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.
Travel to Africa can be daunting for those unfamiliar with the culture so different from our home. However, it’s also one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences available to travelers. If you’re unsure where to begin, here are the safest countries on the continent to begin with.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
Being stuck in the middle seat on an airplane is hardly anyone’s first choice, but for travelers who aren’t willing to shell out extra bucks to choose their own seat, the middle seat may be randomly assigned to them. However, there are a few ways to make the most of this situation and breeze through the flight with the most comfortable experience possible.
Along Guyana’s Rupununi River, Karanambu Lodge is an oasis of comfort and compassion in a largely wild region undisturbed by commercial tourism. Guyana is a land rich in biodiversity and Karanambu is dedicated to its conservation, operating as both an eco-tourist lodge and a charitable trust devoted to the preservation of the Rupununi, savannah and waters.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.