These exciting destinations will be trending in the new year.
Before you start planning your vacations for 2018, you might want to read this list first. Travel + Leisure (Real Simple’s sister publication) just released its annual list, 50 Best Places to Travel in 2018, to inspire everyone’s travel decisions in the coming year.
You’ll find both domestic and international destinations in the comprehensive list, which was compiled after the editors surveyed travel writers, their A-List travel advisors, and their own staff. Other factors are taken into account, like which places are at the forefront of the global conversation, and which classic, favorite places are experiencing something of a renaissance.
Take a look at some notables on the list below and check out the whole list of the best places to travel in 2018.
According to T+L, the isle is under-the-radar compared to cities like Hvar or Brač, but that makes it even more enticing because it has pristine beaches, medieval villages, winemaking, and family-run olive oil purveyors.
Greenville, South Carolina
For foodies, there are plenty of places to check out that have recently opened or will in 2018: Husk (a restaurant with locations in Charleston and Nashville), food market hall Commons, Italian restaurant Jianna, and speakeasy lounge Vault & Vator.
There are plenty of luxury resorts to visit on this Caribbean island. T+L says it has “uncrowded beaches, preserved rain forests, and a lively local culture and cuisine.”
Walla Walla Valley, Washington
There are more than 140 wineries in Walla Walla Valley, so it’s the perfect place to visit on your wine tasting trip. The region also hosts four weekend-long wine events each year.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
While it’s known for its annual hot air balloon festival, the Sawmill District in the city is seeing a revival as a creative center, according to T+L. Hotel Chaco just opened in the district and is inspired by the state’s indigenous culture.
Pyeongchang, South Korea
This city will take center stage as the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics. In preparation for the Games, it’s easier than ever to get to there with a high-speed train that will transport passengers from Incheon International Airport to the resort town in 69 minutes.
T+L reports that the Emerald Isle has seen plenty of American tourists visiting recently due to favorable exchange rates and more available flights.
The capital was the world’s most visited city in 2016 with over 21 million international visitors—and it’s popularity isn’t dropping at all. New hotels have popped up, plus design centers, bars, shops, and restaurants, so there is plenty to do and see.
New Orleans, Louisiana
The city turns 300 in 2018, so you know the city will go all out. There are so many new districts seeing a revival, including the Central Business District, which has four new hotels, and the three-mile riverfront, which will see the reopening of a Spanish Plaza in the spring.