The 10 New Travel Hotspots To Get To Before Everyone Else
Pack your bags and head there now, before we do!
Planning a holiday for the end of the year and want some inspo? Then you've come to the right place -- especially if you're the kind of traveller who likes to head somewhere cool, new and interesting. You see, Trip Advisor have released their 10 World Destinations On The Rise, so you can have your finger firmly on the travel pulse and beat the crowds.
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An island in the Yaeyamas , in Japan’s southwestern Okinawa Prefecture, Ishigaki is known for beaches and sites for snorkeling, diving and surfing. The water is crystal blue here, and there are loads of tropical fish and coral covered areas to look at as well as some pretty decent star gazing, if that's your bag. Be warned though, the food here can be different from most of Japan -- for some reason Spam is very popular.
This tiny town on the island of Kauai is classic Hawaii -- all slow sleepy town, lovely crafts, amazingly good food and some beaut scenery. Head to Ke Ala Hele Makalae or “the path that goes by the coast” and stroll or ride a bike along this passageway that stretches from Wailua to Ahihi Point -- you may see some native wildlife including monk seals and humpback whales. You're welcome.
Known as the safari capital of Africa, Nairobi is an energetic, modern city with great nightlife and access to wildlife like you wouldn't believe. Top places to head to include the Karen Blixen Museum, the Giraffe Centre (where you can feed the giraffes) and the awesomeness of black rhinos, zebras, lions and leopards in Nairobi National Park.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
So heading to Canada isn't exactly new -- but heading away from Vancouver or Toronto is what it's all about. Immerse yourself in Halifax's rich history by walking around the city, and be sure to head to the 18th-century Citadel National Historic Site. Cute, coloured waterfront buildings, friendly locals and more bars and restaurants than you can poke a stick at -- that's what makes this place so worth a visit! Very instagrammable.
One of Poland’s most beautiful cities, Gdansk is on the Baltic Sea and really is a postcard waiting to happen. Think colourful buildings along the Długi Targ (Long Market) which was once the main city market and is now the major focus for visitors, a rich history of war and uprising and a maritime tradition going back hundreds of years. Pretty as a picture.
San Jose, Costa Rica
People go to Costa Rica for the beaches and miss out on this city -- and according to those in the know, it's worth having a look around. There are loads of very pretty old colonial mansions here, and they've been turned into galleries and restaurants galore. The town itself is filled with life -- great clubs, bars and museums mean that there is something to do any time of day.
Another Baltic beauty -- Riga is at the mouth of the River Daugava. It's known for its wooden buildings, art nouveau architecture and medieval Old Town, which has many shops and restaurants and is home to busy Livu Square, with loads of bars and nightclubs. The food scene is huge here, the markets are amazing and it's one of those places that has something for everyone, you just need to look beneath the surface (which is pretty spectacular itself!)
Rovinj is a charmingly picturesque town with narrow, cobbled streets -- it all looks very Italian and yes, it's very cool. Even more charming is the fact that it was once an island -- 250 years ago the narrow channel which separated it from the mainland was filled in. It's delightfully pretty, and also lively with its numerous cafes and restaurants, galleries and an active fishing port. Heaven.
Positioned at the eastern tip of the Costa del Sol, Nerja hasn't been taken over by Brits, high rise hotels and tourists just yet (surely it's just a matter of time?!), and it has nearly 10 miles of powdery beaches featuring activities like water skiing, scuba diving and sailing. The town's huge promenade -- the Balcon de Europa -- delivers panoramic Mediterranean views and it's where the town goes to walk in the evenings... Nerja is one of the few places to have kept its traditional charm, with whitewashed houses and narrow streets.
Casablanca is a large, modern city, but the former French colonial post also boasts a medina and Old City so you can get the best of all worlds. Casa (as locals call it) isn’t too touristy, but it’s the most cosmopolitan and Western-feeling city in Morocco. The crooked lanes, occasional tree-shaded square and well-frequented local cafes of the Medina here make it a popular route for those walking between downtown Casablanca and the Hassan II Mosque, which is a must see. Gritty and pretty.
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