Here are Tripadvisor's top off-the-radar destinations in the world, including one in SA

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  • Tripadvisor has identified the top off-the-radar destinations travelers are hoping to visit post-pandemic as part its 2020 Travelers' Choice Awards.
  • Compiled based on traveler reviews and the amount of travelers who "saved" each destination for future reference, the list highlights destinations across the globe.
  • From an idyllic resort town off the coast of Albania to one of England's oldest communities, here are the top 15 emerging destinations travelers have their eyes on.
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15. Franschhoek, South Africa

In a nutshell: A 300-year-old French village in the Cape Winelands region that's filled with galleries and antique shops

Top attractions: La Motte Wine Estate, Boschendal, Franschhoek Pass

Source: Tripadvisor

14. Ipswich, United Kingdom

In a nutshell: One of England's oldest communities, located on the banks of River Orwell in East Anglia

Top attractions: Christchurch Park, Ipswich Museum, Holywells Park

Source: Tripadvisor

13. Tulsa, Oklahoma

In a nutshell:  A city in the heart of Oklahoma with over 140 parks, 20 miles of paved recreation trails, and a multitude of museums

Top attractions: Philbrook Museum of Art, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa Zoo

Source: Tripadvisor

12. Guayaquil, Ecuador

In a nutshell: Ecuador's largest city with a growing number of urban renewal projects and access to the Galápagos Islands

Top attractions: Parque Historico Guayaquil, Malecon 2000 boardwalk, Las Penas neighborhood

Source: Tripadvisor

11. Ile d'Oleron, France

In a nutshell: The largest island on the French Atlantic coast known for sandy beaches, seafood, and surfing

Top attractions: Les Jardins de la Boirie, Chateau d'Oleron, Plage des Saumonards

Source: Tripadvisor

10. Curaçao, Caribbean

In a nutshell: A divers' paradise located between Antigua and Bonaire with a pastel-coloured UNESCO World Heritage capital city

Top attractions: Playa PortoMari, Kenepa Beach, Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge

Source: Tripadvisor

9. La Paz, Mexico

In a nutshell: Baja California Sur's capital city known for its old-world charm, waterfront promenade, art and restaurants 

Top attractions: Balandra Beach, Malecon shopping street, Tecolote Beach

Source: Tripadvisor

8. Monopoli, Italy

In a nutshell: A town in Puglia on the Adriatic Sea full of medieval churches, castles, and blue fishing boats

Top attractions: Centro Storico di Monopoli, Basilica Cattedrale Maria Santissima della Madia, Le Palme Beach Club

Source: Tripadvisor

7. Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

In a nutshell: An island off the west coast of Vietnam that attracts water sports enthusiasts from around the world

Top attractions: Vinpearl Safari Park, Duong Dong Market, Phu Quoc Prison

Source: Tripadvisor

6. Rugen Island, Germany

In a nutshell: Germany's largest island with two national parks, a castle, and dramatic chalk cliffs

Top attractions: Kreidefelsen walking area, Granitz Hunting Lodge, Binzer Strand

Source: Tripadvisor

5. Naoussa, Greece

In a nutshell: The largest town on the island of Paros with labyrinthian streets and seaside cafes

Top attractions: Lageri beach, Old Port of Naoussa, Moraitis Winery

Source: Tripadvisor

4. Luxor, Egypt

In a nutshell: Home to the infamous Valley of the Kings where Egyptian pharaohs were entombed for centuries

Top attractions: Valley of the Kings, Temple of Karnak, Luxor Temple

Tripadvisor editor's note: "Our list was compiled before political unrest prompted many countries to issue travel warnings for Egypt. If you're currently planning a trip to Egypt, please consider the risks and monitor your government's travel alerts."

Source: Tripadvisor

3. Beirut, Lebanon

In a nutshell: "The Paris of the Middle East," known for shopping, nightlife, and mix of Ottoman and colonial architecture

Top attractions: Mirror (Pasqyra) BeachLekuresi Castle, Bora Bora Beach

Source: Tripadvisor

2. Saranda, Albania

In a nutshell: A resort town on the Ionian Sea bordered by expansive olive groves with a white sand coastline

Top attractions: Mirror (Pasqyra) BeachLekuresi Castle, Bora Bora Beach

Source: Tripadvisor

1. Kaliningrad, Russia

In a nutshell: A historic city in a small part of the former Soviet Union tucked between Lithuania and Poland, with large amber reserves

Top attractions: Curonian Spit, Museum of the World Ocean, 14th-century Königsberg Cathedral 

Source: Tripadvisor

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