For Valentine’s Day this year, consider going on a holiday with a special someone – you. Although this commercial holiday celebrates couples and romances, more singles are taking this time to travel.
Data by Airbnb revealed that singles are travelling more than ever during this Valentine’s Day weekend, with bookings increased over 200% compared to last year.
The trend, when it comes to destination preference, runs the gamut from warm urban locales to cold places and culturally rich venues. According to Airbnb, bustling destinations within Asia also provide the perfect time for solo travellers to immerse in local culture.
The top cities in the region during Valentine’s Day are Sydney (Australia), Bali (Indonesia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Bangkok (Thailand) and Jeju (South Korea).
Interestingly, Kuala Lumpur is the top South-East Asia city to head to for group travel over Valentine’s Day.
On the other hand, spa booking agency SpaSeekers revealed some romantic travel findings in its Worldwide Romantic Index. The index studied social media data to find the most popular destination for marriage proposals.
New York was revealed to be the most romantic city destination in the world, with a score of 46.4. The city is also the destination with the most marriage proposals in the last six months.
New York also ranked the ninth most sexually active city in the world, as well as having the fourth highest marriage rate.
The Big Apple is buzzing with romantic hotspots – Central Park is a popular location for movie-worthy dates, and the Empire State Building provides some of the country’s best views.
London ranks second on the list, with 1,813 marriage proposals shared in the last six months. The capital is also the fourth most sexually active city, but ranks low (44th) on marriage rates.
Los Angeles, Paris and Chicago round up the top five list of romantic cities.