TripAdvisor has announced the list of Travelers’ Choice awards for Destinations on the Rise – World. Ishigaki, an island in Japan’s southwestern Okinawa perfecture, is currently the world’s top trending travel destinations for 2018 while the small Hawaiian town of Kapaa and Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi are both ranked second and third respectively.
Despite being relatively unknown, Ishigaki is a beautiful tropical paradise with secluded white beaches, pristine blue waters with aquatic animals such as manta rays, stonefish, crown-of-thorns starfish, jelly fish and sea turtles, rare corals, sugarcane fields, lush mountainsides and mangroves.
The Japanese island is also a hot spot for scuba divers and snorkellers and known for its Yaeyama soba noodles. Tourists are also familiar with the traditional Okinawan donuts called Satah Andagi, Gelato ice cream and Beef sashimi.
For this year’s awards, TripAdvisor measured year-over-year increase in positive traveler review ratings for accommodations, restaurants and attractions, as well as increase in search and booking interest.
Here are the ‘Top Trending Travel Destinations For 2018’according to TripAdvisor:
- Ishigaki, Japan
- Kapaa, Hawaii
- Nairobi, Kenya
- Halifax, Canada
- Gdansk, Poland
- San Jose, Costa Rica
- Riga, Latvia
- Rovinj, Croatia
- Nerja, Spain
- Casablanca, Morocco
Source: TripAdvisor (PRNewswire)