Turquoise-lapped beaches untroubled by hawkers. Gourmet fare at quaint Quebecois quarters overlooking virgin Arctic seas. A Laotian backpacker favorite on the cusp of development. Remote white dunes trodden by wild horses. Travel porn.
Drooling and yearning, we read through submissions from our network of on-the-scene Local Experts, and compiled this exclusive list of 20 destinations most likely to be the next big thing in travel. Make sure to check out these up-and-coming places before they’ve up and gone all fancy on us.
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The Wow: With terra cotta roof-dotted hills, windmills, and a rugged terrain, Kea is less spoiled and easier to get to than its more popular Cycladic island neighbors. Stone villages stacked on craggy cliffs are linked by approximately 22 miles of footpaths that wind through 3,000 varieties of flora, century-old forests of oak and plane, and ruins dating back to the 6th century BC.
Why Now? Due to inexpensive ferry tickets and a mere two-hour trip from the center of Athens, budget-conscious travelers are increasingly choosing Kea for their next trip. While over half of the island’s traffic is domestic, Kea has all of the ingredients necessary to become an international destination, and the transition is already underway.