Airbnb Predicts 2018’s Best Travel Destinations

Major metropolitan cities like Paris, New York and London continue to be mainstays on the list of most-booked cities. Meanwhile, popular vacation spots like Lisbon and the Miami area are on the rise of the most-booked global cities for Airbnb travelers.

Trending Homes:

Beyond the standard urban apartment, non-traditional homes are seeing the largest increases over last year. Nature lodges and ryokans (traditional Japanese inns), are surging the most in bookings, showing that travelers are increasingly drawn to homes that are rustic and unique.

Trending Destinations Highlights:

With the excitement for the 2018 Winter Games, Gangneung, Korea tops the list of trending destinations based on booking increases over last year. By analyzing destinations that have doubled, tripled or more in bookings compared to 2017, Airbnb has noticed a few trends across trending destinations:

In the United States, Midwestern cities like Indianapolis, IN (256%) and Columbus, OH (254%) are seeing some of the strongest growth, driven by booming downtown with new restaurants, nightlife and local arts. Other high-growth destinations include towns offering ample nature lodging in close proximity to popular national parks, such as Whitefish, MT (242%).

In North America, destinations within driving distance of the Canadian Rockies are attracting a growing number of guests. Those include the urban hub of Edmonton (284%), as well as Fernie (179%) and Kelowna (170%) – both mountain towns that feature year-round outdoor activities, from cross-country skiing to fly fishing and wine tasting.
In South America, more travelers are flocking to the oceanside communities along Brazil’s expansive coastline, with at least a dozen Brazilian beach towns doubling in bookings or more. Beyond the big cities of Rio and São Paulo, destinations like Matinhos (209%), Guarapari (205%) and Ubatuba (181%) are drawing travelers to miles of beaches and less urban bustle.

In Asia, trending big cities like Guangzhou (190%) are consistent with high growth overall in China, one of the fastest-growing countries. Neighboring Vietnam, a fast-growing vacation destination for both regional and global travelers, is seeing booking surges in the cities of Hanoi (212%) and Da Nang (255%), which blend waterfronts and centuries-old architecture with cosmopolitan amenities.

In Europe, the highest spikes are in Mediterranean enclaves, led by the Cyprian towns of Paphos (234%) and Gazimagusa (234%), popular for ancient ruins and sparkling rock beaches. Bournemouth (353%), a seaside resort along England’s southern coast, is also seeing the second-highest spike in bookings since last year. An unusually warm microclimate, dramatic seascapes, and a buzzing nightlife of clubs and casinos make Bournemouth a tempting destination this year.

Trending Destinations:

Gangneung, Korea – 2175%
Bournemouth, UK – 353%
Edmonton, Canada – 284%
Indianapolis, IN – 256%
Da Nang, Vietnam – 255%
Columbus, OH – 254%
Gazimagusa, Cyprus – 234%
Bilbao, Spain – 234%
Hanoi, Vietnam – 212%
Matinhos, Brazil – 209%
Cardiff, UK – 206%
Guarapari, Brazil – 205%
Minneapolis, MN – 193%
Oita, Japan – 190%
Dunedin, New Zealand – 185%
Mar del Plata, Argentina – 181%
Fernie, Canada – 179%
Zagreb, Croatia – 175%
Mykonos, Greece – 173%
Mazatlan, Mexico – 169%