The Top 5 Up-And-Coming Holiday Destinations To Visit In 2020

The top 'up-and-coming' holiday destinations for Australians have been revealed, with off-the-beaten-track locations featuring heavily.  

Once popular cities such as Honolulu, Paris, Santorini, and Dubrovnik have seen a decrease in demand, according to the latest data from travel company Expedia, with more and more Aussies searching for more unique travel experiences instead.

So it looks like it might be time to update your bucket list.

Cesme, Turkey

*105 percent increase in demand.

A charming town on the Aegean Coast close to the Greek islands. Popular with kite surfers and wind-surfers, and famous for its thermal spa and mud baths.

Cesme is scattered with history, colourful houses, spas, cheap eateries and an idyllic seafront promenade.

Ilica Beach in Cesme, Turkey. Image: Getty
The traditional Ottoman houses and yachts at marina area in downtown Cesme. Image: Getty

Nagoya, Japan

*50 percent increase in demand

Said to be the home of both samurai and ninja culture, Nagoya offers rich history, unique culinary experiences, and is a manufacturing powerhouse, being the birthplace of Toyota.

Unpretentious Nagoya features museums, temples and excellent shopping, plus it is serviced by Japan's famous bullet train: so a trip to Tokyo will take you just under two hours.

The skyline of Nagoya, Japan. Image: Getty
The Osu shopping district in Nagoya is a popular tourist area containing over 1200 shops and restaurants. Image: Getty

Oaxaca, Mexico

*An almost 80 percent increase in demand

The vibrant UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its arts and crafts, diverse wildlife, beautiful sites and delicious food scene.

The beautiful petrified waterfalls of Hierve al Agua and the settlement of Monte Albán won’t disappoint.

Landscape at hierve El agua mineral pools, Oaxaca. Image: Getty
Female dancers in Oaxaca, Mexico. Image: Getty
Panoramic view of the mountains from the hot springs of Hierve El Agua, Oaxaca. Image: Getty

Senggigi, Indonesia

*75 percent increase in visitors. 

Situated on Bali's neighbouring island Lombok, this tourist hotspot is making a comeback.

Known for its sweeping bays, white sandy beaches and beautiful reef and marine life, Senggigi is perfect for beach lovers and only a short cruise to the popular Gili Islands.

Senggigi beach on Lombok island in Indonesia. Image: Getty
Senggigi Beach, Lombok. Image: Getty

Busan, South Korea

*50 percent rise in demand

South Korea's second-largest city is known for breathtaking beaches, temples and mouth-watering street food.

It is also home to one of the largest hot spring spas in the world and a kaleidoscope of coloured houses and streets.

Gamcheon Culture Village, Busan. Image: Getty
Skyline of Busan at sunset. Image: Getty
Busan, South Korea. Image: Getty

You better get that holiday planned before the secret's out...

*Data is based on hotel demand on for the travel dates of 1 January – 31 December, 2019 compared to exact same period of the previous year.



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