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When you’re on a trip, you probably make a point of scoping out the must-see landmarks and absorbing the local culture. But lately, there’s been a growing demand for experience-based travel, which is likely why Airbnb recently launched a booking feature to help you enjoy such outings during your jaunts. And TripAdvisor‘s 2018 Travel Trends Report is further proof of that trend: More and more Americans are seeking outdoor experiences, particularly on the water, during their trips, the report noted.

Though historical and heritage experiences remain the fastest-growing priorities, aquatic activities dominated half of the top 10 fastest-growing categories.

Though historical and heritage experiences remain as the largest travel priorities, aquatic activities dominated half of the top 10 fastest-growing categories. Sunset cruises were up 89 percent in bookings, followed by snorkeling (69 percent), sailing (55 percent), catamaran cruises (51 percent), and kayaking and canoeing (49 percent). Instead of taking a trip with the goal of basking in the vitamin D by sunbathing (hey, there’s no shame in napping on the beach!), travelers are using their time off from work to have fun out on the water rather than alongside it.

So the next time you’re planning a trip, book a water-centric activity to see what all the fuss is about, and leave room in your carry-on for plenty of cute bathing suits. Sure, make time to wander through a renowned museum and see buzzy artwork, but remember that snorkeling with tropical fish and learning how to sail are likely experiences you’ll never forget.

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