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Top 100 World Trends of 2014

From Glass-Bottomed Vacation Homes to Endless Summer Photography

— January 1, 2015 — World
While social media and the Internet make it easy to forget how big the world really is, travelers are harnessing the power of technology now more than ever to make excursions easier and more efficient. Hyper-connected devices like the Bluesmart carry-on bag, apps for finding travel buddies and tailored travel services turn time that would be spent planning into more time for sightseeing and activities.

Beyond offering little luxuries like wine or more room to spread out onboard an aircraft, over the past year airlines have been getting experimental with the services they offer. Some great examples of this include British Airways curating specific in-flight music and meal pairings, offering channels that feature nothing but pets to soothe passengers and introducing the Happiness Blanket to measure brainwaves and indicate a traveler's level of relaxation.

For a look ahead at what's to come in the realm of travel and other industries, click through to Trend Hunter’s Top 20 Trends in 2015.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
99
Pet-Centric Airline Channels
Pet-Centric Airline Channels
British Airways Has a New In-Flight TV Channel That's All About Pets
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98
In-Flight Musical Meal Pairing
In-Flight Musical Meal Pairing
British Airwaves Curated a Flavor-Boosting Playlist to Go With Food
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97
Landscape-Promoting Buildings
Landscape-Promoting Buildings
TYIN Tegnestue Architects Construct the Lyset Paa Lista in Norway
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96
Panoramic Flight Tours
Panoramic Flight Tours
The 'Triton' Luxury Aircraft Will Offer Panoramic Views to Tourists
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95
Undulating Architectural Lookouts
Undulating Architectural Lookouts
The Sohlbergplassen Viewpoint Elegantly Curves Around the Trees
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94
Fashion Editorial-Like Travel Ads
Fashion Editorial-Like Travel Ads
The Air France 2014 Campaign is Inspired by Destinations
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93
Multifunctional Mountain-Inspired Design
Multifunctional Mountain-Inspired Design
Jos Blom and Jasper Eustace Conceived Clever Furniture
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92
Honey Hunter Photography
Honey Hunter Photography
Andrew Newey's Series About Honey Hunters in Nepal is Enigmatic
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91
Comfortable Luxury Airline Services
Comfortable Luxury Airline Services
JetBlue Mint Provides Premium Perks for a Lower Cost
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90
Stunning Geometrical Desert Art
Stunning Geometrical Desert Art
The 'Desert Breath' Project Looks Surreal and Other Worldly
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89
Masculine Business Manicures
Masculine Business Manicures
The 'Business Nail' Japanese Manicure is a Strange Phenomenon
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88
Familial Poverty Photography
Familial Poverty Photography
'Living on a Dollar a Day' Will Make You Think Twice
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87
Authentic Eagle Hunting Images
Authentic Eagle Hunting Images
The Asher Svidensky Captures Showcase Traditional Kazakh Activities
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86
Cramped City Photography
Cramped City Photography
This Megacity Photo Series is Fascinating and Dizzying
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85
Cubism-Inspired Collections
Cubism-Inspired Collections
'Gamut' by Damien Ravn Draws from Modernist Constructions
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84
Stripped Statement Selfie Campaigns
Stripped Statement Selfie Campaigns
The #StripForJackie Campaign is Effective and Going Viral
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83
High Class Honeycomb Hotels
High Class Honeycomb Hotels
This Upcoming High Class Resort Features an Inventive New Look
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82
Massive Art Installation Sculptures
Massive Art Installation Sculptures
The Wood Installation Art by Christophe Doucet is Grand
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81
Persian Pastime Photos
Persian Pastime Photos
Farhad Berahman’s Photos Explore Modern-Minded Iranians’ Private Lives
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80
Shooting Star Yachts
Shooting Star Yachts
Igor Lobanov's Luxury Boat Design is Romantic and Futuristic
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79
Hen House Dwellings
Hen House Dwellings
The Passive Roost House Would Be Perched on Spindly Legs in the Highlands
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78
Nature-Bound Nomadic Photography
Nature-Bound Nomadic Photography
This Nomadic Portrait Photo Series is Raw and Raises Awareness
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77
Chinese Pollution Pictures
Chinese Pollution Pictures
Souvid Datta Captures the Impact Contaminated Landscapes Have on Humans
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76
Two-Faced Soccer Fans
Two-Faced Soccer Fans
Heartbreaking Images of Brazil Fans Before And After Their World Cup Loss
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75
Inspirational Wheelchair Fashion Models
Inspirational Wheelchair Fashion Models
Danielle Sheypuk is the First-Ever Wheelchair Model
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74
Quiet Landscape Photography
Quiet Landscape Photography
Nich Hance McElroy Photographs the Great Divide
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73
Peekaboo Parisian Apartments
Peekaboo Parisian Apartments
The Residence Poissonniers Turns Old French Architecture Contemporary
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72
Luxury Airplane Suites
Luxury Airplane Suites
Qatar Airways First Class Offers Caviar and a Spa-Like Washroom
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71
