Top 10 trending travel destinations

It may not be the best time to be planning an overseas trip, but there’s no better time to dream.

Are you looking for an escape from a world aflood with coronavirus stories?

Then this Instagram account @earth, which has more than 1.5 million followers and has revealed its top 10 trending travel destinations, is your answer.

The destinations were based on collected answers by more than 100,000 Instagram followers who answered the question ‘If you could go anywhere on Earth, where would it be?’.

The account’s algorithm also tracked the Instagram geotags of the 100 most highly followed travel influencers on Instagram, such as Jack Morris of @doyoutravel, Emilie Ristevski of @helloemilie, and Sam Kolder of @sam_kolder, to see exactly where the trendsetters are traveling to.

“We’re always curating the most intriguing international destinations on @earth to encourage social media scrollers to explore the world they live in – whether they want to take a spontaneous weekend trip or plan a winter getaway,” says Earth founder Andy McCune (@andy). “We’re excited to harness data from the most influential travel creators on Instagram and our engaged, wanderlust-minded audience, so we can unlock the next must-go global destinations.”

It may or may not be the best time to travel to these spots, but as inspiration for your future travel plans, here are the top 10 trending travel destinations according to @earth.

1. Tulum, Mexico
“Tulum is one of those tropical places where you feel like magic exists. The vivid blue water in the Cenotes, the ancient ruins in jungle, and the white sand beaches make it feel like a dream. The people are humble and the infrastructure is limited, which brings you back to the basics of good food and great conversation with the locals and people you came with. Oh and let’s not forget, they love their tequila …” – Charly Jordan of @charlyjordan


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A post shared by Earth (@earth) on Jun 11, 2018 at 3:01pm PDT


2. Amsterdam, Netherlands
“Amsterdam is our very favourite city in the world. There’s something very special about the collision of design, arts, and so many different cuisines. It’s a historical look back at the past, and a wonderful peek into the future.”
Jessica and Garrett Gee of @thebucketlistfamily


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Summer in Amsterdam. cc: @framboisejam

A post shared by Earth (@earth) on Jul 18, 2018 at 7:02am PDT


3. Greek Islands
“The Islands of Greece, made up by destinations like Santorini, Mykonos, Milos and Zakynthos, are a must visit. The crystal blue waters, world-class beaches, stunning architecture, and amazing food make the islands a perfect destination for any traveller. Head to Santorini to see the iconic white and blue-painted buildings on the cliffside, to Zakynthos to see the famous shipwreck beach, or to Milos to dive from the white cliffs that juxtapose the turquoise water.” – Andy McCune, Founder of @earth.


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Ios, Greece What’s your dream summer destination? cc: @doyoutravel

A post shared by Earth (@earth) on Jul 12, 2017 at 8:37am PDT


4. Mexico City, Mexico
“Mexico City is a bright, colourful city centred around culture and food. Condesa is my favourite neighbourhood — full of amazing coffee, historical buildings, fresh smoothies and locals running errands around town with their pets. The city feels natural and like you’re falling into a routine right off the bat. Perfect for a casual weekend trip or a longer stint as there’s so much to take in — certainly no shortage of museums, landmarks and dining experiences. I recommend the city to anyone looking for a low-key trip to an exciting city that’s not overrun by tourist traps and crowds.” – Sam Landreth of @samlandreth


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Wandering the streets of Mexico City. cc: @samlandreth

A post shared by Earth (@earth) on Jul 19, 2018 at 6:10am PDT


5. The Maldives
“It’s not very hard to fall in love with the Maldives – the most amazing blue waters I’ve ever seen and sandbanks that stretch for days. Maldives is the kind of destination where you want to constantly pinch yourself just to be completely sure that a place like this really exists.” – Alexander Williamson of @alexpreview


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Swimming with sharks in the Maldives cc: @alexpreview

A post shared by Earth (@earth) on Jul 20, 2018 at 8:43am PDT


6. Algarve, Portugal
“While many travellers will be drawn to the vibrant colours of the capital, Lisbon, make way for the southern coast of Portugal. Red sandstone cliffs and turquoise ocean clash in a battle of beautiful colours. The whitewashed villages that dot the coastline are full of wonderful food and people. Craggy sea caves dot seemingly endless golden beaches, offering something for every type of intrepid traveller.” – Sam McAllister of


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Hidden beach in Algarve, Portugal cc: @mvandersluis

A post shared by Earth (@earth) on Jul 18, 2018 at 5:09pm PDT


7. Marrakech, Morocco
“Morocco is so magical. The colours, patterns, smells – everything is just so overwhelming to your senses. The market, or the medina, winds through the centre of the city and you can wander aimlessly for hours. There are also so many day trips you can experience right outside of Marrakech. You can drive up through the Atlas Mountains, enjoy an overnight glamping experience in the desert, or take a camel ride through the grove.” – Andy McCune


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Marrakech, Morocco cc: @leoniehanne

A post shared by Earth (@earth) on Jul 19, 2018 at 7:56am PDT


8. Positano, Italy
“Positano has been a classic destination since the ’50s, but it’s now the summer hot spot. It’s a cliffside village located on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, and the views are just so breathtaking. There are so many towns on the Amalfi Coast, which make for great day trips.” – Andy McCune


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Poolside views on the coast of Italy. cc: @federicola

A post shared by Earth (@earth) on Jul 9, 2018 at 1:19pm PDT


 9. Cappadocia, Turkey
“Cappadocia looks like it’s straight from a fairytale. It has these crazy rock formations that were sculpted by erosion. It’s actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over half of the world’s hot-air balloons take off from this region, so the sky is always filled with hundreds of balloons floating over the landscape, which makes for incredible photos.” – Andy McCune


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Adventures in Cappadocia, Turkey cc: @alliemtaylor

A post shared by Earth (@earth) on Jun 1, 2018 at 3:34pm PDT


10. Bali, Indonesia
“I think we’re all secretly dreaming of uprooting our lives and moving to Bali. Beautiful beaches, world-class waves, healthy food, waterfalls and rice fields. The people are very kind. It’s a feast for the eyes and for the soul with equal parts serenity, chaos, fun, adventure and luxury. There is something in Bali everyone can connect to no matter what type of traveller you are.” – Chelsea Yamase of @chelseakauai


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Waking up in paradise cc: @gypsea_lust

A post shared by Earth (@earth) on May 23, 2018 at 6:59pm PDT


What do you think of these destinations? Will you visit any of the places on this list?

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