If you have the travel bug and want to experience as many locations in the world as possible, then it is likely you are already thinking of where you can visit in 2018. Across the globe, each country has its own unique landscape, culture, and attractions that will offer a memorable experience. With so many places to choose between that will each give you a different type of vacation, it is often difficult to decide which are the best places to visit. If you are struggling for inspiration, here are five of the best countries to visit in 2018.
Chile was once a destination that was only visited by hikers and backpackers. Now, travelers from all four corners of the globe have realized just how much this amazing country has to offer. One of the main reasons to visit is to explore the diverse landscape of this small country. Despite being only a small slither of a country, it has something different to offer in each corner. The Pacific Ocean lies to the west of Chile and the beaches of this country are outstanding. They are ideal for both those who want a relaxing sun-soaked vacation and those who prefer a livelier holiday trying out watersports. To the east is the Andes mountain range. This is a fantastic setting for climbing, exploring, learning about the culture of those living in mountain villages, and enjoying spectacular views across the country. To the north of Chile is the Patagonia desert and to the south lies the wilds of Patagonia. If you prefer the urban vibe, then the city’s capital, Santiago, has become increasingly trendy in recent years. It is also a wonderful place to try the delights of traditional Chilean food. Another reason to visit during 2018 is that Chile is celebrating 200 years of independence, so there will be events, festivals, and celebrations taking place throughout the year in a variety of locations.
2. South Korea
South Korea has a unique culture that you will experience nowhere else in the world. For this reason alone, it is a great choice as a place to visit during 2018. South Korea is a country of extremes, so depending on where you visit will depend on the type of experiences you have during your stay. The cities are bright and almost futuristic. This is especially the case if you visit Seoul, the country’s capital. If you are staying in the capital, you should definitely visit the Seoul-lo 7017. This is a high-line park that is home to trendy bars, interesting libraries, and delightful cafes. If you escape the cities and head for the rural areas of South Korea, you will have a completely different experience. You can learn about Korean traditions, enjoy spending time in the villages, and admire the wonderful landscapes of the country. A further reason to visit South Korea during 2018 is that they are hosting the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Many people have never even heard of Djibouti, but it is somewhere you should certainly consider adding to your travel wish list. This country is located on the Horn of Africa and its capital is Djibouti City. If you are planning on spending a large proportion of your vacation outdoors, then this is a fantastic place to visit as the landscape is diverse. You can expect dry shrublands, lakes, and volcanic formations. The Gulf of Aden beaches are also popular amongst tourists as is Lake Assal, which is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world and is located in the Danakil Desert. Another popular natural attraction is Lake Abbe which is also a body of saltwater that features large mineral formations that look like chimney stacks. While in the country’s cities, people enjoy the markets which sell a variety of goods including food, handmade crafts, antiques, and fabrics. For those who love nature, whale diving is one of the best activities you can enjoy on a visit to Djibouti.
4. New Zealand
In recent decades, New Zealand has retained its position as one of the top destinations for adventure seekers. The extraordinary wildernesses of this country attracts hikers who want to explore the country’s Great Walks. The nine-track network was originally created over 25 years ago and now construction is underway to create a new track to add to the network. It is being created to commemorate the lives of the miners who were killed in 2010. It is located on the west coast of South Island and gives walkers a taste of the dramatic scenery of this beautiful country. If walking is not your thing, there are plenty of other attractions and activities to enjoy during your stay. New Zealand’s national parks offer plenty of variety and the cities have a vibrant urban vibe with fantastic restaurants, great bars, and plenty of entertainment.
There will be plenty of celebrations in Georgia throughout 2018 as they are celebrating one hundred years of independence which they achieved following the Russian Revolution. The people of Georgia are proud of their traditions and you can enjoy their culture in abundance during a visit. Expect to enjoy hearty, traditional meals made from ancient recipes and served in tucked away taverns. Georgia is also famous for its wine-making region and a tour of some of their vineyards and a wine-tasting experience is something you should consider adding to your vacation itinerary. From the Caucasus Mountain villages to the Black Sea beaches, Georgia can offer a diverse experience for travelers. One of the most famous attractions in this country is the Vardzia, which is a 12th-century cave monastery. If you choose to visit Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, you will have the enjoyable experience of admiring the unusual architecture and exploring the maze-like cobblestone streets.