Pinup Cabbie Calendars
Pinup Cabbie Calendars
NYC Taxi Drivers are Humorously Showcased in a 2015 Calendar Series
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70
Impact-Absorbent Braces
Impact-Absorbent Braces
The Neck Frame Acts Like a Second Skin
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69
Zigzag-Contoured Cabins
Zigzag-Contoured Cabins
The Noa House Features Six Rhombus Facades for an Idiosyncratic Appearance
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68
Detailed City Illustrations
Detailed City Illustrations
This Cosmopolitan Cities Illustration Series is Crafty and Colorful
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67
Sky-Piercing Luxury Suites
Sky-Piercing Luxury Suites
Stay High in the Sky at the World's Highest Suite in Abu Dhabi
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66
Holy Men Headshots
Holy Men Headshots
This Holy Men Photography Series is Hauntingly Intimate
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65
Illuminated Emotion Blankets
Illuminated Emotion Blankets
British Airways' Happiness Blanket Reflects a Traveler's Feelings
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64
Bizarre Tattoo Exhibits
Bizarre Tattoo Exhibits
The Human Gallery Displays Real Inked People as Fine Art
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63
Artist-Designed Luxury Suites
Artist-Designed Luxury Suites
The Park Hotel Tokyo Boasts Customized Artist Rooms
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62
Disappearing African Tribal Photography
Disappearing African Tribal Photography
Dori Caspi's African Photography Captures Lost Tribes
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61
Minimalistic Luxury Spas
Minimalistic Luxury Spas
The Cafe Royal Spa by David Chipperfield Offers Relaxation in London
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60
Fancy Figure-Eight Yachts
Fancy Figure-Eight Yachts
This Heatherwick Studio Boat Wraps the Hull Up into a Continuous Knot
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59
Portable Home Furniture
Portable Home Furniture
Studio Makkink and Bey is a Line That Goes with You on the Go
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58
Inspiring LGBT Celebration Videos
Inspiring LGBT Celebration Videos
The Toronto WorldPride 2014 Video Honors the Global Festival
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57
$100 Million Private Jets
$100 Million Private Jets
Donald Trump's Custom Boeing 757 is Lavish and Dripping in Gold
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56
Luxury Submarine Hotels
Luxury Submarine Hotels
The Oliver’s Travels Lovers Deep Getaway is an Underwater Adventure
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55
Panoramic Mediterranean Resorts
Panoramic Mediterranean Resorts
The Mandarin Oriental Bodrum Boasts Luxe Amenities and Epic Views
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54
Mysterious Landscape Photography
Mysterious Landscape Photography
Nicolas Bouvier Captures the Surreal in the Everyday
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53
Eco Luxurious Island Retreats
Eco Luxurious Island Retreats
The Song Saa Private Island Eco Hotel is Opulent and Mesmerizing
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52
Luxurious Lifestyle Hotels
Luxurious Lifestyle Hotels
The New Le Méridien Zhengzhou Hotel is Contemporary and Cultural
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51
Mini Mountainside Shelters
Mini Mountainside Shelters
The Cassina Refuge Tonneau is a Compact Capsule for Cozy Remote Living
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50
Glowing Garage Architecture
Glowing Garage Architecture
The House Unimog Comprises a Translucently Clad Carport in its Base
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49
Enchanting African Treehouse Havens
Enchanting African Treehouse Havens
This Game Reserve Lodge in South Africa is Whimsical and Sweet
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48
Glammed-Up Garage Gazebos
Glammed-Up Garage Gazebos
Illuminated Waterfront Cabin is an Elegant Skeleton of an Old Structure
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47
Glass-Bottomed Vacation Homes
Glass-Bottomed Vacation Homes
Bambu Indah Contains Luxury Cabins in the Indonesian Hills
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46
Celebratory Sikh Picture Series
Celebratory Sikh Picture Series
The SINGH Project Uses Turban Photography to Honor Sikh Men
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45
Utopian Commune Photography
Utopian Commune Photography
'The Communitarians' Series Captures Life in a Virginia Commune
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44
Comfortable Luxury Cinemas
Comfortable Luxury Cinemas
Bangkok's Embassy Diplomat Screens Makes Movie-Watching Decadent
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43
Minimalist Monochromatic Luggage
Minimalist Monochromatic Luggage
The HAERFEST Collection F is Abstract Art-Inspired
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42
Arresting Sadhus Portrait Photography
Arresting Sadhus Portrait Photography
The Holy Men Collection of Religious Photography is Stoic
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41
Hayrack-Inspired Homesteads
Hayrack-Inspired Homesteads
The Black Barn Pulls from Pastoral Influences to Make a Mod Domicile
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40
InFlight Cocktail Kits
InFlight Cocktail Kits
The Carry On Cocktail Kit Livens Up the Drink Choices When In the Air
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39
Sleek Tourist Cabins
Sleek Tourist Cabins
The Rabot Tourist Cabin Shelters Hikers in the Mountains
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38
Lulling Lux Oceanfront Abodes
Lulling Lux Oceanfront Abodes
This Mexican Beach House is Stunning and Spa-Like
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37
Vibrant Village Photography
Vibrant Village Photography
Herman Damar Captures Daily Life in Rural Indonesian Villages
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36
Bed-Infused Cinematic Seats
Bed-Infused Cinematic Seats
