Where to go this year? That is the question of all questions when the year slowly comes to an end and you’re already daydreaming about the next beach. You can decide between five continents, 194 countries or states and millions of cities. This makes it hard to figure out the best travel hotspots. To help you a little, I made some research about this important question, also to get some inspiration by myself.
As source I used the guidebook brand Lonely Planet, that yearly reveals the top destinations of the new year. According to this, I’ve rounded up a hot collection of places you need to visit in 2018 and why. From classic cities to new destinations. Get inspired now!
Due to its high mountains, Chile is isolated from the rest of South America which makes this country and its landscape so interesting. But in 2018 the rich and poor, the farmers and the metropolitans will unite to celebrate 200 years of independence. This is definitely worth a visit to one of South America’s most stable and prosperous nations.
The Mediterranean archipelago not just delights with prehistoric temples and mystical tunnels, Malta’s capital Valetta also has been chosen as European Capital of Culture for 2018. This means, you can expect international film festivals, a contemporary art biennial and a laid-back lifestyle with more than 300 days of sunshine a year.
It is an idyll off the coast of Africa: in Mauritius you live a perfect life from luxurious beach resorts to fun reef dives, kitesurfing, kayaking and lagoon cruises. In 2018 the island celebrates 50 years of independence which is a great reason to celebrate with the locals. Plus there are new connections now to Mauritius include Air Mauritius and flights from Amsterdam.
Once a busy metropole that is resting on its historic past, Seville transformed in the last ten years into a city of bicycles and trams and now is anxious to bring its artistic past alive again. So the capital of Andalucía will both host the 31st European Film Awards in 2018 and celebrate the 400th anniversary of homegrown Baroque painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. Also parts of Game of Thrones were filmed in Seville.
There is so much happening in Canberra in 2018. Australian’s capital will not just host a test cricket match at Manuka Oval for the first time, it will also host the 100th anniversary of the WWI Armistice. Not least to mention that the city offers new boutiques, gastronomic highlights and national treasures around every corner.
If you are romantic, Oslo might be the perfect trip for you in 2018. Oslo and the rest of the nation celebrates 50th year of marriage of Norway’s beloved king and queen. This means you can expect a calendar full of exciting and interesting events. Plus the Opera House is turning ten in 2018 and comes with a celebratory season packed with concerts and performances.
Belfast & the Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland
Once a violent city, Belfast is now a hip capital with trendy bars and authentic restaurants. The old docklands are now the vibrant Titanic Quarter with fancy apartments and a museum. Not to forget the beautiful Causeway Coast, that gives a variety of golf, whiskey and some of the world’s most famous rocks.
Aeolian Islands, Italy
Find a slow and easy-going travel paradise off the tip of Italy’s boot. The Aeolian Islands are seven sisters, who convince with sublime seascapes, volcanic slopes, black-sand beaches and some of Europe’s best coastal walks and dives. Far off the touristic spots, the islands are perfect for travelers who seek a good-value Mediterranean break.
50 years ago Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis. Due to this memorial anniversary, there will be open several civil rights-focused sights such as the Memorial to Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, which shows a structure of suspended columns that symbolize the nation’s 4000 lynching victims. The National Civil Rights Museum – a former motel in which King was killed – will hold poetry slams, concerts and other special events. And New Orleans celebrates its 300th birthday with a multi-event party.
When a city is compact, fashionable and tremendous value, then it is Estonia’s capital Tallinn. From walking for free in the lovely old town to the good-value apartments and houses, Tallinn also shows a beautiful view to the Baltic Sea and over the city from the flat roof of the Linnahall. Also head to the neighborhood Kalamaja, where food trucks offer instagrammable moments, that doesn’t cost a thing.
Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
Lanzarote strikes with the moon-like scenery of Parque Nacional de Timanfaya, unspoilt beaches of Órzola and black-sand wineries of La Geria. It impresses with César Manrique’s artistic and architectural footprint, stunning hiking trails, unexpected views and a well-developed infrastructure that makes you find everything you want. Lanzarote is truly an island with a package full of breathtaking roads and adventurous nature, that is just waiting to be explored.
Jax, as the locals call the city in Florida, doesn’t get much attention, although it has 35 km (22 mi) of beaches, surfing, art and live music. You can explore America’s largest urban park system on foot, by bike or on a guided kayak tour. Barbecue joints and beach bars offer good-value and family-friendly dining and Jacksonville had the lowest hotel rates in the state. So good reasons to pay attention to this city.
What are your plans for 2018? Do you know of any hotspots to see this year? I would love to read more about your travel plans. For more inspiration you can also check out my categories City Guides and Travel Stories. Happy travels!