10 on-trend destinations to visit now

We are almost half way through the year, and it’s time to start planning the next vacay. Forget Berlin, or the Greek islands, these are the destinations trending across the globe in 2017.

Do you need some inspiration for your next holiday travels? Check out these ten destinations Trivago have found as the trending up-and-coming gems from around the world. They have been rapidly gaining popularity in searches over the past two years in multiple tourism markets around the world.

Along with insight into the cheapest and most expensive moths for each of the trending destinations, Trivago has recommended the ideal hotel for travellers.

The cost of these travel periods are determined by the Trivago Hotel Price index, which tracks price fluctuations and accommodation trends from over 200 booking sites and 1.3 million hotels worldwide, to forecast the average nightly rate of a standard double room on a monthly basis.

10. Torrevieja, Spain

Cityscape of Torrevieja. Costa Blanca. Spain

Best for: The family-resort traveller
Cheapest time to travel: March, average hotel price of $88
Most expensive time to travel: August, average hotel price of $173
Top hotel pick: Playa de Torrevieja

Torrevieja is an up-and-coming resort town on the Costa Blanca coastline with a Mediterranean climate and a seashore backed by resorts.  The destination is known as a local and cosy fishing village with a population of under 85 thousand. It is the perfect family getaway offering colourful salt lakes, nature park trails and salt-mining history.

9. Crikvenica, Croatia

Crikvenica, small city in Croatia.
Best for: The experienced Europe traveller
Cheapest time to travel: March, average hotel price of $89
Most expensive time to travel: August, average hotel price of $177
Top hotel pick: Kvarner Palace

Experienced travellers already familiar with Pula and Dubrovnik should add Croatia’s Crikvenica of the Vinodol coastal area to the list.

The trending Balkan gem is an idyllic summer destination where you can bask in the low-key atmosphere of the 12 thousand residents while also learning about the town’s development on the site of a Roman era settlement.

8. Cape Town, South Africa 

Stunning evening photo of Camps Bay, an affluent suburb of Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. With its white beach, Camps Bay attracts a large number of foreign visitors as well as South Africans.
Best for: The active traveller
Cheapest time to travel: July, average hotel price of $136
Most expensive time to travel: December, average hotel price of $217
Top hotel pick: Queen Victoria

Cape Town boasts a diverse offering of cuisines, cultures and history. With Table Mountain as its the backdrop and a world class beach at its forefront, Cape Town is the perfect city to tuck into copious amounts of activities and experiences.

Cape Town exudes off a feeling of limitlessness for travellers who enjoy being outside and on the move.

7. Cancun, Mexico 

Caribbean beach Tulum - Mexico Mayan Riviera
Best for: The nightlife traveller
Cheapest time to travel: October, average hotel price of $183
Most expensive time to travel: January, average hotel price of $258
Top hotel pick: Le Blanc Spa Resort

Everyone knows Cancun as the notorious spring break destination but how many Australians have visited it?  Does it have more to offer than an ostentatious hotel and party scene?

There is no denying the glitzy parties, but the city encompasses a stellar local salsa scene in the downtown district to mix up the rhythm as well as stunning turquoise-coloured beaches to wash away the hangover from the night before.

6. Cartagena, Colombia

Cathedral and Balconies
Best for: The photography traveller
Cheapest time to travel: December, average hotel price of $99
Most expensive time to travel:  May, average hotel price of $117
Top hotel pick: Casa San Agustin

For travellers who live for travel photography, Cartagena is a haven of bursting colours and colonial charm that few can resist. With a mixture of characteristics, the city offers travel photographers historical cobblestone streets, squares and a stunning cathedral as well as white-sand beaches gently shaded by palm trees.

The city was founded in the 16th Century and its Old Town is walled from the sea.

5. Malacca, Malaysia

Historical part of the old malaysian town Malacca, Malaysia
Best for: The culture-enthused traveller
Cheapest time to travel: March & April, average hotel price of $54
Most expensive time to travel: May, average hotel price of $67
Top hotel pick: The Majestic Malacca

Malacca (Melaka) is a city for the strolling traveller who enjoys food and cultural learning.  Riverside promenades, art galleries, antique shops and night markets rule the scene among its colonial architecture setting.

The city is filled with stories of history and township traditions but in the past it fell into the shadow of Singapore as a travel destination.  Malacca has been back on the rise over the past two years.

4. Alicante, Spain


Best for: The night hawk traveller
Cheapest time to travel: November & January, average hotel price of $93
Most expensive time to travel: August, average hotel price of $161
Top hotel pick: Sercotel Suites del Mar

Alicante is bustling with energy by night as much as it is by day, particularly in the lively neighbourhood el Barrio which is situated near the Cathedral.

 el Barrio has an abundance of bars, terraces and restaurants.  Whilst Alicante is famed for its narrow streets, its appeal to writers and poets, and 7000 years of existence, the most iconic site is the Castle of Santa Barbara which sits atop the city’s unique Mount Benacantil backdrop.

Locals view it as a protector of the city, overlooking the township day and night.

3. Fethiye, Turkey


Best for: The “this is Paradise” traveller
Cheapest time to travel: March, average hotel price of $76
Most expensive time to travel: July, average hotel price of $137
Top hotel pick: Hillside Beach Club

Thanks to a cameo in thriller, Skyfall, and its status as a yacht haven, Fethiye is on the up.  Known for its turquoise waters, rock tombs as old as 4th century B.C. and near-city islands, Fethiye and its natural harbour is growing in popularity.  Fethiye is a well-kept secret destination from the international travel market.  

Despite its reasonably low hotel prices, yacht tours and islands close enough for day trips, the region has flown under the radar for its restrictions on high-rise hotels.

2. Varadero, Cuba


Best for: The luxury resort traveller
Cheapest time to travel: May, average hotel price of $192
Most expensive time to travel: February, average hotel price of $315
Top hotel pick: Melia Varadero

Varadero boasts one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. It is a resort town with a 20km coastal strip lined with hotels and spa complexes. 

The Reserva Ecológica Varahicacos is worth a visit with trails and an ancient burial cave to explore before a visit to the day spa to relax before poolside cocktails.

1. Reykjavik, Iceland 

Reykjavik the capital city of Iceland.
Best for: The contemplative traveller
Cheapest time to travel: December, average hotel price of $196
Most expensive time to travel: July, average hotel price of $372
Top hotel pick: Reykjavik Lights

With its unique landscapes, Viking history and endless summer nights, the beauty that is Reykjavik has seen the city climbing the ranks in popularity over the past years.  From the sweeping views of the silver-coloured sea and nearby snowy hills to the geothermal pools that illustrate the island’s volcanic activity, the city is trending for its natural state of beauty and authenticity.

The population of Reykjavik is 123 thousand, and national population is 330 thousand.  The city houses the country’s most valuable and infatuating artefacts from the era of the Viking and other eras.


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