When it comes to the top places to search for flight deals, Kayak is usually quite high on budget travelers’ lists, which makes it one of the best sources to collect data on travel trends based on searches. According to Kayak’s annual Hacker Guide, here are the site’s most-searched-for destinations for 2019.
First on the list is Mexico City, which saw a search increase of 73 percent. Travelers flock south of the border for the city’s ever-evolving food scene, warm weather, lively atmosphere and vibrant Latin culture. Guadalajara, Mexico, also made the list at No. 5, with a 43 percent increase in searches.
Bali came in at No. 2, no surprise if you’ve recently chatted with nearly any millennial on the subject of travel. Young professionals love this Asian island for its beautiful beaches, temples and forests, and ample opportunities to relax. It’s also a popular place for co-working and digital nomads.
Also in Asia, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) experienced a 49 percent increase in searches on Kayak, with popular search dates of spring and fall.
Nos. 6, 7 and 8 belong to the European metropolises of Lisbon, Paris and Rome, respectively, fairly surprising considering the amount of tourists that flock to the latter two cities each year. Munich hit No. 10 but not in the overly obvious months of September, October and December. Munich’s array of art galleries and world-class exhibitions are a likely reason for the recent popularity.
European cities were broken up by Maui, Hawai’i, which ranked ninth.
Barcelona has seen a recent influx of craft cocktails bars within the past five years or so, and Sant Antoni seems to be one of the city’s epicenters of such swanky watering holes. Amid the crisscross streets, organic grocery stores and the soon-to-open, recently renovated Sant Antoni market is Bitter, an inconspicuous cocktail bar where there’s more than meets the eye.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Friends and family members of travelers are always looking for the right gift. It’s hard to find something that will surprise a traveler and also be something they use often. Many are trying to look past the typical gifts travelers get, such as notebooks and pens, and looking more toward destination-specific or more unique items. Gift giving can be difficult for some that don’t know what a traveler is looking for or needs, but these three gifts are a great starting point.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.