There are many things an experienced traveler will factor into their choice of vacation destination; time of year, cost, destination popularity, and travel safety to name a few. Countries that don’t meet these requirements, or don’t rank highly on that scale, then fall to the wayside.

What’s important to remember is that, for the most part, these destinations won’t always rank so low. Many will eventually have a renaissance, making them the perfect place to travel before the rest of the world figures the secret out!

Imagine, untouched white sand beaches unspoiled by riff-raff and the common tourist. We’ve got them! Below we’ve listed 5 under-the-radar destinations on the rise. Whether the country is back from the brink or is just seeing a revival, it’s listed below. Keep reading to discover those newly re-vitalized destinations.

rwanda rise

This African country is back on the tourism scene thanks to the highly anticipated opening of hotel Bistate Lodge in June of 2017. Located in the natural amphitheater of an eroded volcanic cone, this safari lodge grants visitors the ability to see the critically endangered mountain gorilla, among other wonders of Volcanoes National Park. Although traditionally passed up for other destinations with luxury safari lodges, African cities (like the Rwandan capital of Kigali) have turned a corner to become popular in their own right. Kigali is now astonishingly known for, considering the country’s recent tragic history, clean safe streets and its major foreign investments. Besides Bistate Lodge’s own farm co-op, tree plantation, and endangered species educational initiatives, the country’s visitors can enjoy local cities’ cosmopolitan food scenes, grassroots art movements, and museums.

canada rise

All blog readers say, “what?” I know, it seems strange to see Canada on this list, but we did promise you a variety of travel destinations seeing a renaissance. Our incredibly polite neighbors to the north celebrate their 150th birthday this year, and in honor of it they have invited everyone to come and play. Sign up for the free Discovery Pass for entry into all of the nation’s parks, or visit one of its redefined cities. Get a taste of Montreal’s new burgeoning food scene, make the most of your layover with Air Canada’s free Toronto stopovers, or completely detox with a wifi-free Rocky Mountaineer train ride winding from Vancouver to Jasper. Whatever you do, don’t miss Ottawa for the complete birthday celebration.

israel rise

Israel is probably another county whose presence in this blog readers will question, but this small nation has much more to offer than mere pilgrimages to the holy place of Jerusalem. This popular city has a blossoming Latin-fusion food scene, and has recently been named (thanks to its contemporary art) one of the worlds top six art cities. Also don’t forget Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market, sculpture road (between Jersualem and Tel Aviv), beautifully beachy Tel Aviv, or the underground boat rides offered in Ramla. Israel’s burgeoning cosmopolitan scene has it all. If the city isn’t for you there’s plenty of nature to go around, too.

nepal rise

Nepal is on the rise despite recent extreme earthquakes and a fuel strike that made traversing the country difficult. Ideal for travelers hoping to be budget conscious, Nepal offers world-renowned trekking routes and underrated wildlife for what feels like pennies a day (well below $50 a day). Don’t let the world’s “most dangerous airport” dissuade you just because its runway ends at a mountainside. This country has prime, raw, untapped nature just waiting for visitors. Also, no matter where you go communities will welcome you with warm open arms. By visiting now your support will offer some much-needed income for local families to rebuild and for the country to bounce back even stronger.

russia rise

Although this power-house nation has yet to reveal all of its revolution-centennial plans, it’s clear many radical changes will come to areas in and around Moscow. Besides hosting soccer matches in the 2017 Confederations Cup, Russia’s capital city will also host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. To achieve bringing some modernity to the city pre-games, the Russians will be completing the new Ramenskoye Airport and metro line, guaranteeing ultimate connectivity. Also keep an eye out for soon to be finished attractions such as the Polytechnic Museum and Educational Centre. Besides Russia’s move to modernize, their main cities still offer incredibly rich history and undeniably ornate architecture that’s not to be missed.

We hope this blog inspires you to travel to some off-the-beaten-path destinations. Are they any you would add to this list? We’d love to know! Hit us up in the comments. Until next time, safe travels, and keep your eyes on the skies.

Author: Emily (@ID90 Travel)

Emily is the Content Marketing Manager here at ID90 Travel. An avid non-rev flyer (she grew up in the industry), and passionate private pilot, Emily can’t get enough of all things aviation. When not writing awesome ID90 Travel content she can be found on a Texas patio, being one with nature, or annoying her ID90T co-workers with her many, many, crowdsourcing questions.