Brits dreaming of Zanzibar, Koh Samui, and Bora-Bora during Lockdown 3.0

  • January has seen Brits wanderlusting over homes in far-flung destinations, as lockdown restrictions continue to limit travel
  • The top 10 destinations showing a spike in searches this month include exotic getaways such as Zanzibar, Koh Samui, Bora-Bora, Seoul and Sydney

We may have welcomed 2021 with yet another lockdown, but it hasn’t stopped us dreaming about the return of travel, with Brits turning to Airbnb for escapism while cooped up indoors. 

This wanderlust, paired with a decent dose of holiday nostalgia, has left Brits pining over exotic and far-flung holiday destinations including Zanzibar, Koh Samui and Bora-Bora, showing that many are longing for a relaxing beach break as soon as it is safe to travel once again. 

The Top 10 Wanderlust Destinations*:

  1. Zanzibar, Tanzania 
  2. Koh Samui, Thailand
  3. Bora-Bora, French Polynesia 
  4. Sant Jordi de ses Salines, Ibiza, Spain 
  5. Courchevel, France 
  6. Ski, Norway
  7. Seoul, South Korea 
  8. Sydney, Australia 
  9. Sussex, Wisconsin, US
  10. Maafushi, Maldives

From the velvety sands of Zanzibar and the turquoise oceans of the Maldives, to the snowy slopes of Courchevel and the alpine towns of Norway, the list of ten is made up of distant shores and exotic retreats, as well as European destinations that bit closer to home. 

Examples of homes in the top 10 wanderlust destinations

Notes to Editors:

*The top ten wanderlust destinations are based on Year on Year growth in searches on Airbnb by Brits in 2021 (1-9 January v 1-9 January 2020). It does not necessarily reflect booking activity.

All homes in this email are intended purely to inspire and illustrate. Airbnb does not recommend or endorse these listings or any other homes on the platform.