If you’re planning an overseas vacation this year, and want to visit somewhere new, a selection of travel destinations have been revealed as the new ‘it’ places to see.
Skyscanner Australia recently released its travel 2018 travel trends report which highlighted four destinations set to be big in the coming year.
The report data showed 90 per cent of Australians heads overseas with ‘exploration’ as the key motivator, so it’s no surprise these exotic locales tap into that theme.
From the gorgeous sights of Kiev, Ukraine, to the bustling Greek city of Thessaloniki, FEMAIL takes a look at up and coming places to consider in 2019.
Lisbon, Portugal (pictured) has been named as one of the top four destinations Australians are considering visiting in 2019
The Saint Sophia Cathedral (pictured) in Kiev, Ukraine is a must-see sight for those planning a trip the this unique city
Kiev, the capital of Ukraine (also the country’s largest), is packed with cultural as well as historical interests
1. Kiev, Ukraine
Topping Skyscanner’s list of cities that has seen the highest surge in searches for flights was Kiev in Ukraine.
The city boasts a 129 per cent year-on-year increase, and given its stunning sights, it is easy to see why.
Those visiting can explore the Monastery of the Caves, founded in 1015, or revel in the breathtaking beauty that is Saint Sophia Cathedral, founded in 1037.
The city is also a modern centre packed with theatres, restaurants, museums and unique shopping districts.
Thessaloniki in Greece is set to be a hot travel destination in 2019 with data showing 69 per cent more Australians searched for flights to the city last year
The city, which is the second biggest after Athens, is built near the sea, making it a perfect destination for a vacation that offers rest and relaxation
This bustling Greek metropolis is home to ruins dating back from the Byzantine period
2. Thessaloniki, Greece
Staking a claim for second spot position is Thessaloniki in Greece which is up 69 per cent in searches in 2018.
The city, which is the second biggest after Athens, is built near the sea, making it a perfect destination for a vacation that offers rest and relaxation.
There’s also plenty on offer for the adventurer with Thessaloniki boasting a rich history dating back to the Byzantine period.
It also comes packed with cultural activities and each year hosts the International Thessaloniki Film Festival (every November) and the International Book Fair (every May).
St Petersberg is built across the Neva River delta meaning the city is interlaced with hundreds of canals and bridges
St Petersburg is the second largest in Russia after Moscow and its considered the country’s cultural heartland
3. St Petersburg, Russia
Coming in at third position on the list is St Petersberg, Russia with a 49 per cent year-on-year search surge.
The city is the second largest in Russia after Moscow and its considered the country’s cultural heartland.
St Petersberg is built across the Neva River delta meaning the city is interlaced with hundreds of canals and bridges.
Must see sights include the incredible Winter Palace and the Kazan Cathedral.
The cultural centre also offers visitors the best in contemporary dining, a vibrant nightlife, galleries and museums.
The Portuguese city of Lisbon is set against the Atlantic Ocean and boast a near year-round warm climate
There are myriad historic sites to visit in Lisbon and it’s tram service offers a convenient and inexpensive way to get around
4. Lisbon, Portugal
The Skyscanner report found the city of Lisbon in Portugal was also considered a must-see destination by Australians.
With 39 per cent more searches in 2018, Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, comes in at fourth place on the list.
Australians contemplating a visit will be thrilled to know the city is set against the Atlantic ocean and boasts sunny blue skies almost year round.
As well as spending a vacation seaside, there’s also plenty to see and do.
Historic sites worth exploring include Torre de Belem, a 16th-century tower or the São Jorge Castilo, a castle which dates from a medieval period of Portuguese history.