If you’re anything like me, you’ll agree that this cold snap in the UK came around pretty fast. I’m A July Dreamer after all, and I long for some sunshine and adventure. Planning my travel itinerary for the coming year is one of my favourite things to do once December hits. And as we close the book on 2017, I’ve been giving some serious thought to getting off the beaten path in the New Year.
A quick look at many of the recommended 2018 holiday destinations brings up the same old favourites, like Majorca, Tenerife and Corfu. Each boast white sand beaches and year-round warmth, but I’m more interested in trying something new next year. If you feel the same, you’ll be just as intrigued as I am by some of the upcoming holiday destinations for 2018.
I’m all for city breaks, especially in locations as surprising as Mainz. Even so, it’s easy to think you know everything about somewhere like Dubai without even going there. As such, you may be surprised to hear that Dubai’s tourism industry is on the up, with a whole host of unique events being held there over the coming year. It’s not all beaches, boutique shopping and bumping into A-list celebrities either. Jazz festivals, food festivals and even the Fiesta de los Muertos – a Mexican style Day Of The Dead celebration – mean there’s a little something for everyone.
The corners of the Far East
Cruises have a reputation for hosting lazy laps of the Mediterranean. When in actual fact they’re largely leading the way when it comes to opening our eyes to far-out destinations. The Far East is growing in popularity among cruisers of all ages, so much so that Marella Cruises’. Marella Discovery is poised to start sailing in the region permanently. I can’t pretend I’m not excited about the idea of exploring Malaysia or Thailand in luxury. As such destinations are transforming into key holiday spots for more than just the gap year crowd.
Tradition in Tokyo
Tokyo may conjure up images of bustling streets and crowded spaces, yet the city boasts an atmosphere that’s surprisingly serene. Tokyo also has an often overlooked cultural side, tucked away from the bustle of the main tourist areas. Highlights include The Imperial Palace and a number of temples. The likes of which are must-visits for anyone hope to find out more on the city’s vibrant history.
Chile is small but packed with character, and it’s coming up on the radar of a lot of holidaymakers in 2018. Andean trails that go through forgotten rainforests and past stunning ruins make for a massively inspiring stay, while for city trips rather than rugged terrain, Santiago still has lots to offer – including the renowned Lollapalooza music festival.
So many places, so little time. I’m sure I’m only scratching the surface too… do you think I’ve missed anywhere awesome for 2018’s big break?