For keen travellers looking to see more of the world in 2018, you may want to consider trying somewhere a little different.
While Mykonos, Sri Lanka and Portugal were all popular destinations in 2017, new research has found that lesser known ‘up and coming’ destinations will be the places to go in coming months.
Here, FEMAIL looks at the 10 top emerging places named by Booking.com and why Brisbane has overtaken Sydney as the top place to visit in Australia.
While many visit Japan for the exciting Tokyo nightlife or serene temples of Kyoto, the city of Sapporo has been tipped as the place to go in 2018.
The city is is described as being a great base for exploring the mountains and hot springs of Hokkaido and also offers great restaurants – especially for those who love seafood.
Great for foodies and explorers, Sapporo offers all kinds of fun experiences in one small exciting package.
In terms of accommodation, Japanese style inns or ‘ryokans’ are recommended as they allow visitors to truly experience Japanese culture.
A recommended guest house is Yuyu, a ‘homely stay which offers bike hire so you can easily explore the city’.
Many know Nashville for its country music scene but it is also popular for those looking for a great family holiday packed with outdoor activities.
As well as the museums dedicated to Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson and live music hot spots, travellers can enjoy the city’s many parks, showboat experience, walking tours and food tours.
The city is also on the rise due to the success of the drama series named after it.
A recommended place to stay is the SoBro Guest House, which is just 350 yards away from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
The Bridgestone Arena and Ryman Auditorium are less than 11 minutes’ walk away.
According to Booking.com, the elegant city of Bucharest is new to the alternative city break scene and a great option because of its museums, parks, trendy cafés and mix of art nouveau and modern architecture.
Recommended summer activities include renting a boat in the Cişmigiu Gardens while in winter, a coffee in one of the city’s many cosy coffee shops is the perfect way to spend a morning.
The top endorsements for the city by travellers are to do with architecture, food, museums and the old town.
A top spot to stay is Diana’s Flat, which boasts beautiful views of the river and is in a great location.
This stunning mountain resort is a popular destination for ski holidays but it’s now attracting many travellers in summer who are keen to go hiking in Tatra National Park.
Inspired by the ever-growing trend for ‘wellness getaways’, it’s a perfect spot to head to enjoy the fresh air and stunning panoramic views.
The new health and wellness trend for 2018 is set to be more about travelling on two feet with 44 per cent of travellers saying they want to go walking in 2018 and 33 per cent hiking.
The top endorsements for Zakopane by travellers are to do with hiking, nature, mountain walks and scenery.
A recommended place to stay is Villa Nova, which is described as being ‘alpine luxury at its best’.
The stunning villa offers mountain views and is set in a great location close to the popular Krupówki pedestrian street.
This relaxed coastal town of Taiwan is known for its modest charm, cultural diversity and mix of mountains, hot springs, temples and ocean activities.
Travellers who have visited have praised the town’s stunning nature, beautiful seaside and clean air.
Recommended activities include heading to Green Island for diving, snorkelling and hiking, buying seafood from Fugang Port, relaxing in the Jhihben hot springs and visiting Taitung night market to indulge in the local delicacies.
The HANA Homestay is a great, cosy place to stay and offers a delicious breakfast, modern rooms and bicycles for exploring the area.
While most people think of Sydney or Melbourne when planning a trip to/within Australia, it’s Brisbane that has been tipped as the Aussie town to pick in 2018.
Travellers have praised Brisbane’s thriving restaurant and bar scene, vineyards and coastline of beautiful beaches.
With half of travellers planning to take a beach trip in 2018, Brisbane offers them the opportunity to go surfing at Ocean Beach, soak up the sun at Sylvan Beach, spot dolphins at Red Beach or just hang out at the beach style lagoons such as Streets Beach and Settlement Cove.
One of the most popular places to stay are the Soda Apartments – luxury accommodation on South Bank just eight minutes walk to the beach.
The apartments offer an outdoor rooftop pool which gives incredible 360 views of the city.
Bogotá is described as ‘the hectic heart of Colombia’ and a ‘great base for exploring the wider country’.
Travellers will be treated to an array of new restaurant openings and boutique hotels set among 300 year old houses, street art murals and museums.
Visitors can also explore the city by railway, try some authentic Colombian coffee from one of the many