This Unique Cinema Seating Design in London Features Double Beds
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35
Clinical Food Photography
Clinical Food Photography
Hospital Food from Around the World is Eye-Opening
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34
Mobile Wooden Shelters
Mobile Wooden Shelters
The Soul Box by Allergutendinge Can be Placed Anywhere
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33
Abandoned Island Photography
Abandoned Island Photography
Christopher Payne Captured the North Brother Island for His New Book
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32
Garden-Embedded Interiors
Garden-Embedded Interiors
The SISII Office Brings Refreshing Elements Together Under One Roof
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31
Responsive Silicone Residences
Responsive Silicone Residences
The Birds Island Home is an Innovative Eco Architecture Proposal
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30
Upcycled Airplane Homes
Upcycled Airplane Homes
Bruce Campell's Boeing 727 Home Makes Living in an Airplane Seem Cozy
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29
Sea Shell Hotels
Sea Shell Hotels
The Ark Hotel is a Floating Hotel Concept that Resembles a Shell
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28
Versatile Bike Trailers
Versatile Bike Trailers
Alejandra Castelao’s Concept is Designed for Destination Camping
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27
Poignant Poverty Portraits
Poignant Poverty Portraits
Brenda Ann Kenneally Documents People Living Below the Poverty Line
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26
Risky Shanghai Rooftop Photography
Risky Shanghai Rooftop Photography
'On The Roofs' Photograph Hong Kong's Illusive Skyline
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25
Photoshopped Cultural Beauty Standards
Photoshopped Cultural Beauty Standards
Global Artists Manipulate Before & After by Ester Honig
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24
Contemporary Hipster Hotels
Contemporary Hipster Hotels
This Sleek Boutique Hotel is Clean, Comfortable and Classy
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23
Transparent Kayaks
Transparent Kayaks
Molokini by Clear Blue Hawaii is Made out of Bulletproof Glass
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22
Luxurious Treehouse Resorts
Luxurious Treehouse Resorts
The Lion Sands Game Reserve Provides Travellers With Luxury Rooms
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21
Mixed Family Portraits
Mixed Family Portraits
CYJO Captures Stunning Images of Multi-Ethnic Families in Mixed Blood
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20
Luxury Aluminum Campers
Luxury Aluminum Campers
The Bowlus Road Chief is Back with a Seriously Hefty Price Tag
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19
Asianic Protest Editorials
Asianic Protest Editorials
'SHUT DOWN' by Tom Potisit and Marty Angsakul Highlights Social Issues
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18
Diverse LGBT Couple Photography
Diverse LGBT Couple Photography
Braden Summers Photography Series 'All Love is Equal' is Stunning
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17
Nostalgic Surreal Village Photography
Nostalgic Surreal Village Photography
Iveta Vaivode's Tiny Village Photography Series is Mystical
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16
Futuristic Electric Aircraft Concepts
Futuristic Electric Aircraft Concepts
The Awwa Sky Whale Airplane Design Launched at CES 2014
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15
Tranquil Eco Spa Hotels
Tranquil Eco Spa Hotels
The Hotel Endémico is All About Relaxing and Romance
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14
Rustic Mobile Campers
Rustic Mobile Campers
This Truck Adds Elements of Luxury to Mobile Camping
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13
Luxurious Multi-Person Tents
Luxurious Multi-Person Tents
Go Camping in Style with This Deluxe Luxury and Comfortable Tent
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12
Luxe Airline Accommodations
Luxe Airline Accommodations
A Singapore Airlines Suites Class Flight Will Cost You $18,400
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11
Wanderlust-Inducing Pictures
Wanderlust-Inducing Pictures
Jonathan Moyal's Road Trip Photography Spark a Curiosity for Travel
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10
Decreasing Origami Cartons
Decreasing Origami Cartons
The U Shape Travel Set Conveniently Downsizes During Your Trip
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9
Pop Bottle Houses
Pop Bottle Houses
The USA Can End Homelessness by Building Plastic Bottle Houses
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8
Surreal Eco Photography
Surreal Eco Photography
This Photo Series by Mojebory Boasts Beautiful Otherworldly Elements
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7
Streamlined Accessible Campers
Streamlined Accessible Campers
The Beyond Caravan Welcomes Travelers with Physical Disabilities
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6
Spacious Compact Campers
Spacious Compact Campers
The nHome Caravan Optimizes Roominess within its Modern Boxy Body
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5
Naked Handstander Portraits
Naked Handstander Portraits
One Guy is Doing Naked Handstands Around the World for a Cause
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4
Poverty-Stricken Prostitute Pictures
Poverty-Stricken Prostitute Pictures
Souvid Datta Captures Indian Children and Sex Workers
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3
Luxury Compact Trailers
Luxury Compact Trailers
The Conqueror Australia UEV 440 Comes with a Flat-Screen Television
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2
Endless Summer Photography
Endless Summer Photography
Travel by Magdalena Wosinska is a Series for Dreamers and Adventurists
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1
Flesh Panelled Cycling Suits
Flesh Panelled Cycling Suits
People are Reacting Strongly to the Colombian Women's Cycling Uniform
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