Social media influences everything from the clothing brands we wear to the restaurants we dine at, so it comes as no surprise that platforms like Instagram would impact where we vacation. Travel account @earth essentially aggregates that influence onto one platform, posting photos of the most-visited destinations around the world for the 21- to 35-year-old crowd.
The platform just released its top 10 travel destinations for 2018, which was based on the geotags of the most highly followed travel Instagram accounts between January 2018 and July 2018, in addition to 100,000 of their followers' answers to the question "If you could go anywhere on earth, where would it be?" Below, Earth's founder, Andy McCune, breaks down the top five travel destinations in 2018, which include Tulum at number one, followed by Amsterdam, the Greek islands, Mexico City, and the Maldives.
1. Tulum, Mexico
"I could talk about Tulum for an hour," writes McCune. "Tulum is a blogger's paradise and has really taken off because of Instagram. The food is amazing, and it's full of trendy restaurants like Hartwood and Gitano and boutique hotels like Azulik and Casa Malca. You'll find natural swimming pools in the jungle called cenotes which have really been a massive draw for tourists. It's also so close to the U.S.; you just fly into Cancun and it's a two-hour drive south, so accessibility is another reason it has taken off."
2. Amsterdam, the Netherlands
"Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities in the world. I feel like people are starting to get over the stigma due to prostitution being legal and realize how cool of a city it actually is. The people are so friendly, the architecture is stunning, and the canals are lined with incredible restaurants, hotels, and shops like Greenwoods Cafe and The Hoxton Hotel," explains Andy.
3. The Greek Islands
"The islands of Greece, made up by destinations like Santorini, Mykonos, Milos and Zakynthos, are a must-visit. The crystal-blue waters, world-class beaches, stunning architecture, and amazing food make the islands a perfect destination for any traveler," explains McCune. "Head to Santorini to see the iconic white- and blue-painted buildings on the cliffside, to Zakynthos to see the famous shipwreck beach, or to Milos to dive from the white cliffs that juxtapose the turquoise water."
4. Mexico City, Mexico
"I went to Mexico City for the first time a few months ago and was so pleasantly surprised. There were trees everywhere; it was so green and felt so safe and peaceful. But the biggest attractions to Mexico City are its proximity to the U.S. and the food. It’s home to Quintonil and Pujol, which placed 11 and 13 on The World's 50 Best Restaurants. If you're a foodie, Mexico City is a must," writes Andy.
5. The Maldives
"The Maldives have really been taking over as a dreamy island getaway. It's so picturesque with turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and villas built on the water—a win-win for travel photographers," he explains. "I'm convinced it's impossible to take a bad picture here; it's just exploding with so much color. There are quite a few hotels doing influencer collaborations there, driving a lot of tourist interest in the islands."