Want to be on the cutting edge of what’s hot in the travel world next year? I’ve culled world tourism stats and checked in with tour operators to uncover nine trending travel destinations that have seen a sizable jump in bookings and visitors over the past year. Some are up-and-coming hot spots while others are classics making a comeback. Either way, you get a novel experience at these destinations on the rise, from brand-new attractions to remote trails with views few others have laid eyes on.
If you’ve been there, done that at Machu Picchu, you’re not alone. This year Peru posted remarkable growth, thanks to an increase in arrivals from its neighbors and from Asia, according to the UN World Tourism Barometer. Peru is G Adventures’ top tour destination in the world, and this year’s bookings broke 2017 records.
Tour operators continue to expand their offerings in Peru, and the latest demand is for itineraries that are lesser known and less crowded, says Dan Peltier of Skift. KE Adventure Travel recently released its 2019 Guide to Adventure, which includes an entire section on Machu Picchu alternatives that take travelers to more remote places in Peru.