Revealed: the most popular Zoom background pictures

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As coronavirus means that holiday plans have had to be postponed, a lot of us are missing the ability to explore the world.

It’s perhaps unsurprising then that many people are using video calls as an opportunity to virtually travel, with holiday-style Zoom backgrounds seeing a huge 9,900 per cent increase in searches according to Google Trends data.

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With its beautiful beaches and sparkling waters, it may come as no surprise that the Caribbean is the most popular Zoom background.

Long-haul destinations are the favourites, with Sweden making it into the top five from Europe.

Most Popular Zoom Background Destinations ...1 Caribbean2 Australia3 Maldives4 Vietnam5 New Zealand6 Sweden7 Philippines8 Canada9 Brazil10 USA

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The Maldives

When looking at holiday types, such as dramatic mountain scenes or serene waterfalls, it’s safari backdrops that are currently the most popular followed by mountain views and cityscapes.

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Most Popular Zoom Background Landscapes ...1 Safari2 Mountain3 Cityscape4 Beach5 Waterfall6 Sea7 Rainforest8 Field9 Desert10 Lake

Noticing the increase in demand, and hearing of people using their destination imagery as video call backgrounds, luxury travel company Kuoni has released a select set of images and video to be used as Zoom backgrounds.

Kuoni has made 14 backgrounds available, 12 images and two videos.James Nye from Kuoni said: “A few days into lockdown, we started to hear about people using our destination images as backgrounds to their video calls to transport them to somewhere else in the world.”

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