Best places to visit in 2018 according to Travel + Leisure – Chron
Abu Dhabi:

Where: United Arab Emirates
Reason to visit: Thriving treasure trove of art and architecture.

Where: New Mexico
Reasons to visit: The annual hot-air-balloon festival, a creative and buzzing atmosphere, and upscale stores and restaurants.
Archipelago Sea:

Where: Finland
Reason to visit: Low-trafficked area of Finland where people can enjoy local markets, food and nature.

Where: Indonesia
Reason to visit: Amazing ocean views from luxury hotels and high-end restaurants.

Where: Thailand
Reason to visit: Tropical escape that offers lush riverfront dining and shopping.

Where: Germany
Reasons to visit: Home to two of the world's greatest opera houses, Bavarian biergartens, and vineyards.
Big Sur:

Where: California
Reason to visit: Beautiful ocean views, sunsets and high quality glamping.

Where: Idaho
Reason to visit: Thriving craft beer and food scene.

Where: Belgium
Reason to visit: Young breweries, plenty of museums and beautiful architecture.
Buenos Aires:

Where: Argentina
Reason to visit: A known hub for arts, sports and politics along with world-class food.
Colombia’s Pacific Coast:

Where: Colombia
Reason to visit: Excellent fishing, private beaches and breathtaking views.

Where: Denmark
Reason to visit: High-end restaurants, new hotels and craft beer.

Where: Canada
Reason to visit: The city in Alberta has a growing food and museum scene bringing tourists to the location.

Where: Africa
Reason to visit: Treasures of the ancient world.

Where: Oceania
Reason to visit: On top of the unbelievable beaches and luxury resorts there is also great opportunity for scuba diving and exploring nature.

Where: Danish territory
Reason to visit: Explore the island by boat, helicopter or on foot and experience nature.

Where: South Carolina
Reason to visit: Despite the small population, the city has a thriving food and bar scene.

Where: The Caribbean
Reason to visit: Everything from uncrowded beaches to rain forests to local culture and cuisine.
Iguazú Falls:

Where: Argentina and Brazil
Reason to visit: Native tribes, river kayaking, jungle treks and of course beautiful scenery.

Where: Europe
Reason to visit: Whiskey that has been blooming for over a decade, historic estates and various distilleries.
Iya Valley:

Where: Japan
Reason to visit: Zip lines, hiking trails and local farmhouses.

Where: Middle East
Reason to visit: Petra - the "lost" citadel, ancient rock carvings, and luxury hotels including the Dead Sea Resort & Spa.
Los Cabos:

Where: Mexico
Reason to visit: Thriving beach town, and high-end eateries and hotels.
Luang Prabang:

Where: Laos
Reason to visit: Golden Buddhist temples, French-colonial architecture, elephant sanctuaries and hiking trails.

Where: Morocco
Reason to visit: Vibrant sensory landscape, artistic crowd and luxury hotels.

Where: East Africa
Reason to visit: Dreamy lagoon views, luxury hotels, and fine dining experiences.

Where: Argentina
Reason to visit: Great wine, beautiful vineyards, and delicious foods.
Mexico City:

Where: Mexico
Reason to visit: Artistic culture, design-forward hotels and high-end restaurants.

Where: Balkans
Reason to visit: Luxury boutique hotels, cruises, and spas.
Mornington Peninsula:

Where: Australia
Reason to visit: Rolling vineyards, sandy shoreline, horseback riding, swimming with dolphins and seaside villages.
Nagambie Lakes:

Where: Australia
Reason to visit: Historic 19th century vines, waterskiing, rowing, sailing and a variety of wineries.
New Orleans:

Where: Louisiana
Reason to visit: Mardi Gras parades, festival of lights, classic Cajun food and bars.

Where: South Korea
Reasons to visit: Site for the 2018 Winter Olympics, panoramic mountain views, and tourist-friendly attractions.
Salina Island:

Where: Italy
Reason to visit: Natural beauty, steep mountains, blossoming trees and wildflowers, small villages and miles of vineyards.
San Antonio:

Where: Texas
Reason to visit: The Alamo, the famous River Walk, and a variety of restaurants and bars.
São Paulo:

Where: Brazil
Reason to visit: Cultural epicenter with thriving art and food scene.

Where: China
Reason to visit: A sprawling arts complex, unique architecture and luxury dining.

Where: Balkans
Reason to visit: Unique wines, local cuisine and other culinary experiences.

Where: Croatia
Reason to visit: Boat rides from island to island, medieval villages and winemaking.
Southern Province

Where: Sri Lanka
Reasons to visit: Good surfing, beautiful ocean views, and active night life.
Tel Aviv:

Where: Israel
Reason to visit: Active nightlife and culinary scene, upscale hotels and trendy cafes.
The Bahamas:

Where: Caribbean
Reason to visit: Beautiful beaches, luxury resorts and fine dining.
The Berkshires:

Where: Massachusetts
Reason to visit: Farm-to-table food, leaf-peeping, and great museums.
The Peloponnese:

Where: Greece
Reason to visit: 2,000 year-old olive trees, fresh food and cheese, and wellness-themed workshops.

Where: Canada
Reasons to visit: Luxury properties and forward-thinking restaurants.

Where: Central Asia
Reasons to visit: Well-preserved mosques and harems and a rich cultural experience.

Where: Malta
Reasons to visit: Turquoise waters, historic and breathtaking scenery, and various festivals.
Walla Walla Valley

Where: Washington
Reasons to visit: Over 300 days of sunshine a year, wineries, tasting rooms and luxury hotels.
Washington D.C.

Where: Maryland
Reasons to visit: Great waterfront activities, high-end restaurants, museums, and historic monuments.

Where: East Africa
Reasons to visit: Great safari destination, variety of wildlife and guided tours.
The new year is officially rolling in and people are beginning to think about their resolutions for 2018. Among the usual list of intentions, is the goal to travel more in the new year.
Typical destinations like France and Italy are great, but the world has a lot to offer outside of the typical tourist-packed destinations.
SOMETHING DIFFERENT: 'Fit vacations' are the trend among millennial travelers
For example, instead of visiting Venice or Sicily, Italy's Salina Island offers many of the same experiences and views without the high-density tourism.
Travel + Leisure released a list of places to visit in 2018 after consulting with their travel experts and surveying places at the "forefront of the global conversation."
Among the international destinations are various U.S. spots that many people would rarely think to visit.
Take a look through the gallery above to see what places are going to be 2018's hottest travel destinations.
Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli is a digital producer at You can read more of her stories here and follow her on twitter at @Dani_DiNapoli.
Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli is a digital producer for and the Houston Chronicle.


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