Budget accommodation specialist Hostelworld has reported growth in travel to emerging destinations driven by the current economic climate and demand for cheaper accommodation options.
In the past year bookings to Moldova grew 600%, Columbia 266% while Ukraine hostel bookings increased 181%.
The top emerging cities experiencing growth were Kiev at 218%, Zadar in Croatia at 160% and Hiroshima in Japan, 89%.
El Salvador, South Korea and Malaysia also saw significant growth in hostel bookings the past year.
A Hostelworld spokesperson said the growth was also driven by the desire for more authentic travel experiences as well as the maturing of the hostel industry.