LIFE+STYLE: TOURISM – Homeaway Reveals Travel Hot Spots In 2018

Luxurious Cabin in Hokkaido, Japan

Looking for a new destination that’s perfect for your next holiday? HomeAway revealed today the most popular travel destinations for Malaysian groups and families in 2017, and the destinations that are set to grow in popularity with travelers this year.

The results are part of the HomeAway Asia 2018 Trend Report, which offers a peek into the travel destination choices for Malaysian travelers and what they look out for in a holiday home, based on 2017 data from HomeAway.

“Malaysian travelers are increasingly choosing holiday homes because they usually travel in groups with family or friends, and there just isn’t a better fit when it comes to group travel. For as little as under $100 (RM390) a night per person, you can replicate the warm and cozy atmosphere you get at home, everywhere you go,” said Jude Davidson, HomeAway Asia head of marketing.

The 2018 trend report lists HomeAway’s top destinations; the hottest unique accommodation types, which include treehouses and cabins; and the increasing interest in homes which are pet-friendly or those with well- equipped kitchens and yes, laundry equipment.

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-Singapore, Singapore:

One of the liveliest and most culturally-diverse cities in the world, the tiny island of Singapore holds its own as an attractive holiday destination. In addition to the amazing culinary variety and modern attractions like the Universal Studios, the fact that travelers can easily drive their own vehicles into Singapore make it an alluring option for all Malaysian travelers.

-Taipei, Taiwan:

Taipei is an interesting city, with a fusion of cultures influenced by China, Japan and America. With beautiful parks like the Guandu Nature Park and the Yingmingshan National Park located in the city, tourists can enjoy a mixture of natural and manmade beauty. In addition, the exquisite quality of food which can be found anywhere from shophouses to night markets make the Taipei experience an amazing one for any Malaysian.

-Osaka, Japan:

The port city of Osaka is the second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo, known for its modern architecture and bustling nightlife. Its stylish, fashion-forward trends make the city a shopping haven for Malaysian travelers, and those interested in culture and history can also make their way to the many heritage sites and temples located a short train ride away.


– Cebu, The Philippines:

Drawing almost two million foreign travelers a year, the island of Cebu’s prime attractions are its amazing white-sand beaches and diving spots in areas such as Malapascua and Moalboal, providing the perfect escape from the hectic lifestyle in Malaysia. When Malaysians aren’t getting their tan on at the beaches, Cebu City also provides entertainment with its dynamic nightlife and delicious restaurants.

– Taichung, Taiwan:

Endowed with a rich history and beautiful natural scenery, Taichung is the perfect alternative for Malaysians looking to escape crowded Taipei. With an abundance of affordable food and amazing shopping districts, Malaysians are slowly flocking over to this trending destination.

-Fukuoka, Japan:

For Malaysians who have already visited Tokyo and Osaka, Fukuoka offers an alternative Japanese experience. Home to the annual Hakata Dontaku, a colorful port festival held in summer each year, the region is a hub for traditional Japanese celebrations.


The Hottest Alternative Accommodations. HomeAway has seen growing interest in unique accommodation types, with treehouses and cabins piquing the curiosity of travelers.

With even more unique accommodation options being added to HomeAway’s inventory every day, travelers can easily opt for a vacation that is truly one-of-a-kind. /


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