There’s no denying that Thailand is trendy and Iceland is hot, but if you’re looking for a vacation destination that’s a little more out of the ordinary, TripAdvisor’s 2018 travelers choice awards brim with inspiration.
The travel website’s just-released list of “destinations on the rise” include some unexpected picks, from sunny, beachy Nerja, a resort town on Spain’s Costa del Sol, to a tropical island in Japan. There are the architectural splendors of Latvia’s Riga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the port city charms of Poland’s Gdansk, perched on the Baltic Sea.
The United States scored just one spot on the list: Kapaa on the island of Kauai came in at No. 2.
The rest is a globetrotting delight, with destinations from Nova Scotia to Kenya and Costa Rica. The list even includes a Croatian town not used — shocking! — as a “Game of Thrones” filming location. (At least, we think not. And IMDb agrees.)
Here’s just a taste. Find the rest, plus tips on what to see and where to stay at www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice.
- Ishigaki, Japan
- Kapaa, Hawaii
- Nairobi, Kenya
- Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Gdansk, Poland
- San Jose, Costa Rica