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Revealed: The Hottest Trending Travel Destinations for 2016

If you’re tired of Tunisia or bored with Benidorm, you might just be interested in a brand new survey released.

It aims to reveal the trending destinations for holidays next year, and reveals some surprising and unusual travel ideas worthy of consideration.

Skyscanner is a travel search engine rather like Expedia, which allows you to search for flights, hotels and car hire around the world.

In this way you can price-compare all the various options out there with an aim of finding the very best travel deal possible.

According to ranking company Alexa, Skyscanner are considered one of the top 2000 websites in the world in terms of visitors, so you can be assured that they receive thousands of travel-related searches every day.

Interestingly, the company has just opened up some of its proprietary data, revealing those destinations which are trending right now. The evidence from millions of searches would suggest that these areas are likely to be the next “hot tips” for the forthcoming holiday season.

So, if you fancy a change from Corfu or an alteration to Alicante, where are other souls planning to head off to in 2016?

#5 – Sal, Cape Verde

Once a Portuguese protectorate, Cape Verde is located off the west coast of Africa. Tourism to the area is still slight, with many of the country’s ten islands boasting little in the way of development. With historical sites, oodles of natural beauty and a year-round temperature in the mid-20’s, it’s no wonder that Sal is attracting a lot of interest right now.

#4 – Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen might not become a popular beach resort like The Algarve, but Denmark does offer an awful lot to those who dread the thought of lying motionless on a sun-lounger for hours on end. Famously clean and tidy, Copenhagen is a city alive with culture and architecture. Perfect for a city break, no matter what the time of year.

#3 – Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo has become synonymous over the years with over-priced holidays. From premium real-estate to restaurant bills that make your eyes water, many people have steered well clear of the area for financial reasons. Now, however, the Japanese government is working hard to attract tourists, and many experts claim that the city is now 50% cheaper than it was just a few years ago.

#2 – Havana, Cuba

As we have mentioned here on Expatriate Healthcare in the past, tensions between Cuba and the USA have been slowly thawing over recent years. In response to this, many more tourists are finding their way to Cuba. What makes it all the more tempting right now is that many people fear that a flood of American money and companies could in time ruin Cuba’s unique culture. As a result, many tourists think it makes sense now, in order to sample the “true Havana”.

#1 – Ponta Delgada, the Azores

The number one area seeing an upward trend in searches is Ponta Delgada, which has experienced a 63% increase in searches. Famously still owned by Portugal, the Azores offer a wealth of natural beauty and outdoor activities in a warm, year-round climate.

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