20 lesser-known travel destinations to tick off your bucket list, according to Airbnb

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Choosing the right vacation spot can be a daunting task.

Based on consumer interest, Airbnb — an online marketplace for homestays — came up with a list of lesser-known, yet trending destinations. And, Kerala of India made it to the list.

While Milwaukee in US is on top the list; Cape Canavera of Brazil, which is popular for events like the NASA’s Mars Exploration Programme, surfing competitions; also features on the list.

Here are Airbnb’s 20 trending travel spots based on year-over-year growth in bookings:

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20. Maastricht, Netherlands

20. Maastricht, Netherlands

YoY growth: 55%

Known for its historic buildings, Maastricht in Netherlands showcases medieval-era architecture and culture. The city also holds an event in March next year — TEFAF Maastricht — one of the largest art fairs across the globe. The place is also a preferred destination for art museums.

​​19. Malindi, Kenya

​​19. Malindi, Kenya


YoY growth: 88%

Located on Malindi bay in Kenya, Malindi is home to various tropical beaches and resorts. The coastal village includes Malindi Marine National Park and Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve for aquatic wildlife and over 200 species of birds. Hell’s Kitchen — this beach town also conducted the latest UN Climate Action Summit.

​18. Kerala, India

​18. Kerala, India


YoY growth: 95%

India’s southern state of Kerala is the only Indian state on the list. The place is known for its southern coast, coffee plantations and Arabian Sea views. It has an array of beaches, lakes, mountains and waterfalls along with a rich culture of Yoga and healing.

​17. Tokyo, Japan

​17. Tokyo, Japan


YoY growth: 103%

Japan’s capital Tokyo is number 17 on the list. And, with the upcoming Summer Olympics,the city will host the world's best athletes for the fourth time. Tokyo is also the world’s largest metropolitan area.

​16. Les Contamines-Montjoie, France

​16. Les Contamines-Montjoie, France


YoY growth: 108%

Situated in the Mont Blanc region, the village of Les Contamines is ideal for both mountain climbing in summer, and skiing in the winter. The village also has many old farm buildings defining Savoy architectural style.

​15. Ubatuba, Brazil

​15. Ubatuba, Brazil


YoY growth: 108%

Surrounded by more than 100 beaches, Ubatuba is widely known for hosting surf championships throughout the year. It also offers hiking in the Atlantic rainforest area.

​14. Courtenay, BC, Canada

​14. Courtenay, BC, Canada


YoY growth: 114%

Situated on Vancouver Island, the place is a go-to place for adventure enthusiasts. The eco-friendly place is also surrounded by rolling mountains, alpine meadows and bohemian villages.

​13. Aberdeen, Scotland

​13. Aberdeen, Scotland


YoY growth: 119%

Located in northeast Scotland, Aberdeen is the third largest city in the country. It is also called the Granite City because of the white stone buildings. From fine dining, galleries and museums to coastal areas in the countryside.

​​​12. Cape Canaveral, FL, US

​​​12. Cape Canaveral, FL, US


YoY growth: 136%

Known for its Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, this Floridian cape has 72 miles of beachfront. It also has Canaveral National Seashore, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Sebastian Inlet State Park. Cape Canaveral will also host the NASA's Mars 2020 Exploration Program in July 2020.

​11. Cali, Colombia

​11. Cali, Colombia


YoY growth: 137%

Cali in Columbia is known for its European and African culture with the vibe of Afro-Colombian heritage. The place is popularly known as the salsa capital of the country. Popular for its nightlife, the place is a music and dance party zone at around 1,000 meters above sea level.

​​10. Vanuatu

​​10. Vanuatu


YoY growth: 140%

Almost 2,000 miles from Australia, Vanuatu is home to over 80 islands with more than 100 languages, offering adventure activities like scuba diving and hiking.

​9. Guadalajara, Mexico

​9. Guadalajara, Mexico


YoY growth: 158%

Located in western Mexico, Guadalajara is known for its colonial architecture, festivals and museums. It offers tequila and mariachi music from the state of Jalisco.

​8. Luxembourg

​8. Luxembourg


YoY growth: 167%

European country Luxembourg was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 for its historic cliffs. The hills are home to medieval castles, dense forests, nature parks and villages.

​7. Eugene, OR, US

​7. Eugene, OR, US


YoY growth: 213%

Set on the Willamette River, Eugene introduces Asian collections including Northwest-focused Museum of Natural and Cultural History and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. It also has riverside Alton Baker Park, and Hendricks Park. The green city will also host national qualifying trials in 2020.

​6. Xi'an, China

​6. Xi'an, China


YoY growth: 255%

Known as the birthplace of Chinese civilization, Xi'an celebrates the terracotta warriors — clay soldiers discovered by local farmers in 1974. It also has historical monuments named as "China's outdoor museum.” It will also offer a tourism programme introducing 30 nighttime tour routes throughout Xi’an nighttime markets and performances.

​5. Romania

​5. Romania


YoY growth: 298%

Romania with its ancient rural villages is an exotic yet offbeat vacation place. The country has virgin forests in Europe, according to the 2018 Environmental Performance Index.

​4. Sunbury, Victoria, Australia

​4. Sunbury, Victoria, Australia


YoY growth: 356%

Close to Melbourne, Sunbury is a popular place known for rich wildlife and Victorian-era architecture. The city will host the ICC T20 World Cup next year.

​3. Buriram, Thailand

​3. Buriram, Thailand


YoY growth: 383 %

Known as the ‘City of Happiness,’ Buriram is known for its Phanom Rung complex and Cambodian neighbor, Angkor Wat. The place hosted various sporting events like the inaugural MotoGP motor racing event and Buriram Marathon.

2. Bilbao, Spain

2. Bilbao, Spain

YoY growth: 402%

Bilbao, that won the European City of the Year honour in 2018 is a top destination for sports enthusiasts, thanks to its famous Soccer competition.

​1. Milwaukee, WI, US

​1. Milwaukee, WI, US


YoY growth: 729%

Milwaukee in the United States, which will host Democratic National Convention next year, is known for its Harley-Davidson Museum displaying classic motorcycles and over 105 miles of scenic bike lanes.

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