Top 10 Places to Travel in 2018

Marianne Stenger
19th December 2017

A brand new year is upon us and since we all need something to look forward to now that the fun and excitement of Christmas well and truly behind us, January tends to be a big holiday booking month. So if you’ve started putting together your travel bucket list for 2018, here’s a look at some of the hottest travel destinations for the coming year.

1. Cuba

Cuba is expected to to be a popular travel destination in 2018, thanks to its strong culture, eclectic architecture and of course, its reputation for being a country frozen in time.

Cuba enjoys excellent weather almost all year round, and there’s plenty to see, from the UNESCO World Heritage site in old Havana to the gorgeous Caribbean beaches all along the coast, and you can sample the country’s famous oak aged rum and cigars just about anywhere you go.

2. Oman

It’s probably one of the least known travel destinations on this list, but this tiny Middle Eastern country is no less extraordinary. Oman has a rich heritage and culture, as well as amazingly diverse landscapes, from lush fruit plantations and a stunning coastline to sand dunes and canyons.

Whether you’re hoping for a relaxing holiday that’s all about history and delicious cuisine or would prefer an adventure-packed trip complete with camel trekking, rock climbing and scuba diving, Oman should definitely be on your bucket list.

3. Saint Lucia

Craving a Caribbean beach holiday? Look no further than the lush island nation of Saint Lucia. In addition to its stunning beaches where you can snorkel and scuba dive or just lounge on the sand with a cocktail in hand, Saint Lucia has rainforests and magnificent volcanic mountains that are perfect for trekking, hiking, horseback riding and zipline or segway tours.

4. Portugal

Whether you’re after sun, sand and surf or are hoping for some top-notch food and wine, Portugal has it all and then some. The country has long been overshadowed by Mediterranean countries like Spain and Italy, but it’s recently been enjoying a well-deserved moment in the spotlight.

From Porto’s port wine and plentiful culture in the north to the spectacular beaches of Algarve in the south, Portugal has something for everyone.

5. Chile

Chile is expected to be a hotspot for UK travellers this year, especially how that there are nonstop flights from London Heathrow to Santiago in Chile.

Chile is the world’s narrowest country with an average width of just 110 miles. It’s also the ideal destination for adventure travellers, as you’ll be able to tackle everything from skiing in the Andes to white water rafting in the gorge of Cajon el Maipo to stargazing in the Atacama Desert.

6. Peru

Peru is another South American country that’s been gaining popularity among travellers in recent years, and it’s not hard to see why. Peru has become famous for the Machu Picchu ruins, but there’s so much more to see, from the capital city of Lima which is worth a visit for its colonial architecture and vibrant nightlife to the beaches of Mancora to the spectacular Rainbow Mountain.

7. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina is probably one of Eastern Europe’s least visited countries, but just because it isn’t as well-known doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a visit. The country’s warm culture, historic towns and vibrant capital city of Sarajevo are its main draws, but it also has some stunning undisturbed nature which includes rocky mountains, gorges and valleys, blue rivers and magnificent waterfalls.

8. Iceland

Iceland is a fascinating country to visit and as more savvy travellers look beyond the usual beach holidays, it’s bound to be a popular destination in the coming years.

One of Iceland’s biggest attractions is the Northern lights, which can be seen from September to mid-April. But there’s plenty to do and see all year-round in Iceland, from the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to Icelandic glaciers, volcanoes and amazing wildlife.

9. The Maldives

The Maldives is the ultimate luxury beach destination, with the clear crystal waters of the Indian Ocean, white sandy beaches and stunning array of underwater wildlife that includes sea turtles, dolphins, whale sharks and manta rays.

Aside from its natural beauty, however, another important reason to visit the Maldives is that it’s under threat from climate change. The tropical island is one of the lowest lying countries on the planet and if sea levels continue to rise, it may all but disappear within the next 30 years.

10. Greece

Whether you’re a history buff or just want to relax with some great food and plenty of sun, Greece is still one of the best European destinations for travellers of all ages. With 6000 islands, many of which are either still uninhabited or sparsely populated, it’s still possible to break away from the crowds and experience Greek culture, cuisine and nature undisturbed.