As the year comes to a close and a new one sits heavily upon the horizon, travelers turn their sights toward a new fleet of places to visit. It all depends on what you’re looking for; is it a cozy escape filled with history and rolling green hills? A beachside haven that lets you go off the grid for a while? From metropolitan cities to exotic villages, here are a few a destinations you should consider in 2018.
1. Seville, Spain
Seville in the summer is possibly one of the most beautiful things you will see in your life. From the Plaza de Espana to La Giralda clock tower, the capital of Andalucia is teeming with vibrant culture, gorgeous architecture, historical landmarks, and a nightlife that will keep you out well into the following morning. Fancy a trip to the oldest restaurant in Spain? Add El Rinconcillo to your list of eateries before leaving.
2. Lisbon, Portugal
Be it a weekend getaway or a full-fledged vacation, the city of Lisbon does not disappoint. Situated right on the water, the cool ocean breeze perfectly complements a day of exploring this Portuguese city. Perfect for a walking tour, a night out on the town, and some of the greatest food you’ll ever taste, Libson should top your travel list this year. On your trip, be sure to visit the nearby Sintra for its colorful and majestic castles, or take a surfing lesson out on the beach.
3. Cork, Ireland
While Dublin is fantastic as anything, Cork often doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Rich with history and personality, the streets of Cork are perfect for strolling, shopping, or simply getting happily lost. Be sure to visit English Market, which has been open since 1788, to fulfill all your food-loving dreams.
4. Chiang Mai, Thailand
This mountainous city has plenty of activities to fill up your itinerary– the fan favorite being the elephant sanctuary. Live out some major wildlife dreams by feeding, washing, and spending some quality time with these beautiful creatures.
5. Bariloche, Argentina
So much more than the home of fantastic Argentinian chocolate, Bariloche is one of the most frequented locations of the Lake District. Between hiking, fishing, and biking, you’re sure to spend most of your time out of doors, as you should.
6. San Francisco, CA, USA
This city is so much more than a tech hub. Now with more Michelin stars than New York City, cuisine is a major draw in itself. With a burgeoning nightlife and plenty of culture that goes back to the Beats and Hippies and beyond, you’re sure to find something to your liking in this Northern California gem.
7. Auckland, New Zealand
Serene landscapes and a different pace of life await you in Auckland. Enjoy city sights and attractions along with nearby beaches such as Mission Bay and Karekare. Surf the morning away at Piha and venture over to Rangitoto Island. What more could you want?