These are the 10 trendiest travel destinations for 2019

Planning your next vacation? You’re in luck because American Express Travel revealed the top trending travel destinations for 2019, based on its year-over-year (YOY) proprietary booking data.

  1. Barcelona, Spain
  2. Doha, Qatar
  3. Hamburg, Germany
  4. Marrakech, Morocco
  5. New Zealand
  6. Nassau, Bahamas
  7. Savannah, Georgia, USA
  8. Singapore
  9. Tuscany, Italy
  10. Washington DC, USA

Food, tech, and luxury

According to the new survey by American Express Travel, 68% of consumers say they prefer travel experiences that incorporate a deeper purpose. From voluntourism to learning a new language, to immersing oneself in a culinary cultural moment, travelers are seeking out unique experiences that help them get to know a local culture in new ways.

Travelers are also very interested in food as 79% of respondents look at dining experiences as an essential part of their vacations.  “Authenticity is one of the most talked-about trends in travel, as consumers pivot to traveling like a local,” Hendley said. “As globalization increases through social media and streaming culinary travel shows, consumers are becoming increasingly familiar with different food cultures and they want to experience the local gastronomy scene.”

The other big travel trends next year will be incorporating more technology into travel planning and luxury.  Luxury includes exclusive perks and upgrades in the world’s finest hotels, for an extraordinary vacation.

Nearly 90% of respondents say that free hotel upgrades are considered the most universally useful benefit in aiding with travel.