city brimming with culture and energy. Barcelona offers splendid beaches that gently caress the Mediterranean sea. You can dip into the water or go cruising through it. The Collserola Hills on the other end of the city offers the perfect setting for trekking. And there is the hilltop Montjuïc, where you can explore the sculpture and botanical gardens. Barcelona is also full of ancient architecture, museums and beautiful views of the hills and sea. NOW READ: Top 17 places to visit in the world in 2017
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