The end of year is nigh, and you know what that means – it’s time to start thinking about where you’ll be jetting off to in 2016. The brains behind TripAdvisor have just released the results of their 2015 Travellers’ Choice Awards, officially crowning the new #ontrend destinations for the new year.
The resort town of Tulum on Mexico’s Caribbean coast has taken out the top spot on the list, with TripAdvisor noting the city’s mix of relaxation and romance are a huge draw card. A traditional Mayan city, Tulum has transformed itself into a popular beach hotspot, all the while staying true to its ancient heritage. Away from the hoards of crowds from the nearby Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Tulum will adequately satisfy both budding archeologists and beach-lovers.
Tulum was followed by the colourful Colombian fishing town of Cartagena in the number two spot, which was praised for its easily explorable cobblestone streets as well as its beautiful architecture. Porto in Portugal followed suite, with entries from Brighton in the UK, Banff in Canada and Foz do Iguacu in Brazil rounding out the top 10.
Check out the eclectic mix of cities that made it onto TripAdvisor‘s list below, and click here for the full list of destinations on the rise.
TripAdvisor‘s Travellers’ Choice world’s top 10 destinations on the rise
#1 Tulum, Mexico
#2 Cartagena, Colombia
#3 Porto, Portugal
#4 Gatlinburg, Tennessee
#5 Moscow, Russia
#6 Brighton, United Kingdom
#7 New Delhi, India
#8 Banff, Canada
#9 Lima, Peru
#10 Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
Looking for something a little closer to home? TripAdvisor have also calculated a few future hotspots of the South Pacific too. The sun-kissed city of Brisbane has taken out the number one spot, with the travel institution noting the city’s culture, beautiful beaches and animal sanctuaries as a huge draw card for visitors.
New Zealand’s Queenstown came in a close second – the stunning city is great for adventure and nature enthusiasts as well as those who wish to travel to Middle Earth, with most of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy having been filmed there. Other notable mentions go to the hip cultural hub of Wellington in New Zealand, as well as the wine region of Margaret River in South Australia, and the beautiful town of Broome in WA.
Check out the list of South Pacific destinations below, and click here for TripAdvisor‘s full list.
TripAdvisor‘s Travellers’ Choice top 10 destinations on the rise: the South Pacific
#1 Brisbane, Australia
#2 Queenstown, New Zealand
#3 Auckland, New Zealand
#4 Wellington, New Zealand
#5 Hobart, Australia
#6 Christchurch, New Zealand
#7 Taupo, New Zealand
#8 Margaret River, Australia
#9 Broome, Australia
#10 Surfers Paradise, Australia
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