There is no better time than now to start planning your holiday destinations for 2018, with the only question being “where should I travel next year?” Whether you’re looking for somewhere to switch off, want to immerse yourself in another culture or get out into nature and be a little more adventurous, the world is your oyster. If you’re looking to scratch that travel bug itch this New Year, we have a few suggestions for places that you might want to add and tick off your bucket list.
Isolated from the rest of South America, the nation’s political stability and diverse range of natural and cultural attractions makes it a hot spot for tourists. The coming year is also an important milestone for the country’s citizens, as they celebrate 200 years of independence in the capital, Santiago. As a nation of extremes, Chile is one destination that will show you some of Mother Nature’s best features; from their vast, bone-dry Atacama Desert in the North, the stunning Patagonia glaciers in the South, and the amazing Andes in the east. For those who prefer culture to nature, there is also plenty of variety, including Aconcagua Valley for wine lovers or Valparaiso, a hub for all things art.
Overshadowed for many years by it’s neighbour Spain, Portugal is now emerging as one of the go-to places for 2018. A buzzing centre for all things culture, cuisine and art, a number of museums have opened up in recent years for you to explore and discover the local creative scene. If food is what takes your fancy, you have to travel to Lisbon to taste the culinary creations of some of the best chefs around. Once you’re full and ready to relax, any avid beach goers can’t go past the Alentejo coastline with its beautiful, clear waves and stunning cliff sides. If however you’re looking for somewhere else to soak up the sun, there are plenty of quality options to choose from, with more than 300 of their beaches earning the Blue Flag rating.
If the sun is what you’re chasing, Malta is the place to head in 2018. This Mediterranean nation averages more than 300 days of sunshine every year, with plenty of beaches around to soak it up. The nation is culturally rich with various prehistoric and 17th century structures including temples, catacombs and air-raid shelters. For lovers of all things art, Malta’s capital city, Valletta, is set to be the European Capital of Culture for 2018, so expect to see Baroque masterpieces, numerous international film festivals and plenty of contemporary art.
A place unlike any other, Cuba is a must-see for any travel fanatics out there. The colourful, historically rich, cobbled streets of Havana will transport you back to the 1950s as you ride in a classic Cadillac, see some classic architecture and try a little salsa dancing. Being a part of the Caribbean you have to spend at least one day lying around on their pristine, postcard perfect beaches, but if you’re looking to get out of the city, you can explore the beautiful and lush surrounding countryside of Vinale.
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