It seems with every new year there’s a new hot spot we want to visit. From a hidden Thai island to the Indonesian beaches touted to rival those of Bali, there’s always somewhere new to travel to. But travel trends extend far beyond the destinations we’re all coveting. In fact, they can reach to everything from how we travel (eco consciously, it seems) to what kind of tours we take when we get there (on bikes and buses, in 2019). Now that the new year's in full swing, Pinterest has done the good work and predicted what we’ll be wanting in 2019. Using data from its users this year, the sharing platform has come up with ten travel trends to watch in the new year — and the results might surprise you.
1. Off map
Travellers are turning away from the well trodden track, opting instead for off-map locations, with searches of less-travelled islands up 179 per cent.
2. Autumn leaves
Summer might be good for swimming and winter skiing, but in between season travel is picking up, with searches for autumn scenery up 94 per cent.
3. Get on your bike!
Bike tours are growing in popularity, up 64 per cent. Considering they're good for your health and can cover more ground than a traditional walking tour, we’re on board!
4. Rio’s magic
Sun, surf and a booming food scene, there’s a reason why travellers are flocking to Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, which has seen a 142 per cent increase in searches.
5. Spring waters
Move over, regular old springs, hot springs are set to be all the rage in 2019. Searches are up 32 per cent, meaning there’s still time to get in now before they become overrun with tourists — but it’s probably still best to skip Blue Lagoon in Iceland if you’re not up the crowds.
6. Bus travel
Thrifty travellers might be getting the best experience when opting for the bus, as sometimes the best sights are seen out the window — not cramped on a plane.
7. Ancient ruins
Instead of flocking to famous, restored castles, Pinners are seeking out abandoned castles (up 142 per cent) in order to get their off the beaten track experience. Just be warned, the ceilings might be impressive and ornate, but watch your step — those floors can be dangerous!
8. Leave nothing behind
Searches for zero waste travel are up 74 per cent, proving travellers are becoming more environmentally conscious when travelling, looking into everything from their preferred transport option to the hotel they choose once they arrive.
9. Out of the city
Maybe it’s our love of all things nostalgic, but travellers are heading to small towns and low-key B&Bs more than ever, with searches for small town travel up a huge 274 per cent. Affordable and relaxing — what more could you want!
It might not be for everyone, but searches for surprise destinations are up 192 per cent — so grab a group and get ready to surprise!
Text by Francesca Wallace, Vogue Australia