If you care about what’s hot in the world travel next year, this article will make you feel satisfied. We’ve checked with tour operators to find out 5 trending travel destinations that have seen a sizable plunge in bookings and tourists over the past years.

Some are up-and-coming hot spots while others are classics making a comeback. Either way, you get a novel experience at these destinations, from brand-new attractions to remote trails with views few others have laid eyes on.


Piece of history
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If you’ve been there, you’re not alone. This year Peru posted outstanding growth, due to an increase in tourists from its local areas and from Asia, through the United Nations World Tourism Barometer. Peru is a G Adventures’ top tourist destination in the world, and this year’s bookings broke 2017 records.

Tour operators still expand their service in Peru, and the latent demand is for destinations that are lesser-known and less crowded, says Dan Peltier of Skift. KE Adventure Travel recently released its 2019 Guide to travel, which has a whole section on Machu Picchu options that take travelers to more remote places in Peru.

2. Greenville, South Carolina

Lake near Furman University
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Once an attractive second place to Southern powerhouses that love culinary such as Charleston and Nashville, Greenville is stepping into the limelight with hot new restaurants.

The city will soon be home to an outpost of Sean Brock's heirloom-crop-focused Husk and a food-centric market hall referred to as the Commons. Recent additions consist of modern Italian areas from Michael Kramer (the opening executive chef of McCrady's in Charleston, pre-Brock) to the Vault & Vator lounge. It's an amazing collection of quality restaurants for a city of just over 67,000.

3. Egypt

Influences of the past —
Stories, desire and a vivid imagination
attract people to this place.
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Egypt is prepared for its new Grand Egyptian Museum, a 117-acre museum built-in view of the old Pyramids of Giza, a 2020 opening. Over 43,000 artifacts—including chariots, mummies, masks, and sandals—have been returned to Egypt to make up the collection, mostly inspired by King Tut’s tomb.

Tourism is rebounding strongly in Egypt, via United Nations World Tourism Barometer visitor statistics. G Adventures increases 110% booking compared to last year's number, and the country’s revenues from tourism jumped by 155% in the first 9 months of this financial year.

4. Israel

Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel
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Geopolitical stability, new air routes, and successful marketing are paying off in Israel. This year, because the destination celebrates its 70th birthday and the U.S. Embassy opens in Jerusalem, Israel is hotter than ever.

Until 2018, Israel had never increased over 2 million visitors in a half-year period. Through the Hotel Management Magazine, 35 hotel projects have received an infusion of nearly $50 million in government grants leading to the approval of 2,570 new guest rooms. In August, United Airlines declared a new nonstop service between Washington, D.C. and Tel Aviv. These conveniences will help Israel attract more visitors than ever.

5. Zambia

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Until now, Zambia has had little recognition as one of Africa’s nice destinations. However, specialists know it because of the birthplace of the walking competition, as well as the home to some of the most highly trained guides on the continent.

In South Luangwa national park, visitors can expect to see more animals than baobab trees, while Liuwa Plain national park is the setting for the world’s second-largest gnu migration once tens of thousands of the creatures head across the plain from neighboring Angola. Last year saw the arrival of Liuwa’s first permanent camp: King Lewanika Lodge, a six-villa safari lodge overlooking a watering hole where hyenas and antelope gather.