From familiar destinations you’ve always been seeing on your Instagram feed, to unfamiliar spots just waiting to open up a treasure trove of new experiences for you to take home– It’s time to rewrite your bucket list with the best places to travel to in 2018:
1. Bratislava, Slovakia
Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital and largest city, is so beautiful you’ll wonder why you haven’t heard of it before: It borders both Hungary and Austria and is nestled within vineyards and the lush Little Carpathian mountains.
2. South Korea
Seoul is a food and beauty mecca. With this year’s Winter Olympics set in Pyeong Chang, South Korea is more than ready for visitors. If you were lucky enough to snag tickets to the games, traveling to PyeongChang from Seoul is easier than ever: A new high-speed train will cut travel time in half between the two cities. You can spend your days checking out the Olympic village, or venture offshore to one of South Korea’s 3,000-plus islands.
Georgia’s recent rise of enotourism is far from its only draw: There are Instagrammable cheese-filled breads to gobble, ancient cave cities to explore, and newly marked trails to hike across some of the highest mountains in Europe.
Expect the world to double down on Malta coverage next year when the cobbled streets of the more than 450-year-old capital city, designated a European Capital of Culture in 2018, erupt in celebration. Plot your own course to get the most of Malta’s diverse heritage and food in the Maltese island of Gozo, and on the mainland, where you can visit the prehistoric ruins of the Hagar Qim Temples!
5. Oaxaca, Mexico.
Tourists are welcome more than ever in the color-rich Mexican state of Oaxaca. Shop local markets for dazzlingly vibrant wool rugs and other handmade textiles dyed using fruits, insects, and other natural colorants.
6. Malmö, Sweden
Home to nearly 180 nationalities and over 450 restaurants, Sweden’s third largest city is a United Nations of food. Foodies flock to Malmö to sample a global smorgasbord offering everything from cutting-edge Nordic cuisine to the number one street food, falafel.
7. Jordan Trail
The 400-mile Jordan Trail is a newly minted hiking path linking ancient trade routes. Divided into eight separate sections, the trail leads through Jordanian forests, canyons, deserts, and along the shores of the Red Sea.
8. Tétouan, Morocco
Discover contemporary Moroccan art in Tétouan. Traditional artisans still create carpets in this port city’s World Heritage site medina, but a new fine arts movement is attracting new talent. See contemporary works at the National Institute of Fine Arts, Tétouan Museum of Modern Art, and Green Olive Arts.
Experts know Zambia as the birthplace of the walking safari— as well as the home of some of the most highly trained guides on the continent. Last year saw the arrival of Liuwa’s first permanent camp: King Lewanika Lodge, a six-villa safari lodge overlooking a watering hole where hyenas and antelope gather.
The ancient city of Kotor is already attracting plenty of visitors vacationing at luxurious boutique hotels like Forza Terra, just outside the medieval walls, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of cruisers who’ve arrived with companies like Viking, Celebrity, and Princess. The swank marina Porto Montenegro is thriving in the formerly sleepy coastal town of Tivat. Nearby, luxury development Luštica Bay is slated to open this summer, with plans for villas, a golf course, and a five-star Chedi hotel.
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