Travel habits of the year - 2015 review

Time Out Dubai looks back on 2015 to discover the big travel habits and trends, including most popular destinations and types of holiday around the world

Agriturismo
You may not have even heard of it, but the Italian term meaning agricultural-tourism has been one of 2015’s top search terms for “speciality travel”. It involves visiting, staying at and working on farms and has become a hot topic in the home of the Slow Food movement – a group dedicated to the prevention of the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions.

Bali

Indonesia’s golden child of tourism has long been a great escape for beach, surf and yoga bunnies. It was also a round-the-houses nightmare to get to from the UAE until 2015, when Emirates launched the first-ever direct flight between Bali and Dubai (which is now daily).

Barcelona

If you haven’t been to Catalonia’s capital you’re missing something special. Imagine Beirut’s party spirit combined with Paris’ heritage and you are somewhere close to just how exhilarating BCN can be. Add in the beach and Gaudi’s architecture and you’ve got the city break that dreams are made of.

Bebek
An odd find in top search terms, but believe us that Google Trends has churned up this little district in Istanbul among the year’s top ‘speciality travel’ finds. Not such an insider tip after all then, but this enclave of wealth and glamour is well worth a visit for those with a taste for the finer things in life.

Brazil
Hardly a surprise that it ranked so high in 2015, especially with the world’s eyes on Rio de Janeiro as it hosts the Olympics in 2016. If you are not planning to be a spectator for this sporting showcase, both Rio and São Paulo are great destinations in their own right, each with their own editions of Time Out to guide you through the city.

Disneyland
Paris, Florida, California or Hong Kong? Now, whichever part of the world you reside in, there’s less excuse for you not to take the kids to Disneyland at least once in their childhood. Stop them nagging you throughout 2016 by finally making that booking. Just please don’t bore us with one of those cringeworthy home movies from the TV advert.

Goa

Across the globe’s many oceans and shores, India’s premier holiday spot still ranks highest for “beach” searches in 2015. UAE residents are in the lucky position of being a mere four hours away from this real-life paradise of white sand, palm trees (and cows on the beach, although you don’t see that in the brochures, do you).

Las Vegas
The Dubai of the Americas. Despite the infamous reputation of Nevada’s largest city, you can in fact have a very civilised time of it here, including visits to restaurants by Gordon Ramsay and Pierre Gagnaire. Don’t miss the Bellagio fountain show, even if ours at The Dubai Mall is slightly better.

Maldives

Google Trends turn up this multi-island nation as the top search result for holiday resorts. While it may be expensive to stay on the best atolls, take advantage of direct budget flights on Flydubai, and treat yourself to the full no news, no shoes experience.

Niagara Falls

One of the greatest natural wonders on Earth, Niagara Falls is actually the collective name for three waterfalls, which occupy the border of the US and Canada between Ontario province and New York state.

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