Airbnb Lists Top 20 Places to Visit in 2020

We’re coming up on the new year, and that means finalizing plans like where you’ll be vacationing in 2020. Airbnb took a look at their booking data and came up with a list of the top 20 destinations that you should consider visiting.

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Airbnb’s list reflects booking data gathered internally based on bookings made for 2020 versus those made for 2019. What they found is that there seems to be “growing interest in lesser known and eco-conscious cities and countries across the world.” That means that “post-industrial culture hubs like Milwuakee and Guadalajara” are seeing a surge in bookings. But that doesn’t mean that areas that are seeing increased sustainable tourism are lagging behind. What it does mean is that there are plenty of surprises on their list.

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Events are also factoring into placement on the list. Many cities and regions are seeing their popularity skyrocket because of things that will be happening in their locale. For instance, the 2020 Mars Exploration Program launching in Cape Canaveral is attracting a lot of attention. Ubatuba, Brazil, is another hot spot thanks to the many surf competitions that will be happening there. The top position on the list, held by Milwaukee, WI, with a 729 percent increase year over year, is a prime example. With the Democratic national Convention happening there, many people are planning on visiting the city. The ICC T20 World Cup will be attracting plenty of people to Victoria, Australia, in 2020, boosting Sunbury’s ranking to the number four spot.

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The list still holds plenty of locations that are visited for their historic sites. Buriram, Thailand, comes in third on the list with its Khmer relics, such as the Phanom Rung complex. The terracotta warriors of Xi’an, China, continue to bring in people to “China’s outdoor museum.” Fans of castles are planning trips to Luxembourg and Aberdeen, Scotland.

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From forests and jungles to urban sprawl, the list has plenty of options to suit any traveler’s wish list—and Airbnb is ready to reserve you a place to stay in each.

Here is Airbnb’s list of 20 trending destinations for 2020 based on year-over-year growth in bookings:

  1. Milwaukee, WI, US
  2. Bilbao, Spain
  3. Buriram, Thailand
  4. Sunbury, Victoria, Australia
  5. Romania
  6. Xi’an, China
  7. Eugene, OR, US
  8. Luxembourg
  9. Guadalajara, Mexico
  10. Vanuatu
  11. Cali, Colombia
  12. Cape Canaveral, FL, US
  13. Aberdeen, Scotland
  14. Courtenay, BC, Canada
  15. Ubatuba, Brazil
  16. Les Contamines-Montjoie, France
  17. Tokyo, Japan
  18. Kerala, India
  19. Malindi, Kenya
  20. Maastricht, Netherlands

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