The hottest emerging travel destinations around the world

 Dec 23, 2014

Whether it’s an entire country, an upcoming suburb or an unsung city on the rise, travellers are always looking for the latest travel destination to visit.

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Nothing sparks the travel bug quite like discovering a part of the world where the road is less travelled, or a city buzzing with energy and culture.

From volcano boarding and winter-free islands, to a place where you can meditate on freedom - here is a list of emerging travel destinations to consider for your next adventure.

Destination: Uruguay
Why: One of South American’s best kept secrets, Uruguay is a great alternative to Brazil. With its impressive beaches, lively cities, fantastic steak dinners and a dynamic party vibe, this destination is a great place to holiday.

If you want a break from the beaches, Uruguay is also home to a number of boutique wineries, just a short drive from the capital city of Montevideo. For a unique South American experience, meet the winemakers and enjoying some excellent farm-to-table dining.

Destination: Riga, Latvia
Why: One of the hottest places to visit right now is Riga, located in Latvia, Eastern Europe. Riga is the 2014 European Capital of Culture.

If stunning architecture, local gourmet food and rich heritage is your thing, then Riga is a city that should be on your travel bucket list. With narrow cobbled streets, charming houses and canal trips around the city, you won’t want to leave the laid-back and relaxed vibe of this beautiful city.

Destination: Nicaragua
Why: Located in Central America, this country is home to the largest lowland rainforest reserve in Central America.

With the North Pacific Ocean to the west and miles of coastline to explore, it’s earning a reputation as a great surfing destination.

If you’re seeking a culture hit, travel to Granada for some well-preserved colonial architecture. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, why not try volcano boarding down Cerro Negro! 

Destination: Hainan Island
Why: Riding the wave of China’s economic boom, this island is a rising destination located in the tropical area of China.

Known as ‘Coconut Island’, this island is known for its – yes, you guessed it - production of coconuts. If you’re craving a beach break, then consider this island alternative. On this island there is no winter – it’s warm all year round, so there will be plenty of time to catch up on your reading list while soaking up some rays.

So check out the hot springs, visit traditional temples, trek the National Geopark, grab a coconut and kick back and relax on the beach.

Destination: Cape Town, South Africa
Why: Following in the steps of Seoul and Helsinki, this coastal city takes up the post of World Design Capital in 2014. This city is a melting pot of colour, sound and taste.
Voted as the Number 1 place to visit in 2014 by The New York Times, this city has been described as “a place to meditate on freedom and the creativity that followed”. Cape Town has it all - scenic drives, beautiful beaches and inspiring culture and heritage.

Destination: Hvar, Croatia
Why: While the hip European crowd have been coming here for years, Hvar has recently become a destination for international travellers from around the world.
If you’re looking for an alternative to the more popular Spanish party islands, the Mediterranean island of Hvar is a fantastic choice. With loads of bars, shopping, yachting trips and sophisticated restaurants, there’s plenty to accommodate every type of travel experience.

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Before you pack your bags and run out the door to hop on the next flight, don’t forget to organise your international travel insurance. The best travel insurance is one that covers you for overseas medical expenses and cancellations, should the unexpected happen on your epic adventure.

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