Top Destinations to Visit in 2018
It’s the end of the year and time to look forward to a fresh 12 months of travel. You may already have your plans in place, but if not here are some of the trending destinations for 2018.
Cold is the new hot
Ice and snow are calling us. One of the top global destinations is Iceland. With more low-cost routes becoming available, this destination also offers one of the most frequently found bucket list experiences: the northern lights. There’s also Gullfoss Falls, an incredible waterfall, about 4 hours outside of the capital, Reykjavik.
The fjords of Norway are increasingly popular, and for good reason – whether it’s a luxury summer cruise or approaching from landside – there are fantastic experiences to be had. Get your heartrate up with kayaking or some pretty spectacular trekking. Wrap up warm and head to the world’s largest freshwater lake which doubles as the world’s deepest lake. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see it frozen over.
The rise in chillier destinations does not mean the death of warmer ones. On the contrary, Seville in Spain’s Andalucia boasts some hot summer temperatures and made it to top spot for cities in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018. Flamenco, tapas and incredible architecture are just three reasons to head inland from the Costa del Sol.
Tenerife – the island of eternal spring is so named as it rarely gets cold. The summer temperatures are definitely on the hot side but that gives you a good excuse to try out some water sports or spend the warm evenings stargazing in Teide National Park, choosing from a variety of experiences with champagne, cable cars and astronomers.
South Africa has great wines and even better landscape to enjoy. Whether you experience the wild lands on a safari, or explore the underwater world diving in some of the world’s best locations, the beauty of South Africa will have you wanting for more.
Valletta, Malta’s capital, is European Capital of Culture in 2018 and a beautiful city packed with history. As the island is not exactly large, you can take a quick bus ride out to towns such as Mdina and Rabat. With a full calendar of events in 2018, there is even more to enjoy on this intriguing island.
Italy consistently tops the charts when it comes to cultural experiences. With its myriad sites from Sicily to Venice, Rome to Florence, Milan to Puglia, you’re spoilt for choice. In the summer expect hours-long queues at the major attractions – book your tickets in advance to avoid the lengthy wait.
From the crowds of Italy to splendid isolation on the islands of the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. This experience combines man’s ancient culture with the natural beauty of the landscapes. The evocative standing stones (Callanish Stones) sit amongst white beaches and mountains.
Whatever your preference – hot/cold, architecture/nature – these destinations offer you fantastic travel experiences in 2018.