With the year 2017 coming to an end, it’s time to look forward to a new year full of travel opportunities. Lonely Planet has already compiled a list of the top 10 best cities to visit in 2018, but American Express Travel has made its own list, using its own proprietary booking data. The American Express Travel study reveals a lot of other interesting information as well, but let’s focus today on the top 10 travel destinations in 2018. NOW READ: Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2018, According to Lonely Planet Also Read - Ms. & Mrs. Gorgeous Worldwide Beauty Pageant to be Held in Bali in May
Rocks on Beautiful Dreamland beach-Bali,Indonesia
The Indonesian island of Bali was recently in the news for the eruption of Mount Agung, shutting down airlines and stranding travelers for days. But while the eruption continues, its impact on Bali’s tourism should quell by the time 2018 rolls in. The Island of the Gods has something for everyone; there is pleasant weather all year long, rugged hills and mountains to climb, soft sandy beaches to sunbathe in and luxurious villas to treat yourself. You can’t go wrong with a destination that does so many thing right. Also Read - Mandira Bedi Looks Smouldering Hot in Bikini as She Flaunts Her Washboard Abs During Bali Vacay
Specifically, the San Jose and Liberia regions of Costa Rica should see an uptick in travelers in 2018. Downtown San Jose and the larger San Jose province are the heart of the country. The weather is mild and pleasant, and the city itself is warm and welcoming to tourists. It is also close to a number of the most popular points of attraction in Costa Rica. The city of Liberia in the northwest province of Guanacaste is also well-prepared to become a tourist hub, with its rich history and proximity to Guanacaste’s white sand beaches and volcanoes and rainforests. Also Read - Dream11 Team Prediction Portugal vs Spain: Captain and Vice Captain For Today, Match 1 Iberia Cup 2019 Between POR vs SPA at Dubai 6:30 PM IST October 25
Coming in next is Dubai, a natural fit into any list of top travel destinations. One of the most glittery and progressive of the seven quasi-independent emirates of the UAE, Dubai has risen rapidly in just a few decades. It was once an small oasis in the desert, but today it has the largest mall in the world, the tallest building in the world, and a skyline that is out of this world. Go dune bashing in some of the biggest sand dunes in the UAE, explore the rugged and remote wadis and enjoy the oases of Al Ain. CHECK OUT: This Dubai time-lapse video is all you need to plan you next trip soon!
Tower bridge, London
Jolly Old London needs no introduction. This is a packed, frenetic city that isn’t just the capital of the UK, but the largest city of the country and Western Europe and the European Union. It is as multicultural and cosmopolitan as it gets, having evolved over the span of several centuries. The city lies on the Thames River, and is considered one of a handful of ‘global cities’, important centers of culture, art, fashion, music and politics.
The study suggests that the Lisbon and Porto regions in Portugal will also be among the most visited destinations in 2018. The capital city of Lisbon is the most populous of the country and a vibrant city that seen a revival in tourist numbers in recent years. The city offers a rich history to explore and a lively nightlight, along with a budding contemporary culture. Its limestone buildings and narrow alleys are a reminder of its status as one of the oldest cities in Western Europe. Porto city is the second largest city in Portugal, meanwhile, and a major commercial center despite relatively few citizens.
The eternal city of Rome is most famous for being the center of the Roman Empire, and the remnants and monuments of this time are spread throughout the city. It is also Italy’s largest city, and the center of culture and power for millennia. Rome’s history alone makes it worth visiting a hundred times over, but there is so much more to this city. There are the iconic buildings, statues and basilicas, the Byzantine and Renaissance artwork, and the La Dolce Vita lifestyle. ALSO READ: Milan Bans Selfie Sticks, Joins the Italian Cities of Florence and Rome
Tel Aviv skyline at sunset
Israel’s largest metropolitan area and second largest city Tel Aviv is its very own piece of Manhattan. The city lies around 60 km from Jerusalem and 100 km from Haifa, and is the most liberal city in the country. It is also, interestingly, one of the friendliest cities for the LGBT community. Its beaches and party lifestyle have earned it comparisons with the city of Miami, Florida, and the predominant white hues of its Bauhaus buildings have earned it the nickname ‘White City’.
A combination of Utah and Colorado, the big draw of the region is its desert landscape. Park City, Denver, Vail, Aspen and Salt Lake City are expected to be among the top travel destinations next year, and we can certainly see why. Each city has its own identity and unique experience, but they all offer a gateway to explore the vast deserts and snow-capped mountains of the American West and its history and heritage.
Next up is Vietnam, the southeast Asian country that promises incredible natural beauty and a deep, often troubling, history. Hanoi and its crazy streets attract millions of tourists every year. It is Vietnam’s second largest city, mixing in the cultures of the East and West, with a bit of French mixed in. It is rapidly developing , too, and with skyscrapers and malls coming up in the Western districts. Ho Chi Minh City is another big tourist trap, with many travelers and locals still referring to the city by its older name, Saigon. NOW READ: 8 days in Vietnam: Your complete Vietnam itinerary!
Finally, at number ten, we have Zurich. The massive city has grown around the central Altstadt, which itself rose centuries ago along the banks of the Limmat River. And on the horizon, the majestic snow-capped Swiss Alps stand. The picturesque city is among the richest in the world today, and an odd mix of flamboyant and low-key that it manages to pull off surprisingly well.