The top ten trending destinations for 2018 – and THREE are in Eastern Europe; Caroline McGuire; The Sun

Latvia – Historic Centre of Riga


THE sun rises in the east… and sets in the east this summer.

TripAdvisor have revealed their Travellers’ Choice Awards for Destinations on the Rise -and three of the top ten are in Eastern Europe.

While Japan’s Ishigaki was revealed as the top trending destination in the world, Gdańsk in Poland, Riga in Latvia and Croatia’s Rovinj also made the list.

Award-winners were determined by measuring the year-over-year increase in positive TripAdvisor traveller ratings for accommodations, restaurants and attractions, and increase in booking interest.

Hayley Coleman, TripAdvisor spokesperson said: “Eastern Europe is dominating as a 2018 hotspot – for UK travellers this is great news as it’s easy to pop over for a weekend trip at pretty low cost.”

1. Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki is an island in Okinawa.

Home to sandy beaches and coral reefs, the destination is a popular diving spot.

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