This Was Uber’s Most Visited Tourist Destination in 2018

Dec 11, 2018

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Now that Uber is a global company, it has heaps of data on how people move all over the world. It’s using that data to help urban planners, but has also been caught in some sticky situations with tracking riders and drivers after they’ve closed out of the app.

However, it’s lead to some interesting findings about the way people use the service, which the ride-hailing company released in its key global trends from 2018 as well as predictions for 2019.

Uber is a popular tool to use when traveling, so the company listed its top 15 tourists destinations for 2018. And they aren’t all that surprising:

  1. Empire State Building
  2. Freedom Tower
  3. CN Tower
  4. Arc de Triomphe
  5. Eiffel Tower
  6. Burj Khalifa
  7. Buckingham Palace
  8. Disneyland
  9. Golden Gate Bridge
  10. Sydney Opera House
  11. The Blue Mosque
  12. Berlin Wall
  13. The Vatican
  14. Christ the Redeemer
  15. Great Pyramid of Giza

Uber even claims to have found someone who’d give Brian Kelly or Zach Honig a run for their money, this person took Uber trips in more than 126 cities this year!

The busiest day of the year for Uber was St. Patrick’s Day, and living up to the title of “The City That Never Sleeps,” New Yorkers took the most rides after 2am.

In terms of actual miles traveled the US, Brazil and India took the top three spots, which can be explained considering their large populations and sprawling geography.

Not to be forgotten, riders of Uber’s new scooters and Jump Bikes have already put nearly 4.1 million miles on the services.

One of fastest growing parts of Uber’s business is its food delivery service, Uber Eats. True to its millennial user base, the two trendiest food items were toast and avocado. Here are the top 25 food items ordered through the service:

  1. Toast
  2. Avocado
  3. Black colored foods/goth food
  4. Cucumber
  5. Wings
  6. Tofu
  7. Soup
  8. Celery
  9. Tuna
  10. Tacos
  11. Salmon
  12. Coconut
  13. Brown Rice
  14. Hummus
  15. Kale
  16. Seaweed
  17. Poke
  18. Sushi
  19. Sriracha
  20. Acai
  21. “Bowls”
  22. Tea
  23. Truffle
  24. Edamame
  25. Barbecue

Two standout orders include $1,546 spent on one order of Chinese pastries and another $995 order from Papa John’s pizzas. Seattle saw the most coffee orders out of any cities, likely from a little known business named Starbucks…

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 23: An Uber Eats food delivery rider on February 23, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. Deliveroo is calling on the government for a charter to allow gig economy platforms to provide benefits to freelancers without their employment status changing. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
An Uber Eats food delivery rider on February 23, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

Uber says it’s seeing more people turn to healthier food options instead of the traditional delivery foods like pizza and Chinese food. That includes vegetarian items like tofu and seitan as well as other plant-based foods like bee pollen and edible flowers. Fermented foods (i.e. kombucha and kimchi) and alternative milks (i.e. pea milk) are on the rise on the delivery service.

Finally, the survey found that recently trendy foods are on the decline as we approach the new year. These include instagram favorites like acai and rainbow-colored foods:

  1. Brussel sprouts
  2. Unicorn / rainbow foods
  3. Aloe vera
  4. Dragonfruit
  5. Seaweed
  6. Acai
  7. Avocado
  8. Sushiritos
  9. Millennial pink foods
  10. Cold brew
The company says it will be sending out emails over the next few weeks to individual users with their personal year in review.
Featured image courtesy of Uber. 
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