There’s really no way around it anymore—a huge motivating factor for young travelers when deciding on a destination comes down to how aesthetically pleasing a city or its tourist hot spots are. Whether it’s really just for social media clout or that society has simply grown to appreciate the visuals of a new country more so than previous generations, Icelandair has recently developed an analysis that seems to suggest the former.
The Iceland-based airline used social media data, customer reviews, population stats, and search volume to come up with a definitive, data-driven list of the “Insta-World Wonders,” and while some, like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, should come as no surprise—there are a handful of new wonders of the world that you’ve likely yet to hit up.
Based on Icelandair’s research, below are the Seven Insta-World Wonders that are a must-visit for anyone who is driven by aesthetically-pleasing settings—or who simply want to level up their Instagram feed.
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
It should come as no surprise that the Eiffel Tower tops the list at number one. The famous landmark is one of the most recognizable structures in the world and over seven million people visit the iconic French building each year.
Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE
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Empire State Building, New York City, USA