It turns out a lot of us go to social media for travel inspiration and intel, so it’s no surprise that Pinterest has accrued some interesting insights into travel trends. Pairing up with Airbnb, the two teams have determined which travel destinations are currently trending across the sites. Whilst some results seem like a no-brainer, some of them are quite surprising. How many have you been to? Or, where to next?!

Barcelona, Spain

With a sprawling network of cobbled streets, the imposing Sagrada Família church, and modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona is a picture-perfect destination for travellers. Attractions like Fiesta de la Mercè, Picasso Museum, Barrio Gotico, and Park Guell should be at the top of any visitors list.

Top Travel destinations BARCELONA - Benjamin Voros

Santorini, Greece

It’s no surprise that Santorini has made the list. Instantly recognisable from a single photo, Santorini is attractive to travellers because of its soaring cliffs, volcanic-sand beaches, the largely submerged caldera, and picturesque blue-domed villages.

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New York City, US

Does this surprise anyone? There are a million reasons to love New York City, an epicentre for arts, culture, and innovation. With artistic hubs such as The Met, MoMA and the Guggenheim, the iconic Central Park, 100-year-old deli’s of the Upper West Side, the culture of Chinatown, and the meandering lanes of Greenwich Village, there’s so many reasons why travellers ❤ NY.

Top Trave destinations NEW YORK CITY - Frank Kohntopp

Bora Bora, Polynesia

Bora Bora is really the island of dreams, with a mesmerising palette of cobalt blue, sapphire, and turquoise extending across the ocean. The sand-edged islets and soaring rainforest-capped peaks make this destination a honeymoon favourite.

Top Travel destinations BORA BORA - Snorkelling in Bora Bora's lagoon. Photo by Jean-Bernard Carillet.

Kyoto, Japan

With travel to Japan becoming more accessible than ever, it’s not surprising that Kyoto, a city that fuses history with modernity, makes this list. Temples such a Kiymizu-dera and Kinkaku-ji are impressive to behold, whilst the Shintro shrine, Fushimi Inari-taisha, looks even more beautiful in real life than it does photographed.

Top Travel destinations KYOTO - Andre Benz

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik combines all our favourite things of Iceland – hot springs with almost magical healing properties, the Northern Lights, coastal villages, Viking history, and the beautiful concrete Hallgrimskirkja church.

Top Travel destinations REYKJAVIK - Blue Lagoon spa, Iceland Frank Denney

Scottish Highlands

The picturesque Scottish highlands is a historic, sparsely-populated region of Scotland, dominated by mountain ranges and moors. Places of interest include Balmoral Castle, Fingal’s Cave, Iverness, Smoo Cave in Durness, Loch Ness, and the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Top Travel destinations SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS - George Hiles The Quiraing, Portree

Courchevel, France

Located in Le Trois Vallées, Courchevel is a French Alps ski resort made up of four satellite villages, the most famous of which is Courchevel 1850. Courchevel is renowned for it’s elite patrons (celebrities and royal families alike) who flock to the area for the luxury and beauty that has become synonymous with the region.

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Tenerife, Canary Islands

This warm beach-destination is a favourite for holidaymakers. Skip the big resorts and explore colonial towns La Laguna and La Orotava, celebrate Carnaval de Santa Cruz, or ascend the volcanic peak of Mount Teide. If it wasn’t on your bucket list yet, we bet it is now.

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