As the world gets more and more connected, travelers are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing their next holiday destination. Forgo the usual holiday destinations such as Bali, Paris, London and Tokyo and venture out to these up and coming travel destinations. Here are seven gorgeous spots touted to be the hottest travel destinations in 2018.
Ready, Jet-set, Go!
1. Santiago, Chile
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Over 40% of the population of Chile lives in the capital of Santiago. This exciting and vibrant city offers activities and attractions galore and a great selection of restaurants, bars and nightlife. Use Santiago as a base to explore the rest of the country such as Easter Island and Torres del Paine National Park.
Where to stay: The Le Reve Boutique Hotel is a quaint boutique hotel with 31 rooms outfitted with traditional décor and luxurious details. If you’re looking for something a little more modern, check into the W Santiago for five-star service and tempting food and beverage options.
When to visit: Take note that the seasons are reversed in Chile – so the best time to visit is during summer which falls from December until February.
2. Munich, Germany
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Get a taste of Bavarian hospitality in Munich where you’ll find historic museums, beautiful architecture and breathtaking sights such as the Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace. Perhaps the most popular event in Munich (if not Germany) is Oktoberfest – so if you’re planning to join the festivities, don’t forget your lederhosen!
Where to stay: If you’re looking for a centrally-located launching pad to explore the city, consider the Mandarin Oriental Munich, a plush hotel located just off Marienplatz. For a more affordable option, try the Bavaria Boutique Hotel which offers simpler yet comfortable amenities.
When to visit: Make the most out of your Munich experience by visiting during Oktoberfest which is celebrated over a 16-18 day period from mid September.
3. Lisbon, Portugal
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This historic seaside city is romantic with its slow pace, cobblestone streets and charming architecture. Prices for accommodation, food and entertainment are also relatively affordable for European standards. Food and wine lovers will be in for a treat with the fresh, seasonal fare coming from Lisbon’s cafes.
Where to stay: With a prime location in the city center and services fit for royalty, Pousada de Lisboa is a nice option if you’re up for a bit of a plush trip. The hotel is located in a restored historic building, making for a truly memorable stay.
When to visit: Because Lisbon is picking up quite a bit of traction with travelers, the city tends to be very busy during the summer months. This time of year can also be quite hot, so come during spring for cooler weather, less tourists and better hotel rates.
4. Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Awarded the Green Capital of Europe in 2016, Ljubljana is serene and picturesque with tree-lined streets, glistening rivers and minimal access for cars. It’s a great city for walking, so bring your most comfortable shoes and explore the Ljubljana Castle, Central Market and Cathedral of St. Nicholas.
Where to stay: With cool neutral tones with splashes of metallic, the Vander Urbani Resort is a pleasure for lovers of contemporary design. The hotel has only 20 rooms, giving you ultimate privacy and personalized service. For a local experience, stay at the AURA Guesthouse Ljubljana, a cozy guest house that comes with all the basic necessities.
When to visit: Tourists flock to the city from June to August and most travelers avoid the city from November to March due to cold, wet weather. Travel in between those times for the best experience in Ljubljana.
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Mauritius has been a favourite with luxe travelers for many years now, but it is experiencing a new influx of wanderers in search of East African paradise. Offered here are spectacular beach resorts with world-class service. The natural beauty of the island is breathtaking too, with forests, mountains and unique wildlife.
Where to stay: The Oberoi Mauritius is a honeymooners dream come true. Located on the beachfront and with ace facilities like fine restaurants, a splendid spa and an offering of several stately rooms, it’s certainly worth the splurge. For simpler digs, check into the Cocotiers Seaside Boutik Hotel, located on the laid-back Tombeau Bay.
When to visit: It’s sun all year round in Mauritius, but make the most out of the dry season and visit from May until December.
6. Djibouti, Africa
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The tiny African country of Djibouti makes for a memorable trip thanks to it’s astounding natural landscapes. What you’ll find here are salt lakes, volcanoes, canyons and beaches like you’ve never seen them before. Depending on the season, you can also look forward to swimming with whale sharks.
Where to stay: One of the top hotels in the country is the Djibouti Palace Kempinski, an expansive property that has not one, but two swimming pools, a spa and numerous restaurants and bars. You’ll be spoiled for choice at this seafront resort.
When to visit: If you’re coming to see the whale sharks, visit during November until January and February through April is a perfect time to visit if you’re looking to avoid the hottest months.
7. Siargao, Philippines
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The Philippines is known for its beaches, but the chilled out island of Siargao is relatively unknown to foreign visitors. This spot is ideal for surfers thanks to the constant stream of good waves and an all-round relaxed vibe. Apart from the beaches, check out the rivers, waterfalls and forests nearby.
Where to stay: Hang ten at the Reef Beach Resort, a popular spot with the surfing crowd. The rooms err on the basic side, but when the beach is right at your doorstep, who’s staying inside? The Isla Cabana Resort proves to be a quieter affair as they have only 15 rooms and villas and two swimming pools.
When to visit: The Philippines is prone to typhoons, so it’s best to visit during the dry season to avoid a damper on your holiday. Visit from November to April to avoid the rains.
With so many exciting places to travel to in the new year, it’s best to start planning and saving up early and perhaps making a 2018 bucket list. You won’t want to miss these hot destinations while they’re still relatively under the radar.