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Stride Travel Announces Top Trending Experiential Travel Destinations for 2019

Popular Travel Destinations Include Italy, China, and Egypt

SAN FRANCISCO, CA- January 1, 2019 - If you're stuck in a rut with choosing where to go this year, Stride's list of the Top Trending Destinations is here to help.

Using data such as the most popular searches users made in 2018, Stride has compiled a list of trending destinations around the world for 2019. The most popular destinations include some classic countries, such as Italy and Spain, as well as some up and coming spots like Egypt. 

All of these destinations offer a nice mix of culturally immersive travel, with a more active side. Stride helps everyone find their perfect trip, whatever your travel style, and features 30,000+ tours from 1,000+ top operators.  


Top 5 Experiential Travel Destinations for 2019

1. Italy

Could there be a more classic destination than Italy? Home to ancient sites for the history buffs to enjoy, rolling hills of beautiful vineyards for the wine tasting enthusiasts, more impressive muesums than you can shake a stick at for the art lovers, and even outdoorsy travel in the Dolomites for the adventurous. The perfect destination for return visits, we recommend seeing the "Big Three" (Venice, Rome, Florence) on your first time traveling to Italy, but then expanding to the other regions for a taste of Italy's local, regional charm. And did we mention the gelato?!

2. China

Another classic destination that beckons those travelers eager to get off the beaten path, China offers a travel experience like no other. With a sprawling history and fascinating culture, China is best enjoyed on a guided tour where you can relax and not worry about the language barrier or getting lost among crowds. Going on a tour will reveal China from a local perspective - most tours include the major sites but are often led by a local guide. 

3. Egypt

A place that holds fascination in the minds of many, a visit to Egypt is highly recommended for history and archaeology buffs. Walking amongst the pyramids, the Cairo museum, and strolling the banks of the ancient Nile with the guideance of an Egyptologist is an experience like no other. In recent years, Egypts was left off Stride's top trending list, possibly due to safety concerns about the region. But it's back this year, indicating that travelers are feeling more comfortable about traveling to Egypt.

4. Spain 

Beautiful Spain comes in at number 4, a destination that never fails to disappoint. With architecture from classic churches, to buildings inspired by nearby Morocco, to downright funky homes and buildings (looking at you Barcelona) - the home of Dali, Picasso, and Goya is a mecca for modern art lovers. Spain is also highly recommended for foodies as the regional cuisines go far beyond tapas and the wine regions produce interesting varietals.

5. Australia

An attractive travel destination year round, Australia has it all - beach life, wine regions, vibrant metropolitan cities, stunning landscapes...and it's possible to get a taste of it all on one trip! You might be a bit rushed, sure, but most tours to Australia budget enough time to see the major sites in this beautiful country. Get ready to marvel at the beauty along the Great Ocean Road, face your fear on the Bridge Walk in Sydney, take in the incredible Ayers Rock in Central Australia, and snorker through the bright schools of fish in the Great Barrier Reef.

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*Note: Top destinations derived from search and page view data on Stride Travel.


About Stride Travel

Stride enables travelers of all stripes to authentically explore the world at their pace. It is the first meta search site for all expert planned, experiential travel - tours, adventure trip packages, small ship and river cruises, and custom trips. Stride makes it easy to find and compare the most comprehensive variety of trips to every continent from over 1,000 leading and local travel companies. With trusted user reviews on thousands of itineraries and companies, travelers can pick their perfect trip with confidence. Stride is based in San Francisco, CA with staff and Travel Experts around the globe.


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