In this social media-centric world we live in, destinations are constantly booming with tourism thanks to a simple Instagram post. While traveling to popular cities like London and Paris are enticing, there are tons of up-and-coming areas throughout Europe, South America, Asia, and more that should be on your bucket list when thinking about your next big trip. Read on to learn the five destinations to visit now, before they become total hot spots.
1. Singapore: Following the hit movie Crazy Rich Asians, which was filmed mostly in Singapore, the region’s popularity quickly skyrocketed. If you scroll through your Instagram feed, you’ll most likely see the top travel bloggers photographing the colorful houses of Koon Seng Road, the installation at ArtScience Museum, and the awe-inspiring Gardens by the Bay nature park. Since last year, several new trendy hotels have popped up throughout Singapore including Hotel Indigo Singapore in the Katong neighborhood and The Warehouse Hotel on the river
2. Millahue Valley, Chile: Chile’s stunning wine country is an under-the-radar destination in South America that is about to get an increase in tourism. The newly opened Puro Vik hotel is comprised of 19 floor-to-ceiling windowed bungalows overlooking the valley. A stay includes all meals (including wine, of course), horseback riding, hiking, wine tastings, astronomy evening walks, and more. The hotel’s sister property, Vik Chile, is also nearby making it a luxurious and serene getaway for travelers.
3. Northland, New Zealand: In the Northland of New Zealand is Russel, the seaport town situated in the Bay of Islands. It’s a mix of small-town vibes, beaches, and local wineries. When visiting New Zealand, this area is a must-do, along with staying at Helena Bay Lodge, which is located on private farmland about an hour drive from Russel. The lodge offers luxurious villas with beachfront views, Michelin-starred cuisine, a private helicopter, and more.
4. Puglia, Italy: While Amalfi Coast, Florence, and Rome usually take the lead as the most popular Italian destinations, Puglia is making its way to the top of the list. The Southern region of Italy is filled with picturesque whitewashed hill towns, Mediterranean coastline, and vibrant ports. If you want to experience the authentic culture and food in Puglia, book your trip now before it gets too crowded.
5. The Azores, Portugal: Travel has become more adventurous and off-the-beaten-path, so it’s natural that The Azores islands are becoming increasingly popular. From the dramatic landscapes to fishing villages and black-sand beaches, it’s bound to become the next big destination in Europe. The top-rated hotel in the region is Azor Hotel, which is a 123-room property overlooking the sea. Another hidden-gem destination in Portugal is Algarve - here is my guide.