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 www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice.

  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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