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Popular Travel Destinations

According to Airbnb and Pinterest, the most popular travel destinations this year might not be what you think.

Using Pinterest travel ideas and Airbnb listings, this list of destinations was created. Here’s what’s trending, and how you can stay safe traveling.

10. Barcelona, Spain

Spain is a more than safe country to travel to, but like many European countries the biggest risk for travelers may be pickpockets.

Particularly in the metro of big cities. Don’t go out alone at night, and use ATM machines at banks rather than on the sidewalk.

9. Santorini, Greece

A beautiful destination that’s especially appealing for outdoorsy tourists. If you happen to rent a car, be careful – the streets are narrow here.

Be sure to pack for hot weather, and bring sunscreen. If you go hiking, watch out for falling rocks, which can sometimes injure tourists.

8. New York City, US

Ah, the Big Apple! Closer to home for many who would read this blog, nonetheless New York is exotic enough even for U.S. citizens.

If anywhere in the U.S. has pick pockets, it’s New York. Watch out for fake goods from street vendors near Grand Central Station.

Watch out when venturing into neighborhoods like Harlem at night, and always know your transportation options.

7. Bora Bora, Polynesia

Around the streets, flooding can be a huge issue, especially if you’re driving. The waters are beautiful- probably part of the reason you’d come to Bora Bora.

But beware that you might spot sharks. As locals put it, don’t bother them and they’ll leave you alone. But if Jaws is your least favorite movie, this might not be the destination for you.

6. Kyoto, Japan

Japan is an eminently safe travel destination, ranking in the top ten in the global peace index, with a crime well below that of the U.S.

Some tourists occasionally have concerns about radiation, but no worries.

There have been no increases in radiation related health incidents in the past few years, despite concerns over events like Fukushima.

5. Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland is also an incredibly safe country, with a very low crime rate.

What you do have to be careful about is if you decide to engage in any sexual activity: there is a fairly STI rate.

So please act responsibly and protect yourself!

4. Scottish Highlands

Websites like TripAdvisor say that Scotland is an extremely safe country. If there is any fear of violence, fans supporting their team, or, “neds,” can get upset when their team loses.

Otherwise, one travel concern might be the “midges” – they’re insects! They’re safe and won’t cause any health concern, but they can get itchy if they burrow into your skin. So be careful!

3. Courchevel, France

Courchevel is a popular tourist destination for those that like to ski. The usual safety tips that come from traveling to skiing destinations, especially the Alps, apply.

Know how to read your avalanche bulletins, and know when avalanches are most likely: in a period of heavy snow following relatively snowless periods (which prevents the snow from clearing itself out.)

2. Tenerife, Canary Islands

Tenerife is another safe destination. It’s extremely popular with British tourists in particular. The two most common crimes are car theft and petty theft: so once again, watch out for your valuables.

1. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Sharm El Sheikh is a resort destination: renowned for its long stretches of natural beaches. Though direct flights have been banned by some countries, including the UK, many tourists swear by the safety of the area.

Beware: if armed guards make you squeamish, this may not be the place for you. Some tourists believe that the presence of these guards makes the area feel safer. Some countries advise no traveling to this destination except for essential business, so you’ll have to make a gut call.

Those are the trendiest destinations of 2017. Happy traveling!

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