If you intend on 2018 being your best year yet, you’ll want to start filling up your calendar with adventurous yet glamorous getaways. Luckily for you, we’ve done our research and rounded up the year’s soon-to-be biggest travel destinations, from Chile to Northern Ireland.
Check out what these exciting spots have to offer in 2018 and book your flights ASAP — before everyone else catches on!
From the mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in Torres del Paine National Park to the bustling city of Santiago, it’s no wonder Chile was named Lonely Planet’s number one country to visit in 2018. You’ll also find beaches up and down the coast, which means there is something for everyone in this spectacularly diverse country.
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
In January 2018, the highly-anticipated Etihad Museum will finally open to the public, chronicling the history of the United Arab Emirates and joining Dubai’s other world-class architecture and shopping. The fascinating building was inspired by the shape of a manuscript.
This is the year that Prague will get just as much attention as other major European cities, like Rome and London. It really is a metropolis that has it all: unbelievable architecture (from ancient chapels to Art Nouveau structures), some of the continent’s best beer, and bohemian art galleries galore.
Prague also happens to be huge fan of festivals, some of the 2018 highlights including the Prague Ice Cream Festival, the Colour Festival (full of vibrant art and music), and an international circus festival.
Northern Ireland also topped Lonely Planet’s list of top destinations to visit to in 2018. The general Belfast and Causeway Coast area is where many spectacular Game of Thrones scenes have been shot, so it’s only fair to visit during the year of the show’s final season, right?
As they say, Paris is always a good idea — but in 2018, the city of lights has some exciting happenings you won’t wan’t to miss. In April, the new immersive art experience called l’Atelier des Lumières will open to the public, and later that year the LVMH Theme Park will finally debut their steam punk rides.
The Winter 2018 Olympics will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea: Not only will you witness a once-in-a-lifetime sporting event, but exploring a historic city 2,296 feet above sea level is a pretty incredible experience, too.
VENICE TO LONDON ON THE ORIENT-EXPRESS
Arguably the world’s most famous train, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express takes classic train travel and transforms it into an over-the-top glamorous getaway.
Starting in March 2018, the train will feature three brand new grand suites, each one inspired by a different romantic destination, including Istanbul, Paris, and Venice. Travel on the Orient-Express from Venice to London and watch as the landscape majestically transforms around you. Prices start at £2,129 (about $2,2826) per person.
We predict Detroit, Michigan, will become a major go-to travel spot in 2018. Lonely Planet chose this once nearly-abandoned city as their second top choice for travel destinations next year.
Now that it’s being revived by young creatives, coffee shops, distilleries, nightlife and boutique hotels are popping up everywhere. Book your trip early and be one of the first to experience this city’s second coming.
There really is nowhere else in the world quite like Sydney, and with iconic cultural sites like the Opera House and the Museum of Contemporary Art filling their calendars with new projects, you’ll want to get down under ASAP.
While you’re in town, you won’t want to miss Andy Morton’s rendition of Puccini’s La Bohème from March 23 to April 22, 2018, at the Opera House, which culminates in fireworks over the Sydney skyline. At the MCA, don’t forget to visit the 21st Biennale of Sydney from March 16 to June 11, 2018.