Top 20 Up-and-Coming Destinations to Visit in 2019, According to Hostelworld

Top 20 Up-and-Coming Destinations to Visit in 2019, According to Hostelworld

There is something wonderful about visiting a place that’s a little off the beaten track. A place where there's less tourists, more friendly locals and that sense of finding a hidden gem.

To help inspire your next trip, Hostelworld has released a list of up-and-coming global destinations, which it found by calculating the cities and towns that saw the biggest increase in bookings from British travellers between 2017 and 2018.

South-East Asia dominates the list, with the island of Coron in the Philippines taking first place, with a 2,016 per cent increase in bookings in the past year.

Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia. Image: Unsplash
Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia. Image: Unsplash


Nusa Lembongan, an island southeast of Bali in Indonesia, places second, followed by the small and very beautiful town of Ella in Sri Lanka.

Catriona Flood of Hostelworld said of the list, "While regions such as Southeast Asia are likely to always remain popular with backpackers, young people are looking to push the geographical boundaries even further on their quest for once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”

"That sense of heading somewhere others haven’t heard of is intriguing and appealing. People are often drawn to new destinations because they’re keen to come home with exciting tales of beautiful, undiscovered locations they can surprise and delight their friends or family with,” as quoted by Refinery29.

Meanwhile, according to Evening Standard, a recent study by phone brand Huawei founds that just under half of 18 to 25-year-olds look to travel to places that their friends haven’t been, with 33 per cent saying they want to be the first to find new travel hotspots and share photos of it on social media.

Whether you travel for the ‘gram or simply to experience more of the world, these up-and-coming destinations are sure to delight. 

Ninh Binh, Vietnam. Image: Unsplash
Ninh Binh, Vietnam. Image: Unsplash

Here are the 20 up-and-coming destinations to visit this year:

  1. Coron, Philippines
  2. Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia
  3. Ella, Sri Lanka
  4. Holbox, Mexico
  5. Panglao, Philippines
  6. St. Julian’s, Malta
  7. El Nido, Philippines
  8. Canggu, Indonesia
  9. Kaikoura, New Zealand
  10. Uluwatu, Indonesia
  11. Ninh Binh, Vietnam
  12. Mirissa, Sri Lanka
  13. Tbilisi, Georgia
  14. Valladolid, Spain
  15. Verona, Italy
  16. Koh Rong Island, Cambodia
  17. Kiev, Ukraine
  18. Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
  19. Istanbul, Turkey
  20. Caye Caulker, Belize
Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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