Culture and experience the big travel opportunities of 2015

(BPT) – Feeling tired of the hustle and bustle of metropolitan meccas when on vacation? You’re not alone. Next year, travelers will choose smaller destinations and opportunities to immerse themselves in the local culture. As daily life is increasingly hectic, people will want to unplug and relax without the stressors of a big city.

In 2015, travelers will explore hidden gems across the country. Bing predicts that Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, both in Tennessee, and Savannah, Georgia, will be a few of the top travel destinations in 2015. The slower lifestyle people associate with the south may be a draw, as well as the unique cuisine and beautiful architecture. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is best known as the home to Dollywood, yet offers so much more. Nestled in the Smoky Mountains, the mountain resort has a local population of just over 5,000, yet offers live music, comedy and dinner shows. Among larger cities, Bing predicts that Nashville and New Orleans will increase in popularity, as well.

Another top trend in 2015 will be a growth in services and experiences that help people live like locals. Many travelers feel that more intimate lodging accommodations, restaurants and music venues provide a more authentic taste of the destination. Booking homes, or even just a room, through companies such as Airbnb or VRBO has replaced hotels for many travelers. Millions of guests book on Airbnb for their travels. Not only is it often more affordable, but it also lets them cook meals for themselves and get to know neighbors like a local resident.

Companies such as EatWith connect people with other travelers and locals who share a love for food. For a true taste of the city, visitors dine in a local’s personal home, meeting new people and dining on truly local cuisine. EatWith is already in 150 locations worldwide and is continuing to grow with pop-up dinners in places ranging from Arizona to Kansas to California.

Consider traveling like a local as you make your travel plans for the coming year. Visit www.BingTrends.com for more 2015 predictions.

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