Annually, one destination is always favoured to be the destination of the year. Leading travel websites, travel experts and editors all around the world weigh in, to curate a list of the best places to travel in 2018. There are always a few destinations dominating the top spots usually because they are hosting major international events, celebrations or reinventing themselves. Making them the desired destination and leaving us all rewriting our bucket lists.
In 2017, Canada unanimously topped all the lists as the number 1 destination. 2017 was a big year for Canada as it celebrated its 150th anniversary and among the massive celebrations planned, entry to all their National Parks was free for the entire year – which meant tourists came flocking (us included).
Now it’s that time of the year, where next years “it” destinations are revealed. I have crossed reference multiple sites and tallied the results to reveal next years leading destination.
The best places to travel in 2018 are…. drum roll, please…
South Korea will be playing host to the 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in PyeongChang, naturally elevating this country’s status. But beyond the Olympics, South Korea has become a mecca for foodies, Korean BBQ and kimchi being among the must-try dishes. The well-known futuristic and buzzing capital city of Seoul already holds an impressive reputation among travellers. So despite their less than hospitable northern neighbour, South Korea is set to become the next hot spot in travel.
This underrepresented trio of islands sitting between Sicily and Northern Africa will be putting itself on the map next year. This historic walled city dates back to 1565 and combines the Mediterranean vibe with a little North African flare. Malta was also named 2018 European Capital of Culture. As travellers now start to seek authentic experiences in lesser-known destinations, Malta is a perfectly poised European city to give everyone the taste of Europe without the crowds.
But an honourable mention must also go to New Zealand, Mexico, Mauritius, China and Chile who made a number of appearances on various lists.