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The Top 10 #OnTrend Destinations For The New Year

As voted by travellers.

The end of the year is nigh, which means it’s time to start planning where you’ll be jetting off to in 2017. TripAdvisor has just released its 2016 Travellers’ Choice Awards, officially crowning the new traveller-approved #ontrend destinations for the new year.

The laid-back resort city of San Jose del Cabo in Mexico has taken out the top spot on the list, with TripAdvisor noting it’s a laid back counterpart to the fun-loving neighbouring city of Cabo San Lucas. It offers scuba diving and kayaking at Cabo Pulmo Marine Park’s coral reef, 200 different bird species at the tranquil San Jose’s Estuary and Bird Sanctuary and plenty of sandy spots to choose from at Playa Palmilla, arguably one of Mexico’s best beaches.

To collate the list, TripAdvisor look at a year-over-year increase in positive traveller review ratings for accommodation, restaurants and attractions, and an increase in booking interest.

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Whistler. Photo: Scott Hughes/Flickr

Coming in a close second was British Colombia’s Whistler Mountain, which is praised for its stunning landscape, pedestrian-only village and genuine, down-to-earth mountain culture. Whistler, known primarily as a ski destination, is also pretty unstoppable year round. It’s also flocked to by Australians, so it’s fair to assume you’ll feel right at home when visiting.

The remainder of the list rates beach destinations highly, with an idyllic Hawaiian beach town, a popular island paradise in the Philippines and an up-and-coming resort city found on the northern top of the Red Sea in Israel all making the list.

TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice world’s top 10 destinations on the rise

#1 San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
#2 Whistler, Canada
#3 Jericoacoara, Brazil
#4 Kihei, Hawaii
#5 Baku, Azerbaijan
#6 El Nido, Philippines
#7 Eilat, Israel
#8 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
#9 Tbilisi, Georgia
#10 Jodphur, India

(Lead image: Cabo by Taryn Stenvei)

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