Keep one eye on Japan: as the home of animation, comic books, and many video games, Japan is a place loud-and-proud nerds are eager to dive into. A stroll at the fashionable streets of Harajuku is enough to satisfy the stylish, and for those feeling more traditional, how about wearing a national costume while strolling around the majestic temples? Other places to go: the high-end city of Singapore, the brightly-lit city of Dubai, and the best sun-kissed beaches of Spain.
The unusual routes
No buddies up for coming along? No problem. Solo trips are getting more and more popular as travel trends on Instagram – and without anyone raising an eyebrow. Thanks to the #MeToo movement, more and more women are overcoming fears or others’ prejudices and getting into solo traveling, taking part in activities alone, regardless of sex, including hiking, diving, kayaking and backpacking. Providers will lead you to the evergreen scapes of New Zealand, which is the home of many secret havens, or kayaking around Central America. The more personalized a trip is, the better. Ditch those travel itineraries made for others and decide on a wanderlust experience of your own! For a few more handy tips on traveling alone, hit up some of these bloggers’ sites.
Responsible-tourism is stronger than ever, thanks to the advent of sustainable living campaigns and a growing love of nature. New waves of tourists, instead of visiting high-end districts for pleasure, are now diving into small communities to immerse themselves in the locals’ way of life. They see this as a more authentic way to travel. Instagram posts are less about the picture, and more concerned with the stories behind it – and stories come from a rich, enjoyable experience that rings deep. Choosing locally owned accommodation comes as a part of this, instead of a distant B&B. Looking into local producers and community markets means having a taste of the country’s genuine cuisines.