TripAdvisor’s top 10 destinations on the rise for 2018; Jackie Burrell; Mercury News

Latvia – Historic Centre of Riga

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

  1. Ishigaki, Japan
  2. Kapaa, Hawaii
  3. Nairobi, Kenya
  4. Halifax, Nova Scotia
  5. Gdansk, Poland
  6. San Jose, Costa Rica

Source: TripAdvisor’s top 10 destinations on the rise for 2018


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