[RANKED] The Most 'Trending Destinations' of 2020

[RANKED] The Most 'Trending Destinations' of 2020
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A coastal town in southwestern India, a medieval city in Portugal and a region in the northern Philippines which is home to the world's most famous sunsets were the most discussed destinations on TripAdvisor over the past year.

The world’s largest travel platform, on Tuesday announced the winners of its 2020 Travellers' Choice Destination awards, which recognise the places which have seen the biggest increases in positive reviews and ratings.

It is determined using an algorithm that measured year-over-year increase in positive Tripadvisor traveler review ratings for accommodations, restaurants and attractions, and increase in booking interest and searches across destinations worldwide. 

Banaue Rice Terraces, UNESCO World Heritage. Image:
Banaue Rice Terraces, UNESCO World Heritage. Image:


Kochi, a port city in southwestern India, enjoyed the biggest spike in five-star reviews, ratings and traveller interest on TripAdvisor over the last year.

It was closely followed by Luzon, a lush green region in the Philippines which is home to the capital Manila, and Porto, a historic city in northern Portugal filled with winding cobbled streets and some of the world's finest wine cellars, Daily Mail Australia noted.

Other Southeast Asian destinations that made the list include Lombok (Indonesia) and Da Nang (Vietnam). Lombok in Indonesia is noted for travellers looking for a laid back holiday with fewer crowds than nearby Bali (just a ferry ride away). The island is home to gorgeous beaches and world-class diving spots, plus endless hiking options that can take you to waterfalls or even a volcano.

Danang Golden Bridge. Image:
Danang Golden Bridge. Image:


Da Nang shares the laid-back and friendly atmosphere of Lombok, but with the limestone caves, Buddhist grottos of the Marble Mountains, and local Vietnamese savory street foods.


Here are the top 10 ‘World’s Trending Destinations’ according to Tripadvisor:

  1. Kochi (Cochin), India
  2. Luzon, Philippines
  3. Porto, Portugal
  4. Porto Seguro, Brazil
  5. Gramado, Brazil
  6. Lombok, Indonesia
  7. Da Nang, Vietnam 
  8. Zakynthos, Greece
  9. Tel Aviv, Israel
  10. Krakow, Poland 



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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