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Top 100 Travel Trends of 2012

From Upscale Feline Airports to Four Alarm Hotel Suites

— January 17, 2013 — World
The idea of what a vacation could look like became a lot more customizable in 2012, with tons of niche travel trends available.

For the young ones -- or the young at heart -- the Hello Kitty airport is a great way to start your vacation off the way you like it; if fantasy is more your thing, check out the Hobbit-inspired airports. Hotels became all the more imaginative as well -- live out your fantasies in the fairy tale-themed accommodations, or scare your kids straight in the jailhouse hotel.

More practical travel trends were observed as well in 2012. Single-use toothpaste packets make brushing your teeth in those sardine-can airplane bathrooms much easier, while baggage tag branding makes your luggage recognizable and chic.

If you're planning a vacation and looking for some interesting ideas, check out our travel microtrends for inspiration. If, however, you're looking to connect these microtrends to greater consumer patterns, take a peek at our Travel Trend Report.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
99
Monochromatic Memento Installations
Monochromatic Memento Installations
Explore the International Orange Commemorative Store
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98
Crinkle-Free Clothing Cases
Crinkle-Free Clothing Cases
The Shirt Shuttle Eliminates Wrinkles When Traveling
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97
Tech Travel Graphs
Tech Travel Graphs
The 'How Technology is Changing World Travel' Infograph is Surprising
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96
Intergalactic Tourism Concepts
Intergalactic Tourism Concepts
Shamaxi Space Hotel Offers a Luxurious Stay for Space Tourists
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95
Photography-Focused Currency
Photography-Focused Currency
Shantanu Starick is Travelling Penniless Using the Pixel Trade
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94
Icy Palm Tree Ads
Icy Palm Tree Ads
The British Airways Goodbye Winter Sale Campaign Promotes Flight Discounts
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93
Minimalist Waterscape Captures
Minimalist Waterscape Captures
The Major Akos 'Waterscapes' Series Depicts Beauty of European Lake
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92
Suitcase Contents Photoblogs
Suitcase Contents Photoblogs
'I am Packed' Shares Photos of Things in Other People's Luggage
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91
Blanket-Toting Travel Gear
Blanket-Toting Travel Gear
Daye Kim's 'Whaletale' Suitcase is Comfortable
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90
Layered Landmark Photography
Layered Landmark Photography
The Collective Snapshot Series by Pep Ventosa are Beautifully Blended
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89
Mosaic-Modeled Locomotives
Mosaic-Modeled Locomotives
Alstom Deconstruccio Embodies a Modern Spanish Aesthetic
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88
Iconic Diva Vacation Packages
Iconic Diva Vacation Packages
The Barbie Premium Experience is Perfect for Pampered Princesses
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87
Exclusive Cascading Cafeterias
Exclusive Cascading Cafeterias
The Villa Escudero Waterfalls Restaurant is a Refreshing Retreat
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86
Trippy Party People Pictorials
Trippy Party People Pictorials
The 'Electronic Sunday' Series is Eccentric and Dapper
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85
Transcendental Travel Topography
Transcendental Travel Topography
The Lukas Kozmus Photography is Exotically Exciting
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84
Playful Landmark Prints
Playful Landmark Prints
These Citius Travel Solutions Ads Make Tourism Fun for Tots
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83
Extravagent Soccer Club Getaways
Extravagent Soccer Club Getaways
Real Madrid Resort Island Kicks Up the United Arab Emirates
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82
Feet-Focused Photography
Feet-Focused Photography
Tom Robbins Tells a Story Through Family and Landscape
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81
Monochromatic Landmark Photography
Monochromatic Landmark Photography
Photographer Gabriele Croppi Refocuses Classic Architecture
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80
Four Alarm Hotel Suites
Four Alarm Hotel Suites
The Inshriach House Fire Truck Room is a Bizarre Lodging Space
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79
Aerial Seaside Photography
Aerial Seaside Photography
Photograper Gray Malin Goes Above and Beyond for His Work
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78
Illustrated Iconic Cities
Illustrated Iconic Cities
The Owen Gatley Map Series is Beautifully Detailed
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77
Prison Replication Inns
Prison Replication Inns
The Intimidating Hotel Alcatraz Pops Up in London
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76
Mesmerizing Aerial Snapshots
Mesmerizing Aerial Snapshots
Bernhard Edmaier Photographs Extraordinary Global Landscapes
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75
Topsy-Turvy Architecture
Topsy-Turvy Architecture
The Upside Down House in Terfens, Austria is Disorienting
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74
Sunken Ship Specifics
Sunken Ship Specifics
'Titanic by the Numbers' Infographic Details the Famous Nautical Disaster
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73
Human-Powered Hotel Ammenities
Human-Powered Hotel Ammenities
The Bike-Fueled Cottage Lodge TV Operates on Foot Peddling
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72
Converted Shop Hotels
Converted Shop Hotels
Urbanauts Project Turns Abandoned Stores into 4-Star Accommodations
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71
Multi-Sensory Eateries
Multi-Sensory Eateries
