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Travel has been in the spotlight in 2017. New York predicted that 300,000 fewer foreign visitors would come to the city due to the results of the 2016 Presidential Election. There are no signs of that thus far. But in the meantime, there have been a number of new hotspot travel destinations popping up in time for 2018.
The decline in Americans traveling abroad has led to a range of flight deals. In fact, flights to Western Europe are now 15% cheaper than last year. And there are no signs these prices are going to rise anytime soon.
So where should you be heading in 2018 for your vacation?
This destination is less than an hour from Panama City and is a gorgeous village sitting right in the rainforest. If you want a quiet vacation spot, this is the place to go. It’s a completely sustainable village reached only by a dirt road. The organizers even have a Kalu Yala scholarship for those who want to study sustainable living and improving life quality.
It’s both a learning experience and the chance to experience a stunning destination all at the same time.
For a Caribbean paradise not far from home, head to the Dominican Republic. It’s one of the cheaper islands in the Caribbean and comes with a wide variety of places to see and visit.
Sample the historical wonder of Santo Domingo, the first city in the Americas founded by the Spanish. Head to the mountains of Jarabacoa and take in the beautiful waterfalls and huge forest-covered mountains there. Or go north or east to Puerto Plata and Punta Cana respectively for that magical beach holiday.
Ecuador is so much more than your stopping off point before you head to the Galapagos Islands. Ecuador in its own right is one of the safest South American countries and is an easy country to visit without knowledge of Spanish because of its large expat community.
Head to Quito and see the wide metropolis that forms the heart of this country. Then head to Cuenca for a taste of old colonial Spain. And then when you’re finally finished on the mainland travel over to the gorgeous Galapagos Islands.
Guam is so much more than a place for the US military. This small Pacific island in Micronesia offers a beach holiday for less than Tahiti and Hawaii. Enjoy sun-kissed beaches and azure waters. Sit by your hotel pool or go on an excursion to Umatac where you can see the huge Spanish fort.
This is one of the most memorable destinations you can choose.
Did you know that from 2015 to 2016 the number of tourists went up by 40.1% in Iceland?
This is a hot destination that’s blowing up. Go in summer and enjoy some wonderful hiking opportunities. Head there in the winter and you’ll see what a true winter wonderland looks like. With stunning natural attractions, such as hiking up the country’s many volcanoes and the hot spring waters of the Blue Lagoon, this is an unforgettable destination with a truly unique selection of attractions.
Not many people consider Sweden when they think about coming to Europe. But it’s green plains, great weather, and the English-speaking population is driving people towards this Scandinavian country.
The colorful and elegant city of Stockholm has an old town to rival Prague, London, Paris, or anywhere else in Europe. Malmo is a cool, laidback student town, and Gothenburg gives you an insight into some of Sweden’s glorious history.
Plus it’s easy to get to from anywhere in the world!
Not a lot of people know much about Timor Leste. For somewhere different, and a delightful snorkeling destination, this is the ideal location for you.
With colonial beauty in Bacau and a coastline ringed with coral reefs, you’ll see an array of marine life that’s sadly absent from more traditional beach holiday destinations. And Timor Leste is a cheap country to boot, so you don’t have to break the bank to come here.
Bolivia is another incredibly safe destination in South America. High in altitude, this is truly an adventure through the jungles of this continent. It’s cheap, safe, and easy to get to grips with, so you can stave off that all-important culture shock.
You have the Andes Mountains, the Atacama Desert, and the Amazon Rainforest. Whatever you want, Bolivia has it here, so you’re bound to find something to make your vacation special!
Vietnam has recovered completely since the war. Escape the tourists of the rest of Southeast Asia and enjoy magical Vietnam, with Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. See imperial palaces and forbidden cities. Lay back and relax in isolated paradises like Ha Long Bay and drink a beer at one of the floating bars there.
And you’ll witness sunsets like no other!
Venezuela still has safe areas, despite the turmoil. The islands just off the mainland are still open to tourists and have many beautiful Caribbean resorts there. You can also check out other places, including Angel Falls, and locations near the border regions if you go with an official tour guide.
Plus the destruction of the currency means you can stay in a hotel for less than $10 a night. This is a place for the real adventurers in your life.
Where Will You Go in 2018?
With so many incredible places to visit in 2018, it can be hard to choose just one. With these 10 hotspot travel destinations to sample, you’re guaranteed to have a year full of fun and golden memories.
Do you know where you’re going to go in 2018?