As 2018 comes to a close, we take a look at the most picked destinations from this year and have made predictions for where everyone will be heading in 2019. This year, many millennials flocked to the Greek island of Mykonos with thanks to many A-listers’ approval as Gigi Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski documented their travels on social media. Meanwhile, solo female travel became more of a thing with many popular spots including Cuba, Sri Lanka, and Portugal. So where are we heading next?
While sightseeing in San Francisco, partying in Cancun, or lounging on the pink sand beach in the Bahamas became popular places to go this year, according to a new trend report from Pinterest, these places may be a thing of the past in 2019. The popular idea-sharing site has recently released its predictions for the top 100 trends for the new year and it seems for the 250 million users, there is one thing that they all have in common when it comes to where they want to travel.
In order to come to its conclusion, Pinterest analyzed trending search terms. This year saw phrases like “abandoned castles,” “small town travel,” and “less traveled islands” came out on top and are expected to continue to rise. The common theme in the 2018 travel report was an adventure, with one of the top-searched phrases being “secret spots.”
Therefore, it seems that all users want is a place that no one knows about, places less traveled, or roads less seen. No longer are we looking to Instagram for advice for the best places to go, as Pinterest reports that searches for “less traveled islands” is up by 179%. Vrångö is a lesser-known travel destination which may become a hit as well as Gugh in Cornwall. Similarly, the search for the best hush-hush holiday destinations is up by 192% according to the global image saving platform.
With the less-traveled islands becoming more popular, it may actually be best to take yourself to a known popular destination for some quiet time in 2019.