WHERE WILL YOU GO IN 2019?

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - WELCOME CAPE MANZAMO, OKINAWA, JAPAN -

In July 2010, a pic­ture of a woman’s foot next to a dog at a Mex­i­can taco stand was posted by a bloke called Kevin to a new so­cial me­dia site called Co­de­name. Two years later, he and his co-part­ner sold the site, re­named In­sta­gram, to Face­book’s Mark Zucker­berg for $US1 bil­lion.

In the short time since, this pic­tureper­fect, uni­corns-and-rain­bows ver­sion of life has be­come a prime re­source for travel voyeurs and for hol­i­day-mak­ers re­search­ing their next des­ti­na­tion.

Do a quick search on In­sta­gram for a tourist board, ho­tel group, cruise com­pany or air­line, or travel pro­fes­sion­als and in­flu­encers like @mark­fitz who took our beau­ti­ful cover image, and you im­me­di­ately dis­cover new trop­i­cal re­sorts; a city’s most vis­ited tourist spots, restau­rants, bars, shops; an­i­mals in the wild; and ex­tremes of na­ture, from icy moun­tains to wa­ter bluer than your imag­i­na­tion.

It’s just one source we use when pre­dict­ing the trends and best ex­pe­ri­ences for the com­ing year. Add to that data in­sights, the wis­dom of travel in­dus­try ex­perts, the Es­cape team’s in-depth knowl­edge, plus a pinch of gut-feel­ing and we can give you an ac­cu­rate pic­ture of what your hol­i­days will look like in the next 12 months.

The ex­pe­ri­ences I’m most ex­cited about are the rise and rise of the bub­ble tent; the on­go­ing ob­ses­sion with Ja­pan, Canada and Sri Lanka; ever-in­creas­ing op­tions for solo and fe­male trav­ellers; and en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial ini­tia­tives travel com­pa­nies are tak­ing to en­sure the places we love to visit are not ru­ined by tourism.

Now it’s time to get out your cal­en­dar and get ready for a hol­i­day.

JANA FRAWLEY, NA­TIONAL TRAVEL ED­I­TOR

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