10 Travel Destinations for 2018
As 2018 begins, why not start your year off by planning your next getaway?
Get excited for the new year with these 10 great holiday destinations for 2018. Whether you’re looking for a local retreat to the beautifully scenic coast of Ireland or an untapped safari experience in Africa’s Malawi, we’ve got it all in this list. Hand-picked from Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018, these locations will be the best holiday destinations for the coming year.
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Scattered with a plethora of ancient Mayan ruins, the Yucatan Peninsula makes for a fantastic travelling destination with its unique mix of authentic history and picturesque beaches. The waters are warm, with the expansive beaches playing host to Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico waters. Not far from the coast, you will find colonial-era cities and vestiges, populated with a mix of traditional and contemporary restaurants.
Having undergone an immense transformation in the past decade, Seville is now a bustling city of bicycles and trams, packed full of culture and tradition. Popular as a filming destination for Game of Thrones and Star Wars, this vibrant city is experiencing an ongoing artistic renaissance. In 2018, expect to find one-of-a-kind art exhibitions celebrating the 400th anniversary of baroque painter Bartolomé Eseban Murillo.
Africa has always been the destination for safari, but Malawi, in the south of Africa, boasts a somewhat untapped safari experience. Known for its incredible conservation efforts (#500Elephants), Malawi also provides an array of luscious beaches, national parks, and vibrant festivals such as the Lake of the Stars Festival in September.
Causeway Coast and Belfast, Ireland
Belfast, after undergoing some 20 years of heavy transformation, is now a bustling and vibrant city, bursting with bars, restaurants, and venues. Located on the doorstep of the Causeway Coast’s stunning natural beauty, including Game of Thrones filming location Giant’s Causeway, Belfast makes for an exciting and varied travel experience.
The enchanting otherworldly landscapes of Patagonia are encapsulated by the region around Aysen in Chile. A haven for explorers, this area is sparsely populated and largely unexplored, an ideal location to escape from the everyday world.
New Mexico, USA
Evoking memories of classic western films, the New Mexico desert hosts breathtaking natural landscapes. With its unique and bold rock formations, the Chihuahuan Desert and Sangre de Cristo Mountains make for an ideal location for hikers and climbers.
Growing more popular every year, Slovenia’s Lake Bled offers stunning vistas of natural and baroque beauty. Highlighted by Bled Island’s church to the backdrop of the medieval Bled Castle, Bled is perfectly placed at the foot of Triglav National Park, which is full of idyllic walks and hikes, as well as extreme sports.
Often labelled as the ‘best of Southern France’, Languedoc-Roussillon hosts an array of fairy-tale historic towns. Featuring white beaches and clear blue seas, there are also castles and country markets to be found in the towns of Languedoc-Roussillon.
Kii Peninsula, Japan
If you are looking for an easy, low-stress getaway, then the Kii Peninsula in Japan may be the ideal location for you. Travelling here is relatively hassle-free, and there are little crowds to be found. With an abundance of Shintō shrines, hot springs, and Buddhist temples, this region perfectly blends traditional culture with modern convenience.
Lahaul and Spiti, India
Big mountains, rugged roads, and supernatural landscapes, the windswept valleys of Lahaul and Spiti are kept bone dry by the rain-shadow of the Himalaya. Hiding some of the most spectacular Buddhist art in the Ochre Badlands of Spiti, the region is bursting with culture and authenticity.