The UltraViolet Restaurant by Paul Pairet is Modern Luxury Epitomized
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70
Bold Bowling Hat Interiors
Bold Bowling Hat Interiors
The Portago Urban Hotel by ILMIODESIGN Features a British Inspiration
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69
Ochre City Captures
Ochre City Captures
The Modern Weekly China 'Marrakech Midi' Editorial Stars Exotic Elise Crombez
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68
Pinnacle Self-Portraits
Pinnacle Self-Portraits
Blerta Zabergja Combines Her Love of Travel, Heights and Photography
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67
Fly-In Campgrounds
Fly-In Campgrounds
Go 'Glamping' at New Zealand's Luxurious Minaret Station
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66
Luxury Designer Vacation Tips
Luxury Designer Vacation Tips
Louis Vuitton 'The Art of Packing' Video Helps You Travel in Style
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65
Water Floatation Dwellings
Water Floatation Dwellings
Solar Floating Resort is Always on the Move With Ultimate Views
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64
Horse Crop Circles
Horse Crop Circles
The 'Walking Drawings' by Evewright are Masterpieces
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63
Bowling Ball Accomodations
Bowling Ball Accomodations
The Friend House Ecohotel is Made Exclusively from Natural Materials
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62
Quaint Beauty Photography
Quaint Beauty Photography
Julia Manchik Portrays an Intimate Story of Her Journey
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61
Swiveling Stereo-Sporting Seats
Swiveling Stereo-Sporting Seats
The Revolve Camping Chair Puts a Twist on Traditional Loungers
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60
Stone-Encrusted Holiday Havens
Stone-Encrusted Holiday Havens
Local Rock House by Pattersons Architecture is a Perfect Getaway
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59
City-Wide Living Rooms
City-Wide Living Rooms
The Superkilen by BIG, Topotek1 and Superflex is a Massive Recreational Spa
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58
Passport Stamp Ads
Passport Stamp Ads
The Developing World Connections Campaign Urges International Volunteering
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57
Modernized Strand-Board Abodes
Modernized Strand-Board Abodes
The Carl Turner British Barn is a Perfect Combo of Country and Chic
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56
Automobile Fitness Centers
Automobile Fitness Centers
The Cycling-Class-Bus Offers a New Way to Stay Healthy
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55
Artistic Scannable Codes
Artistic Scannable Codes
Tourist QR Codes Make Business Artistic in Sydney
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54
Hobbit Home Airports
Hobbit Home Airports
The Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge Has a Circular Motif
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53
Jungle Pampering Getaways
Jungle Pampering Getaways
The Como Shambhala Estate is a Tranquil Health Spa in Indonesia
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52
Converted Correctional Hotels
Converted Correctional Hotels
Jailhouse Accommodation Houses Itinerants Rather Than Internees
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51
Upscale Feline Airports
Upscale Feline Airports
The Eva Airlines Hello Kitty Line Merges Travel With a Fictional Character
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50
Shocking Sin City Stats
Shocking Sin City Stats
The '7 Reasons Nothing Leaves Las Vegas' Infographic Gives Tourist Truths
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49
Intimate Sky-High Hotels
Intimate Sky-High Hotels
The Banyan Tree Bangkok Resort Allows You To Escape to the Extraordinary
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48
Jenga-Inspired Eateries
Jenga-Inspired Eateries
The Innuendo Restaurant by Bluarch Architecture Features Grid-Like Accents
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47
Green Boutique Lodgings
Green Boutique Lodgings
The 'Sport Hotel' by m2r Architecture is a Nod to Nature
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46
Enchanting Fairytale Resorts
Enchanting Fairytale Resorts
La Balade Des Gnomes is a Fantasy Themed Rustic Retreat
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45
Sultry Travel Editorials
Sultry Travel Editorials
The Valerie Phillips Vice Travel Photoshoot is Hot and Happening
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44
Comical Tourism Slogans
Comical Tourism Slogans
'It's More Fun in the Philippines' Campaign Goes Viral
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43
In-Airport Playgrounds
In-Airport Playgrounds
The Schiphol Departure Lounge 4 Lets Kids Play During Layover
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42
3D British Scene Stationery
3D British Scene Stationery
The Pop-Up London Cards are the Perfect Postcard
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41
Elevated Ecological Airports
Elevated Ecological Airports
Symbiotic Vaulting Lets Nature, Neighborhoods and Airlines to Coexist
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40
Baggage Tag Branding
Baggage Tag Branding
Destination Shampoo Packaging is a Fitting Case for Travel-Sized Toiletries
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39
Futuristic Floating Airports
Futuristic Floating Airports
The London Britannia Airport Will Have Underwater Tunnels
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38
Lumberjack-Worthy Tools
Lumberjack-Worthy Tools
The Zippo Outdoors 'Woodsman' Cleverly Offers Four Devices in One
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37
Drastically Narrow Dwellings (UPDATE)
Drastically Narrow Dwellings (UPDATE)
The Keret House by Jakub Szczesny Occupies a Sliver of Space
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36
Tropical Hut Nightclubs
Tropical Hut Nightclubs
The wNw Bar by Vo Trong Nghia in Vietnam is Shabby Chic
