When it snows in Los Angeles, you know it’s time to book a warm-weather getaway, but his spring, you won’t find us retreating from the cold in Key West or the Bahamas. Faraway oases, unexplored cities, and off-the-radar beaches are just a few locales turning up the heat on this season’s Airbnb trending travel list.
According to a new report that analyzes the percentage growth in bookings from last year, travelers are abandoning quintessential beach locales for slower-paced environments that can deliver authentic experiences without skimping on sunrays. Anyone who is prone to the intense feelings of wanderlust that ensue after an afternoon-long search on Airbnb will see why this season’s trending destinations are taking the place of traditional hot spots.
Here’s a full peek at the top 10 locales leading the way.
- Monterrey, Mexico
- Carolina, Puerto Rico
- Santos, Brazil
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Dapa, Philippines
- St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
- Vladivostok, Russia
- Williams, Arizona
- Cologne, Germany
- Guadeloupe, Guadeloupe
Rich in culture, history, and food, Monterrey, Mexico, steals the number one must-visit spot this spring with a booking spike of +678%. Adventure seekers who don’t want to deal with the hustle and bustle of Mexico City will find respite in catching the best of Latin American art at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo and joining locals for a climb at Parque La Huasteca. For a quick long weekend getaway, East Coast dwellers are seeking solace in San Juan and Carolina, Puerto Rico.
Globetrotters who are more interested in celebratory festivities than the mangrove lagoons of St. Thomas or the palm-covered isles of Dapa, Philippines, are heading across the Atlantic to Cologne, Germany to take part in the city’s annual Carnival street festival. For those who would rather stay stateside this season, Williams, Arizona, is celebrating the Grand Canyon’s 100-year anniversary as a designated National Park.
Whether you head back to work with a glowing tan or a stock of casual Canyon sunset photos, these under-the-radar destinations are bound to spark envy.
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