These are the top 10 trending destinations for travellers to explore in 2020
These are 10 of the global destinations that adventurous travellers are flocking to this year, according to booking.com.
The travel website surveyed 22,000 holidaymakers and found that almost three-quarters (70 per cent) said they wanted to go somewhere that offered them experiences they had never had before.
Booking.com has delved into their data to reveal 10 of the top emerging travel destinations for 2020 - including hidden gems in Eastern Europe and under-the-radar spots in Asia.
The company says these locations promise novel experiences, untouched natural beauty, and the chance to soak up the magic before everyone else catches on.
The top 10 are:
Seogwipo, South Korea
The second largest city on South Korea’s Jeju Island, Seogwipo, is a bustling coastal city surrounded by natural wonders of the volcanic coastline.
Seogwipo’s clear blue waters will prove popular with scuba-diving enthusiasts, while nearby Mount Hallasan is a great option for those looking to lace up their boots and take a hike.
Travellers looking to go off-grid with their 2020 travels should head for the mountains in Zabljak, a small town in northern Montenegro and at the centre of the Durmitor mountain region.
Whether travelling in winter for an adrenaline-packed trip on the snowy slopes or during the warmer months to experience thrilling water sports on the lakes and rivers and hiking trails nearby, this destination appeals all year round.
For history lovers, Armenia’s capital Yerevan’s past and spectacular architecture makes it a must-experience destination.
After exploring the ruins of the Zvartnos temple located within the Ararat Plateau, visitors can take in views of the surrounding mountains.
Bright colonial architecture with colourful and unique landscapes nearby, Salta is located in the heart of the Argentine Andes.
Whether taking in the colourful cityscape with a visit to San Francisco Church, a historic church and monastery that dates back to the 1600s, or exploring the nearby Salinas Grandes (salt flats), a trip to this beautiful part of the world will leave a colourful impression.
Il Gzira, Malta
This stunning seaside destination takes its name from the Maltese word for “island” and with the city’s sweeping Marsamxett harbour overlooking Manoel Island, it’s not hard to see why.
Fort Manoel, which was built in 1726 on Manoel Island adjacent to the town itself, makes a great day trip for travellers to learn more about the town’s history and the island’s past as a hospital quarantine.
Ninh Binh, Vietnam
Quieter than nearby Halong Bay, Ninh Binh offers travellers a luscious scenic escape just a few hours away from bustling Hanoi.
Outside the city itself, Ninh Binh province is a medley of mountains, rivers, caves, rice fields and pagodas.
Located in northwest Poland, Swinoujscie is a beautiful port town on the Baltic Sea that’s a perfect destination for water lovers, and adrenaline junkies can dive into aquatic adventures, spending the day doing water sports on Swinoujscie Beach, one of the widest beaches in Poland.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico's capital San Juan is an extraordinary Caribbean destination boasting vibrant culture and architecture.
With a thriving art scene, San Juan’s streets are adorned with street art while more architecturally-minded travellers can enjoy El Morro, Castillo de San Cristobal and Paseo de la Princesa.
Takamatsu, also known as Udon Kingdom and the Gateway of Shikoku, is a port town that’s the perfect vacation for travellers interested in vibrant food scenes and scenic backdrops.
A must-visit is the picturesque Ritsurin Park - a Japanese national treasure and home to many tea houses where travellers can experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
The stunning city of Jodhpur is known as one of the most colourful cities in the world, with thousands of blue houses transforming the urban landscape into a sea of ocean-coloured buildings.
Jodhpur is home to the Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace and the Mandore Gardens, ideal for culture vultures interested in architecture and museums.