Have you been tirelessly researching potential travel destinations for 2020? Maybe you need a little inspiration. Google is listing the top trending places to start off 2020. Some of the cities may surprise you.
Aerial view of Tokyo cityscape with Fuji mountain in Japan.
How does Google decide these are some of the most popular trends? Their research methodology compares the number of hotel searches with travel dates in 2020 to a similar number of searches from 2018 for 2019 travel dates.
These 10 places are seeing an uptick in interest as travelers consider a new place to visit. This isn’t to say that perennial tourist favorites like Rome, Barcelona or Maldives are less popular. But, some of those places may not be the first cities to populate your travel list anymore.
When To Visit
You can now view the best times to visit a certain destination within the search screen. Typically you may need to open a separate tab to view a travel guide or find learn about the average weather conditions and holidays.
If your travel schedule is flexible, you can quickly pick the month that has the best mix of weather, number of tourists, and hotel prices. For example, June is the peak travel season in Da Nang with the highest number of tourists and the most expensive hotel rates.
Where To Stay
Quickly see where the best neighborhoods can be to stay. In each neighborhood, you will see a quick summary of the area, key landmarks and amenities, and the average nightly rate. Scrolling down lets you filter different hotels.
In classic Google style, you can see an overhead Google Maps view of each hotel located within the neighborhood with the nightly rate. This might be the search tool you’re most used to. Zooming in lets you pinpoint potential hotels and nearby amenities.
You can include or exclude certain neighborhoods which is a convenient feature if you are looking to avoid something specific like crowded areas.
What You’ll Pay
A 5-star hotel in Da Nang generally costs between $130 and $185 per night during the month of January. As of the time of publishing, the average room only goes for $129. So you won’t need to worry about overpaying if you find a room near the $129 per nightly rate.
Compare Prices By Booking Site
Researching travel can be time-consuming when you compare prices on multiple travel booking sites. As Google is a search engine, you can compare the travel costs for the same hotel on the same screen. You don’t have to worry about pop-ups or switching between tabs to compare rates.
See Hotel Deals
If you love searching for travel deals, you can choose the “Just Deals” filter to only see hotels that cost less than their average rate. This can be a fun way to find a property you normally wouldn’t pay extra to stay at. But since the room is on sale, why not treat yourself?
Hotels vs Vacation Rentals
A growing trend is to stay at a vacation rental instead of a hotel. For roughly the same price as a hotel room, you can rent an apartment or a whole house for a more comfortable stay. You can now research hotels and vacation rentals with Google.
Search Hotels By Amenity
It’s possible to search for hotels and vacation rentals by amenity. Some of the examples include free WiFi, air conditioning, on-site restaurant and bar or being kid-friendly and pet-friendly.
To further refine your search, you can filter results by hotel brand and price.
See Guest Ratings
If you rely on recent feedback from guests, you can read guest reviews in the hotel search engine. These ratings can help you discover if the prospective property is currently undergoing renovations. Or maybe you can see suggestions that can help improve your stay so you don’t make classic tourist mistakes.
Plan Your Trip On Multiple Devices
One reason to research your next trip using Google is that your recent search activity is accessible from your other devices. As long as you’re logged into your Google account, you can pause your current search and resume on a different device.
For a fun getaway in the new year, consider going to one of the top 10 destinations for 2020. Then you can quickly research your flight and hotel options to find the best times to travel at the right price.