TripAdvisor’s List of Up-and-Comers

TripAdvisor-logoI occasionally have contributed to TripAdvisor, an important travel info and booking site, and many of my friends are more conscientious about reviewing destinations, hotels, attractions and so on there. I’m intrigued by the site’s new list of top global and U.S. destinations that it deems are “on the rise.” Internationally, the only one I’ve visited is Jerusalem, but Havana, Nepal (or elsewhere in the Himalayas) and Hanoi are high on my bucket list.

The site’s “Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in the World”

  1. Havana, Cuba
  2. La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
  3. Kathmandu, Nepal
  4. Jerusalem, Israel
  5. Cusco, Peru
  6. Ambergris Caye, Belize
  7. Sapporo, Japan
  8. Hanoi, Vietnam
  9. Corralejo, Spain
  10. Fortaleza, Brazil

Domestically, I’ve been to every place on the list other than Destin and Galveston, but I’m not much for Sunbelt destinations. Still, I do like Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, because it feels like a real place — one filled with visitors, of course, but still not a tourist development like, say, the Kohala Coast, built on a lava flow just for tourists.

TripAdvisor’s “Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in the U.S.”

  1. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
  2. Anchorage, Alaska
  3. Destin, Florida
  4. Bar Harbor, Maine
  5. Santa Fe, New Mexico
  6. Jackson, Wyoming
  7. Galveston, Texas
  8. Brooklyn, New York
  9. Moab, Utah
  10. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania