Since Cuba and America resumed their international friendship, prices on the Caribbean island have slowly but surely started creeping up. If Havana is on your list of places to see in 2018, you’d better do it quick.
Johannesburg, South Africa
People have traditionally avoided Johannesburg because of its reputation for violence. However in recent years large parts of the city have undergone impressive urban regeneration and it is now considered a much safer destination. The tourism sector is taking advantage – so find a bargain while you still can.
Like other cities with burgeoning creative communities, Taipei is enjoying unprecedented growth and attention. But this also means that the city will soon become less attractive for tourists looking for a cheap getaway.
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Krygyzstan used to be a stopover for people heading further East but, recently, has become a popular destination in its own right. Visitors are coming to see life in a post-soviet city and to explore the wild hiking trails and mountains nearby.
Romania is a destination that has flown under the radar for a long time. But with its growing popularity among young internationals, expect prices in Romania’s capital to start reflecting this shift.
Although still a bargain, prices across the Philippines have slowly started to rise. A steady flow of international visitors from Australia, Europe and the USA has encouraged vendors to cash in. Palawan is still somewhat undeveloped but, after topping lists as the world’s most beautiful island, that could soon change.
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As one of the least oil-rich Gulf nations, Oman has turned its attention to tourism. It enjoys a healthy relationship with India and has started to see more visitors from Britain and across Europe. With the number of visitors growing year on year, go and see this unique city while it’s still affordable.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
When one of the world’s biggest hotel groups says Colombo is a destination to watch in 2018, you’d better take notice. Wyndham Hotels is putting the spotlight on Sri Lanka’s capital not only as a place to find some winter sun but as a country looking to shed the baggage of it’s violent past and head towards a brighter future.
Luxury hotels began to establish themselves in Khartoum after Africa’s longest civil war ended in 2005. And ever since President Obama eased US sanctions on Sudan, the capital city has experienced a new wave of interest.
In 2017, Astana was thrown into the spotlight as the host city for the International Expo, an exhibition in which nations from across the world can showcase their achievements (the 2017 theme was ‘Future Energy’). Astana is quickly becoming a popular destination with those looking for a city break with a difference and seems to be growing with the same fervour as Dubai a decade ago.
This hidden gem on the Baltic coast won’t stay hidden much longer. The approximately four million visitors to Estonia last year convinced British Airways to launch new routes to the country’s capital, which offers a city break with unbridled natural and coastal adventures on its doorstep.
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