Many tourists like to go to places where practically everyone else has been or destinations where they themselves have visited before. That is why the big trends in travel destinations change very slowly. Nonetheless, looking at the UNWTO tourism statistics for 2017, many travelers are also quick to change their destinations when they have a good reason for it. In 2017, the Mediterranean region, especially South Europe and North Africa, was the big winner in international tourist arrivals.
The simple thrill of getting onboard of a large cruise ship and enjoying the food and entertainment during the trip is not enough for all passengers. As competition is driving cruise companies to invent more exciting activities during the hours on the sea, passengers may choose if they want to race go-karts, take a dive in a submarine, or shoot travel partners with infrared guns.
In 2017, the hottest travel destination was Portugal. It won so many travel awards that by now, everyone should know it is an exciting destination (if it is a new destination for you, download a travel guide to Algarve, Portugal’s south coast). The hot travel destinations for 2018 that are trending in social media are located in Europe, America, and in some exotic locations across the world.
Places like Nice, Monaco, Cannes and St Tropez may bring images of celebrities to the mind, but what really makes the French Riviera an attractive travel destination is its rich cultural heritage and fabulous sceneries.