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Airbnb’s Top 5 Places To Travel To This Year

The holiday season is right around the corner and as it approaches you and your family are probably gearing up for a month of family gatherings, holiday shopping, and the annual office Christmas party. When all is said and done though, where will you go to unwind and relax during your actual holiday break? Christmas time/December in general is one of the most popular times to travel, and as it gets closer and closer, more people are trying to book their holiday getaways. According to Airbnb, the best time to book a flight or make travel plans for the holidays is September and October, that’s when flights are typically going to be cheaper if you’re “last minute” booking something. However in order to book a flight you need a destination, so where are your travels going to take you this year? Airbnb also just released their top trending travel destinations for December, and for 2020 in general. All of these locations are meant to be underrated destinations that will help you ring in the new year with a slew of new and surprising experiences. Here are their top 5 choices of future travel destinations for you.

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5. ROMANIA   Airbnb reported a 298% increase in year to year booking for this Eastern European paradise. A trend that you’ll notice with the top locations for travel is that all of them offer some sort of eco-friendly element. This was a major factor in the decision making process when compiling this list, as travel in general can really hurt the planet, however, depending on the means of travel and how you spend your time in these special places, your carbon footprint on the planet should remain relatively low on these getaways. Romania ranks number 15 of places in the entire world with a vital ecosystem. There’s plenty of landscapes encompassing vast hills, rural villages, traditional details and classic architecture. It’s the perfect “off the beaten path” getaway.

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4. SUNBURY, AUSTRALIA  Sunbury is like Melbourne’s cute country side sister, in fact the two cities are only 20 miles from each other. The city saw a 356% year-over-year increase in bookings, according to Airbnb, part of that increase is due to an increase in interest in cricket, the sport that is. More and more tourists look for traditional values in the places they visit, and what’s more traditional than going to the birthplace of one of the biggest cricket trophy competitions in the world, The Ashes. The Ashes is the name of a series of cricket matches between England and Australia and if you follow the sport, you know that that’s one of the biggest rivalries in the sports history.

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3. BURIRAM, THAILAND – Buriram is the spot for any history buffs looking for a new journey. The city is 200 miles from Bangkok, and contains some of the most well-preserved and treasured relics and artifacts from the Khmer empire of Southeast Asia. The Khmer empire embraced major aspects of both Hinduism and Buddhism, making the city one of the best places for ancient representations of what those religions were like when they first originated. The city has seen a 383% year-over-year increase in bookings, according to Airbnb, and has become a hot-spot for sporting events. It has begun hosting many MotoGP racing events and has announced the beginning of a country wide marathon that will begin taking place in the city. So if you’re really into sports, history, religious relics, rich ancient Thailand culture, or all of the above, Buriram should definitely be on your radar.

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2. BILBAO, SPAIN – In 2018, Bilbao won the European City of the Year award, and if you were to visit you’d know why. The city is known for it’s exuberant colors, and thriving art community/cultural values. The famous Bilbao Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry, brought major media attention to the city back in 1997 when the museum opened, and ever since the city has been known as a hub of thriving European culture and art. “Next year, Bilbao will also become a top destination for sports fans: it’s one of the host cities of Europe’s most beloved soccer competition” called Athletic Bilbao, according to writers for Airbnb. This city in particular has seen a 402% increase in year over year bookings.

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1. MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – Milwaukee reigns in at the number one spot with a whopping 729% year over year increase in bookings. The city was recently listed as one of the most underrated travel spots, and with good reason. The city is a historical hub of American culture, and also has some of the hottest bar and restaurant spots in the country. Milwaukee is also known for its beer and cheese, can you get anymore American?The urban areas of this town are cosmopolitan and sophisticated, but the roots that make this classic American town so great remain strong.

For the Top 20 list of Airbnb’s travel destinations, Airbnb.