Travel insights from Taylor Coulson, contributing editor of The Compass

This Just In: Travel Trends For 2019

Similar to 2018, Europe is still #trending. Below the Old Castle Stairs in Prague, is a quote that reads, “I will close my eyes and place my finger on the map.” Travelers should absolutely apply this quote when planning their 2019 travels. And if you’re looking for inspiration, Pinterest released their 2019 trends based on searches done on their platform. Is your next vacation based on finding quaint, hidden European villages or road tripping to places in the most simplified and eco-friendly way possible? If so, close your eyes, place your finger on the map and book your next vacation to one of these travel trends for 2019.

Hot Springs have Sprung in Iceland

blue lagoon

If you’re craving a luxurious dip in a hot spring, between 98 to 104 degrees to be exact, Iceland might interest you. The Blue Lagoon is a manmade lagoon in Iceland, essentially making it one of the world’s most incredible pools. It offers the same relaxing amenities as any other day spa: the Blue Lagoon offers saunas, restaurants, lockers and unique services like silica mud masks! Not to get too scientific, but the geothermal water contains three active ingredients: silica, algae and minerals that create a white, milky color.

Out-of-the-Way Towns in Germany

cochem

Do you feel like skipping the beer gardens and walking into a fairytale during your next off-season or out-of-the-way vacation to Germany? Check out Cochem where every angle offers breathtaking views of emerald forests, medieval monuments along the Moselle River and the Reichsburg Castle that sits on a cliff overlooking the city. When pinot noir or riesling is calling your name, hopefully your finger will land on Ruedesheim am Rhein. This is a legendary, idyllic wine-making town that serves as a gateway to the Middle Rhine Valley… where vineyards and rich history are waiting to be discovered.

Waste Not, Jaunt Not

feet up on a car dashboard

When the miles on your road trip no longer include a comma, it all seems worth it – especially if you’re aiming to achieve a zero-waste road trip! If your finger lands on a state a few hours away, why not stop and visit national parks or rest at various eco-friendly hotels along the way? To succeed at a zero-waste road trip, you’ll have to follow those specific guidelines when it comes to snacks, toiletries, food, compost, preparation and technology.

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