Top Travel Destinations You Need to Visit in 2018

Dreaming of a vacation? We feel you. It’s cold, the holidays are officially over, and you need something to look forward to. The new year often means two things: a fresh start, and a reset on your vacation days. There’s nothing more magical than counting down the number of sleeps until your next adventure. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get your planning on.

Every year, Travel + Leisure reveals their top 50 places to visit, and this year their list was nothing short of spectacular. Last year, coveted hotspots such as Iceland and Portugal graced their list, then quickly dominated IG feeds and travel vlogs. So which destination will become 2018s “it” place to visit? We’ll let you decide.

Here’s a snapshot of 10 Travel + Leisure 2018 destinations. For the full list, check out Travel and Leisure's 50 places to visit in 2018.

Abu Dhabi

If you’re looking for lavish hand-loomed carpets, record breaking roller coasters and high tea with a view, you’ll find it in Abu Dhabi. Take a quick shisha break before heading to a variety of markets where you can haggle your heart away.

 Photo courtesy of: Visit Abu Dhabi

Photo courtesy of: Visit Abu Dhabi


Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tango your way through the city, and bask in the beauty of its architecture and colourful designs. Buenos Aires has a dynamic food scene, and is well known for its carnivorous menus. Indulge in a juicy steak, and wash it down with a generous glass of wine.  

 Photo courtesy of: Turismo Buenos Aires

Photo courtesy of: Turismo Buenos Aires


Egypt

Egypt is bound to bring out the explorer in you. How can you say no to historic tours, magnificent monuments, and picturesque deserts?

 Photo courtesy of: Egypt Travel

Photo courtesy of: Egypt Travel


Marrakesh, Morocco

Step foot in Marrakesh, and prepare for your senses to awaken. Dive right into the culture and be mesmerized by its artisan heritage and souk shopping.

 Photo courtesy of: Marrakesh Travel

Photo courtesy of: Marrakesh Travel


Grenada

It’s not called the spice island for nothing. Take in the sweet scent of nutmeg as you grace beaches, enjoy lively local culture, and explore preserved rainforests.

 Photo courtesy of: Pure Grenada

Photo courtesy of: Pure Grenada


Luang Prabang, Laos

Move over Vietnam and Thailand. Laos is going to be Southeast Asia’s next hotspot. Surrounded by nature and serene sights, you’ll be left with no choice but to disconnect and slow it down. Embrace the calm.

 Photo courtesy of: Visit Laos

Photo courtesy of: Visit Laos


Shanghai, China

It’s name alone evokes history, glamour and opulence. Take in the modern skyline over a mouth-watering meal after a full day of shopping.

 Photo courtesy of: China Highlights

Photo courtesy of: China Highlights


Šolta, Croatia

Swap crowded roads for crystal clear sea and pebble beaches. This laid back island offers a relaxed vibe with affordable prices. And no, you aren’t dreaming - UberBOAT has hit Croatia, making Šolta an easy to get to hotspot.  

 Photo courtesy of: Visit Solta

Photo courtesy of: Visit Solta


Valletta, Malta

It’s doesn’t get anymore picture-perfect than this. Architectural elegance sits on a rocky landscape overlooking turquoise blue water.

 Photo courtesy of: Visit Malta

Photo courtesy of: Visit Malta


Copenhagen, Denmark

Scandinavian aesthetic is so popular right now, it’s no surprise Copenhagen is a must-visit destination in 2018. From outskirt villages to scenic canals, it’s a city full of history that you’ll definitely fall in love with. Fun fact: It’s the birthplace of Lego - need we say more?

 Photo courtesy of: Visit Copenhagen

Photo courtesy of: Visit Copenhagen