Emerging travel destinations, Agra is passe. In India, more foreign tourists now want to visit Jodhpur, than the city of Taj. Don’t take our word for it? Take that of digital travel leader booking.com, which has delved into global booking trends to reveal the top 10 emerging travel destinations for 2020.
And the Rajasthan city figures prominently alongside hidden gems in Eastern Europe and Asia on the list as travel destinations promising novel experiences, untouched natural beauty and the chance to soak up the magic before everyone else catches on.
Known as one of the most colourful cities in the world, Jodhpur is a landscape full of blue houses and monuments such as Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace and the Mandore Gardens.
Ninh Binh, Vietnam
Often referred to as the “Ha Long Bay on land”, Ninh Binh is a dense patch of greenery that emerges from land rather than water. Quieter than its nearby namesake, it offers travellers a scenic escape just a few hours away from bustling Hanoi. Outside the city itself, the province is a medley of mountains, rivers, caves, rice fields and pagodas. Taking a boat tour in this picturesque natural area may look like something from a movie.
Travellers looking to go off-grid with their 2020 travels should head for the mountains in Zabljak, a small town in northern Montenegro and at the center of the Durmitor mountain region. Whether travelling in winter for an adrenaline-packed trip on the snowy slopes or during the warmer months to experience thrilling water sports on the lakes and rivers and hiking trails nearby, this destination appeals all year round. The must-see list includes Durmitor National Park, Black Lake and the Djurdjevica Tara Bridge, which was once the biggest concrete arch bridge for vehicles in Europe.