Once January rears its cold head, most of us will be dreaming of sunnier climes and sandy beaches. Well there’s no need to just dream because it’s the perfect month to draw up your ideal travel 2018 wish list and plan exactly which countries you’d love to explore next year.
Favourite hot spots like the Caribbean, Spain and Italy will always be great popular choices but there are other destinations on the come-up that you may never have considered visiting.
Before you go holiday sale shopping, check out The Silhouette’s list of destinations you might want to consider.
2018 Travel Guide
In March 2017, TripAdvisor crowned the beautiful Indonesian Island the best tourist destination in the world. With it’s crystal blue waters, white sandy beaches and spiritual, serene environment, it’s not hard to see why.
Visit the island’s landscape of volcanoes for something unique and if you’re a keen surfer, the south offers perfect waves. If you’re up for something lively to do in the evenings, Bali’s up-and-coming nightlife also attracts a young audience thanks to its serving of a variety of musical genres.
This Tanzanian island is one of the most stunning tropical climes you could possibly come across.
Its idyllic beaches and rich culture of African, Arabic, Indian and Persian heritage offers multiple opportunities for a memorable trip. For a spice of sightseeing in the midst of your relaxation, visit the Stone Town’s old quarter to cast your eyes on some truly captivating architecture, local music and markets.
If you haven’t yet reached the increasingly popular tourist-friendly capital of Reykjavik, then 2018 is the year to do it.
According to Niamh Walsh, Chief Editor of travel search website HolidayPirates, it will be easier to glimpse the Northern Lights from Iceland in 2018 compared to recent years.
Walsh told Business Insider: “Seeing the Northern Lights is something adventurous travellers will find easier to do in 2018. Until recently, it’s always been difficult and expensive to access many of the regions where they’re at their brightest and most beautiful.
“But with more airlines offering low-cost routes to Iceland, this breathtaking natural phenomenon will be much more accessible — and this extra special experience should not be missed.”
Simply put, Bhutan is for the most daring traveller. It’s not particularly easy to get to – only a handful of countries carry flights there but it is possible.
Currently, Air India hosts flights from London’s Heathrow Airport to Guwahati, India where you can then catch a connecting flight to Bhutan. Many travel experts insist the difficult journey will be completely worth it as the Himalayan Buddhist kingdom offers some of the most unique festivals you could find.
For the thrill adventure-seeker, why not visit some of the world’s highest unclimbed mountains or sample one of their famous chilli dishes.
Word of advice: Carry enough currency to prevent getting caught out by the daily tourist fee which can be quite pricey. It’s also best to travel in groups larger than two people as you then avoid another hefty surcharge.
Victoria Island, Nigeria
Victoria Island in Nigeria’s most populated city of Lagos has become a hot tourist attraction for those hoping to sample the Naija culture in style. VI is home to the most beautiful beaches in Nigeria with its crisp ocean views and array of modern hotels.
The soaring, global popularity of Afrobeats means you can easily catch superstar artists like Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage, and even British acts like Skepta, who frequent there regularly.
Why wouldn’t you want to catch the exquisite views of Victoria Falls? Zambia is widely regarded by travel industry experts as “untouched” with its sprawling nature reserves and array of beautiful wildlife.
Among the must-see locations, include an elephant orphanage near Lusaka and the Kafue National Park which is the country’s largest.
The Caribbean’s largest island will give you the biggest culture shock – but that’s what makes Cuba so special. It will feel as though the country is trapped in a ‘70s time-warp with its vintage cars and lack of modern technology, but this creates the perfect landscape for unique photos.
In addition to the friendly locals, Cuba offers a touch of everything from its jaw-dropping history, delicious delicacies and memorable entertainment shows like Tropicana in Havana. To take a real trip back in time, visit the incredibly old, cobbled town of Trinidad.
Malta is a country that has flown under the radar for many but is finally getting its shine, increasingly becoming more of a go-to destination each year. With the pretty architecture of Italy but less hoards of tourists, Malta is certainly the next best thing.
The country’s capital of Valletta has the perfect buzz of excitement thanks to its selection of gorgeous gardens, eye-catching statues and bargain markets where you can buy quality jewellery.
For the younger generation, Malta offers some of the coolest clubs in Europe with genres including dance and hip-hop. Plus if you visit in the summer months, you can catch the Isle of MTV Malta concert where some of the biggest pop acts perform.
So where will you be travelling to in 2018?
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