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35
Temporary Mobile Hotels
Temporary Mobile Hotels
The DROP Moveable Suite Lets Travelers Stay Wherever They Wish
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34
Tomato-Throwing Photography
Tomato-Throwing Photography
Spain’s Tomatina Fest Draws in People of All Backgrounds
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33
Warm Winter Escape Editorials
Warm Winter Escape Editorials
The Francisco Garcia Cosmo January 2013 Shoot is Sun-Filled
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32
Floating Movie Theaters
Floating Movie Theaters
The Archipelago Cinema Offers a Watery Film Experience
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31
Eco-Tourism Graphs
Eco-Tourism Graphs
The Future of Hotels is Green Infographic Looks at Sustainable Accomodations
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30
High-End Hovering Tent Hotels
High-End Hovering Tent Hotels
The 4 Rivers Floating Lodge Rests Atop the Tatai River
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29
Pop-Up Camping Companies
Pop-Up Camping Companies
Shelter Co Traveling Resorts Takes the Work Out of Pitching a Tent
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28
Portable Personal Archipelagos
Portable Personal Archipelagos
Orsos Islands are Luxurious Floating Homes That Drift Along the Sea
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27
Vintage River Boats
Vintage River Boats
Aqua Expeditions Introduces the First Luxury Cruise of the Amazon
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26
Floating Futuristic Hotel Designs
Floating Futuristic Hotel Designs
Philip Kuzevski's 'Three Spirits' Concept is Daring
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25
Contemporary Luxury Chalets
Contemporary Luxury Chalets
Acacia Cliffs Lodge Offers a Warm Stay with a Cool Design and Setting
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24
Battery Pack Suitcases
Battery Pack Suitcases
Jung Inyoung's Rolling Luggage Concept Provides Power in a Pinch
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23
LED Landscape Scenery
LED Landscape Scenery
Japan's Winter Light Festival Recreates Scenery One Rarely Gets to See
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22
Affordable Lavish Inns
Affordable Lavish Inns
Hostal La Buena Vida Lets You Travel in Style Without Breaking the Bank
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21
Single-Use Toothpaste Packets
Single-Use Toothpaste Packets
The Refresh Travel Toothbrush Set Makes On-the-Go Oral Hygiene Easy
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20
Portable Pocket Tents
Portable Pocket Tents
Martin Azura Has Built a Convenient Shelter for Minimalists
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19
Extreme Outdoor Oasises
Extreme Outdoor Oasises
The Waldseilgarten Resort in Germany Offers Fun and Challenging Adventures
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18
Tot Airplane Hammocks
Tot Airplane Hammocks
The FlyeBaby Provides a Comforting Bed for Traveling Infants
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17
Inflatable Frame Tents
Inflatable Frame Tents
The Heimplanet Cave is Inspired by the Shape of a Diamond
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16
Bold Affordable Accommodation
Bold Affordable Accommodation
Zollhaus Hostel Provides Atmosphere and Aesthetics Beyond the Budget
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15
Paint Swatch Suitcases
Paint Swatch Suitcases
Pantone Universe Luggage Makes Your Travel Experience a Truly Colorful One
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14
Luggage Sound Systems
Luggage Sound Systems
Case of Bass Upcycles Vintage Suitcases
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13
Super Sleek Executive Jets
Super Sleek Executive Jets
The Dassault Falcon S Was Inspired by the Speedy Streamlined Fighter
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12
Seductive Sand-Filled Editorials
Seductive Sand-Filled Editorials
The Kate Friend ‘Illumine’ Highlights a Hedonistic Tr
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11
Fairytale Flower Tunnels
Fairytale Flower Tunnels
The Fuji Garden is Dream-like
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10
Majestically Modern Miami Hotels
Majestically Modern Miami Hotels
The St Regis Bal Harbour Resort is a Luxurious Paradise
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9
Airplane-Adjusted Wheelchairs
Airplane-Adjusted Wheelchairs
Skycare Chair is Optimized for Aircraft Maneuvering and Independence
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8
Compact Cubby Hole Apartments
Compact Cubby Hole Apartments
The Le Refuge Apartments in France are Fully Equipped Wonders
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7
Amphibious Airliners
Amphibious Airliners
Shabtai Hirshberg’s Airplane Concept Makes Use of Aquatic Runways
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6
Seductive Shipwreck Photography
Seductive Shipwreck Photography
The Amina by Fulvio Maiani Editorial is Sensual and Sand-Filled
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5
Rustic Baking-Inspired Restaurant Décor
Rustic Baking-Inspired Restaurant Décor
Pizza Farro Adorns The Ceilings With Vintage Rolling
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4
Mountain Forest Lodgings
Mountain Forest Lodgings
The Treehouse-Style Ecotagnes in the Alps is a Snowy Paradise
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3
Capsular Desert Campers
Capsular Desert Campers
The Walamai Outback Explorer is Built Tough for an Extreme Environment
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2
Portable Wooden Huts
Portable Wooden Huts
Robust Outdoor Brands' POD Houses Make for Eco-Friendly Camping
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1
Comfortable Camping Couches
Comfortable Camping Couches
The Eastpak Sofa Beautifully Blends a Backpack with a Chesterfield
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