50 holiday hotspots to watch

With more than 55,000 homes in over 160 countries, Love Home Swap members are spoiled for choice. However, new destinations are beginning to emerge, changing the international travel landscape. We have compiled a list of the top 50 up-and-coming countries to watch, based on data from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

Some of the entries will come as no surprise. Thailand's pristine beaches have long attracted crowds of backpackers, and St. Lucia is one of the Caribbean's most popular islands. However, our list also includes some unusual locations. Iraq, for example, is widely associated with conflict and strife. Despite this, over 2 million tourists visit the country each year, and this figure is predicted to rise over the next decade. .

Admittedly, some of these countries are currently unprepared for visitors. However, others boast fledgling tourism industries, and a wealth of natural and cultural history. When booking your next holiday, choose the road less travelled, and visit one of these up-and-coming destinations.

50 emerging holiday hotspots

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