Thinking of travelling anytime in the near future? While it’s fine to visit world-famous cities and epic monuments, there has been an emerging travel trend that you should look into before booking that flight to Paris: off-the-beaten-path experiences that allows you to fully immerse yourself in culture (and avoid the crowds).
After extracting internal data from users’ searches, bookings, and wish lists, Airbnb just released their list of top travel destinations for the year. Here’s the lowdown: The place that topped the number 1 spot isn’t a heavily crowded city.
Kaikoura, New Zealand is the lucky town that garnered the top spot. With a 295 percent increase in bookings and a 210 percent increase in searches on the platform, this virtually unknown place in the Southern Hemisphere is enjoying being the center of attention. It also helps that you can book a place for only $89 a night.
The town was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake back in 2016 and the damage was immense. Fast forward to a couple of years later, the 3,800-strong coastal municipality has been enjoying a boom with influx of tourists who come and visit. Kaikoura boasts the perfect balance of sea and landscape. Get to know local sea residents like sperm whales, dusky dolphins, and fur seals.
Biking, hiking, kayaking, and swimming are activities for adrenaline junkies. There is a lavender farm for you to spend a relaxing afternoon in. Kaikoura is not without some cute hangout spots that are Instagrammable. Check out the hip pink Mayfair Theater (currently under renovation) for movie aficionados and Poppy’s Handmade Ice-Cream Parlor & Cafe to satisfy your sweet tooth.
It’s perfectly understandable to plan a vacation to the world’s picturesque cities, but it is often the small, quaint destinations that leave a mark in your heart convincing you that one visit isn’t enough.