Let’s be honest, Google is normally your first point of call if you’re looking for destination information, especially when booking a holiday. The world’s most powerful search engine sees it all; the good, the bad and the very ugly!
We had a peak at the most searched travel destinations for 2013, so check out the top five below and see if any of them surprise you!
It’s not hard to see why Rome is the most searched travel destination; a historical city with stunning architecture, delicious pasta and good looking locals. Rome is perfect for a city break and has something for everyone to enjoy. After connecting with your inner gladiator at the Colosseum, why not stroll down to the Vatican to wave hello to the new Pope? For a delicious lunch, stuff your face with gelato in Rome’s best Piazzas or, for the more theatrical bunch, a trip to the opera has to be on the list. Gaze at the beautiful art in historic churches or dance down the Spanish Steps and catch the attention of others…for all the wrong reasons!
2. New York
The Big Apple is the most Googled American destination from the UK. With the city’s towering skyline, New York’s atmosphere attracts tourists and holidaymakers all year round. Dine out at the finest restaurants in Queens, shop until you drop on Fifth Avenue or stroll through Central Park. Jump on the ferry and head on over to Staten Island to check out the Statue of Liberty, before climbing the Empire State Building; a selfie at the top of the tallest building in Manhattan has to be done. In the evening, head to Broadway for a musical spectacular, such as the iconic Lion King or the dazzling Wicked.
Amsterdam attracts tourists with its picturesque canals, hipster vibes and more bicycles than any other city. Explore the waterways by boat and visit the famous Bloemenmarkt, the only floating flower market in the world. Visit its most famous attractions, including the interactive Rijksmuseum or the historic Anne Frank House. Jump on the trolley tram and take a journey to one of the cheese factories in the suburbs and sneakily indulge in the delicious samples. Check out the vibrant nightlife at Studio 80, where you can dance the night away to your favourite tunes.
Surprisingly, Palma in Majorca has proven itself to be one of the most popular destinations thanks to its cosmopolitan and lively vibe. Majorca offers great value for money, as the island is only a short flight away from the UK. Sunbathe on the beach and top up the tan, before heading into the water for a cool down. For a cultural experience, wander in the gothic La Palma Cathedral and take part in a church service with many of the island’s residents. See the stars up close with a trip to Astro La Palma for an astronomy tour.
Earning a reputation as one of Europe’s largest nightclub hotspots, it’s no surprise Magaluf appeared on the list, thanks to UK’s party animals. Head to BCM square, which is home to the craziest nightlife in the town. Magaluf is fantastic for sun worshippers, as golden beaches line the warm sea. For the more active types, head over to the nearby water park for some fun on the awesome kamikaze slide. There’s sun, sand and partying. What more do you want?
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