WHERE TO TRAVEL IN 2018: TRAVEL TRENDS
With a new year comes new adventures. Where will 2018 take you?
According to booking data at Airbnb, some new destinations are rising in popularity this year. Here are the hot spots people are traveling to in 2018 and why:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Indianapolis is first known for fast cars and blockbuster events, but travelers are also flocking here for its flourishing culinary and brewery scene. Enjoy the cool neighborhoods and warm midwestern hospitality.
Whitefish, Montana, USA
A popular ski town and outdoor recreation area, Whitefish is also a short drive to Glacier National Park. The charming town has plentiful attractions, cozy coffee houses, and a variety of restaurants and accommodations to enjoy.
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Sitting on Okanagan Lake in a valley ripe with wineries, Kelowna offers the best of urban and rural life. The waterfront downtown boasts beaches, water sports, bike trails, and trendy eateries. Breweries, wineries, distilleries, orchards, hiking, and plentiful outdoor adventures are all close by.
The site of the 2018 Winter Olympics is inevitably drawing visitors to seaside Gangneung, Korea. This area is known for its distinct culture, outdoor sports, and beaches with beautiful sunsets.
Guangzhou is one of southern China's largest cities, recently "spruced up" with clean streets, attractive lighting, reduced smog and a much improved transportation system. Available attractions include new and modern, like theme parks and sky scrapers, as well as old and historic, like temples and museums.
Da Nang, Vietnam
Located on the coast of central Vietnam, Da Nang is a city with new resorts popping up along its beautiful beaches. It's also just a short ways from the charming UNESCO World Heritage ancient town of Hoi An and is home to the stunning Marble Mountains.
Enjoy the warm Mediterranean marina and intriguing archeological sites in Paphos. With a new coastal promenade and updates to the commercial zone, tourists have even more reasons to come visit ancient ruins and admire the natural beauty of the island.
Clifftop coastal views, sandy beaches, and a climate that stays warmer than the rest of the UK are attractive advantages of visiting Bournemouth. This family-friendly destination also offers shopping, theme park, plentiful parks and gardens, spas, and other resort town amenities.
- Michelle Chang