↣ I am sure that right now everybody’s making plans for best places to visit in 2018. The travel-passionate ones have already bought tickets to a few places or have some countries that are already on their bucket list. I know I do!
If you need inspiration on what you should visit in 2018, whether it’s the mountains or the sea, this is the right place. Cuba, Thailand, Australia, Iceland or Antarctica, you name it! Read below an honest list of the best places to visit in 2018:
Cuba has been my favorite place to travel to in 2017 and that is why I believe it should be on your list for 2018. The weather is perfect (okay, sometimes too hot), the food is delicious, the people are kind and warm and there are a lot of things to do there. If you have doubts about this country, you should not worry, I’ve been there, too. I had doubts about safety, mainly, but once I got there and I got to know how things truly are, all my fears disappeared. Cuba is safe, is welcoming and one of the best places to visit in 2018. Before you go, here are some things to know before traveling to Cuba.
2. Koh Lipe, Thailand
Sticking to warm places, one of the best places to visit in 2018 is definitely Thailand. Thailand is a haven for backpackers searching for the best tropical beaches, but it’s also known for its huge tourist crowds. Koh Lipe is one of the remaining islands in the country that is not fully commercialized, and its amazing blue beaches garnered its title “The Maldives of Thailand.”
Koh Lipe is a fairly small island which you can explore by foot. It has three main beaches – Pattaya Beach, Sunrise Beach and Sunset Beach. Here you can beach bum for days, enjoy fresh coconuts or do activities like island hopping, kayaking or diving. You can also enjoy cocktails at bohemian bars or go for a walk along Walking Street, which has dozens of restaurants offering authentic Thai dishes and seafood, souvenir shops and everything else you might need.
That saying, there is no greater time to visit Koh Lipe than this 2018. If you want to read more about this wonderful destination, Katherine has written an entire travel guide.
3. Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
Since we’re talking about Thailand, here is another great island you should definitely put on your bucket list.
For those looking for a perfect beach destination, with some of the most stunning and clear waters in the world, combined with landscapes that will take your breath away, then the Ko Phi Phi Islands in Thailand it’s the place! Whether you want to snorkel with fish, relax on a beach, learn how to dive, or party the night away there is a huge range of fun and enjoyable experiences to be had.
One of the best things to do when visiting Ko Phi Phi is a speedboat tour, where you’d visit various islands, coves, lagoons, monkey beaches, as well as snorkel with exotic and wonderful colored fish. You may even get to see some coral sharks. Mike from Travel and Destinations admitted: “going on such a tour was one of the most special experiences I’ve had! With beautiful scenery above the water and a watery paradise below, it has given me memories that I will never forget.“
Here are more details about his experience in Thailand.
4. Byron Bay, Australia
Still on that part of the world, there’s this beautiful and instagrammable place called Byron Bay.
Beautiful Byron Bay is for many, a highlight of Australia. The tiny town boasts incredible beaches and world-class surf, but what makes it different from the rest of the towns on the east coast is its vibe. It’s a hippie place where shoes are optional, with colorful shops, yoga classes in abundance and the most delicious health food cafes and stores. Byron Bay isn’t short of natural beauty either: it’s the best place on the east coast to catch the sunrise and sunset, there is preserved rainforest within the town and its hinterland is home to some of the most incredible national parks and waterfalls.
Byron’s the kind of place where you can get stuck for some time, but even if you only have a few days, make sure you put Byron Bay on your list of best places to visit in 2018! Claire’s Footsteps have taken here in Byron Bay and she has put together a road trip itinerary which you’ll love!
If you’re looking for adventure in colder places, Iceland is one of the best places to visit in 2018. Over the past few years, the Nordic country has been growing in popularity. It is true that there are more tourists in Iceland than Icelandic people, but that shouldn’t keep you from visiting and experiencing the amazing natural beautify of the country.
Iceland is a raw, rugged, and surreal land that one can only see to believe. Many of the destinations around the country remind you of far-off destinations. This is perhaps why they film whimsical movies there such as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Oblivion.
Traveling around Iceland is easy with your own car or with a tour. Many people opt to self-drive the country and that way they can get to the beautiful destinations themselves. Waterfalls, black sand beaches, canyons, and beautiful fjords plague the nation. It’s the perfect place to come for a breath of fresh air in 2018! Check out this itinerary from The World Pursuit which will help you get a glimpse of what Iceland is really like.
If you enjoy wildlife, natural beauty, and adventure, you must visit Antarctica in 2018. The White Continent shows up on many travel bucket lists and rightfully so. Matilda from The Travel Sisters dreamt about visiting Antarctica for years and when it finally happened it was even better than what she imagined. With a landscape full of icebergs, snow, and icy waters, Antarctica is beautiful, magnificent and breathtaking beyond what any words can describe.
Although it is remote, there is no shortage of amazing things to do in Antarctica. The best way to visit Antarctica is on an expedition cruise which offers landings and opportunities to view the beautiful scenery and the diverse wildlife including whales, seals, and penguins. Active travelers can kayak, hike and even do a polar plunge. Antarctica is often described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but you will definitely want to return.
7. Zermatt, Switzerland
Let’s not forget about Europe! I’ve been in Switzerland just for a day, at the Christmas Market in Basel, but I absolutely loved it. Arzo from Arzo Travels has also been there but in Zermatt. This is a small town in Switzerland, but world-famous. While it is one of the best-known ski resorts in the world it is also well-known because of the Matterhorn – the mountain with the unique shape you can find on the Toblerone chocolate as well.
It does not matter whether you visit Zermatt in the winter or in the summer – this place is definitely worth a visit. Here are a few tips for what you can do in Zermatt: stroll along the Vispa River, explore the cute car-free town of Zermatt, and get up Matterhorn Glacier Paradise to enjoy awesome views.
Another reason to visit Zermatt in 2018: In 2017 the longest hanging bridge for pedestrians was opened in Zermatt. The suspension bridge is almost 500 meters long and passing that bridge is reason enough to consider Zermatt one of the best places to visit in 2018. And if you need more inspiration, here are more things to do in Zermatt.
For visiting a bigger part of Ireland, Eoin from Dollysquest.com has told me about The Wild Atlantic Way. It is a tourism trail which stretches from Cork in the south of Ireland to the west coast up to Donegal in the north of Ireland. The trail is over 2500 km long and encompasses nine of Irelands thirty-two counties. Along the coast, visitors will experience the rugged beauty which Ireland is famous for. They will see a truly ancient Ireland as the pass alongside castles, stone forts, and many other ancient structures.
This route also includes the astounding cliffs of Moher in County Clare and Skellig Michael Island famous from Star Wars. Expect to experience varying degrees of weather and a constant chance of rain. You will also see the strength and beauty of the Atlantic Ocean as it pushes upon the west coast of Ireland. The route is easy to follow and includes many towns and villages in which you will be able to find accommodation, kind locals and a warm meal.
So whether you’re an addicted traveler or just a casual one, the above-mentioned destinations should be on your bucket list for 2018. If you have suggestions for the best places to visit in 2018, please leave them below ↓ ↓ ↓