Lonely Planet Writer

Stop waiting, start planning: data compiled by online operators reveals top 10 trending destinations

If you’re dreaming of your next holiday, it’s time to stop waiting and start planning, as more travellers are scouring Pinterest for inspiration and Airbnb for a place to stay.

Bora Bora is known for its cabins over water.
An overwater bungalow in Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Image by ©TriggerPhoto/Getty Images

With a 37% increase in searches for travel destinations on Pinterest since last year, the two sites have teamed up to help travellers plan their next vacation. Airbnb looked at its data to find the top trending destinations that people are saving on Pinterest – and some of the homes that are available there.

Naturally, while many people are also looking to Pinterest to find somewhere beautiful to visit, most are also looking for somewhere affordable. The site says that searches for travel on a budget are up 500%. While the start of summer has many people dreaming of a beach vacation, it turns out that many people are not actually seeking out the sun so much as “cold-but-green” destinations like Iceland and Scotland.

These are the top trending travel destinations on Pinterest, paired with Airbnb homes that travellers can stay in.

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Holiday destination Sharm el Sheik is a trending destination.
Sharm el Sheik in Egypt is one of the top trending travel destinations, according to Pinterest and Airbnb. Image by Airbnb

Sharm el-Sheikh is a popular destination for travellers looking to enjoy some scuba-diving or snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of the Egyptian coast.

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Relax in an Airbnb in the Canaries.
The Canary Islands are one of the top trending travel destinations, according to Pinterest and Airbnb. Image by Airbnb

Tenerife is already a go-to vacation spot for many Europeans, as the resort-filled Spanish island off the west coast of Africa is popular for people looking for a sun holiday.

Courchevel, France

See inside an Airbnb in Courchevel, France.
Courchevel, France is one of the top trending travel destinations, according to Pinterest and Airbnb. Image by Airbnb

Courchevel is a ski resort area in the French Alps. Naturally, those dreaming of a ski vacation often put it high on their bucket-list, but there are a number of summertime activities available in the region, like climbing, mountain biking and rafting.

Scottish Highlands

Enjoy the beauty of the Scottish Highlands in an Airbnb.
The Scottish Highlands are one of the top trending travel destinations, according to Pinterest and Airbnb. Image by Airbnb

The hills, glens and mountains of the Scottish Highlands attract plenty of eager hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. But the spot is also popular for travellers who like to spend their holidays enjoying the finer things, like fresh seafood and a nice glass of whisky.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Get comfortable in Reykjavik in an Airbnb.
Reykjavik is one of the top trending travel destinations, according to Pinterest and Airbnb. Image by Airbnb

Reykjavik has become one of the most dreamed about destinations around the world, as the Icelandic capital serves as a base for travellers eager to explore the country’s incredible landscapes. Two Icelandic airlines – WOW Air and Icelandair – offer incentives for travellers to pass through the country on their way to Europe, meaning more and more people are adding the spot as another stop on their way between North America and Europe.

Kyoto, Japan

See an Airbnb in Kyoto, Japan.
Kyoto, Japan is one of the top trending travel destinations, according to Pinterest and Airbnb. Image by Airbnb

Kyoto continues to attract visitors who want to enjoy its amazing temples and shrines – as there are around 1,000 temples in the region and enough to keep travellers busy for an entire trip. But beyond history and architecture, the area also boasts some incredible nature, like the famous Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.

Bora Bora, Polynesia

If you're heading to Bora Bora, check out this Airbnb.
Bora Bora is one of the top trending travel destinations, according to Pinterest and Airbnb. Image by Airbnb

The gorgeous overwater bungalows perched atop crystal clear waters that are spread around Bora Bora are what many people envision when they think “vacation”. The spot is popular among honeymooners, for obvious reasons, but there are a number of other places beyond the beach to explore.

New York City, NY

See inside a New York Airbnb.
New York is one of the top trending travel destinations, according to Pinterest and Airbnb. Image by Airbnb

The city that never sleeps is an obvious choice for many travellers, as New York offers an endless supply of art, music, culture and food to entertain visitors of any taste.

Santorini, Greece

A luxurious Airbnb in Santorini.
Santorini is one of the top trending travel destinations, according to Pinterest and Airbnb. Image by Airbnb

Santorini, with its blue-domed villages, is a dream destination for many travellers eager for a Greek vacation. Its location next to the Aegean makes it popular for those looking to enjoy the water and relax.

Barcelona, Spain

Visit Barcelona in an Airbnb.
Barcelona is one of the top trending travel destinations, according to Pinterest and Airbnb. Image by Airbnb

While Barcelona mulls ways to limit the number of tourists eager to visit the city, travellers from around the world continue to be lured by the promise of warm weather, amazing architecture and the unique Catalan culture.