5 Unexpected Places To Travel in 2018
With the arrival of 2018, we’re already looking forward to planning a trip and exploring a new
city. In fact “traveling more” is one the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Feeling
overwhelmed by the prospect of choosing a place to go? Looking to visit somewhere different
and unique? We’ve got you covered. Here are five unexpected places to travel in 2018.
by stephanie mace
Dubrovnik is the ideal seaside city to explore in 2018. Known for delicious seafood and wine,
amazing beaches, and historic fortresses, Dubrovnik offers something for every traveller. (Did
we mention Game of Thrones was filmed here?) Walk through Old Town, wander along the old
Walls of Dubrovnik, and take a ride on the Dubrovnik Cable Car. Looking for a day trip? Pack a
picnic and hop on a boat to one of the nearby islands, Lokrum, where wild peacocks roam
around and you can swim in a mini dead sea.
While London was the second most popular places to visit in 2017, Edinburgh is often
overlooked. Located four hours north of London, the city offers amazing architecture, museums
and hiking. Spend the day hiking Arthur’s Seat, and be rewarded with sweeping views of
Edinburgh’s lush green landscape. Explore the history of Scotland with a visit to the Edinburgh
castle or one of the many museums, such as the Scottish National Gallery and the National
Museum of Scotland. Wind down with a cider and live music at Three Sisters, or check out a
Looking to stay within the US? Head to Marfa for your next getaway. The city, located in the
desert in West Texas, has emerged as a center of art and culture. Check out the Chianti
Foundation, a contemporary art museum that spans 320 acres and visit the Prada Marfa
sculpture, which has been declared a “cultural landmark.” For a truly quirky experience, head to
dinner at the Museum of Electronic Wonders and Late Night Grilled Cheese Parlour and be sure
to see a show at the Lost Horse Saloon!
While Bali and India are popular South Asia travel destinations, many do not visit Nepal.
Although Nepal’s capital Kathmandu was hit with an earthquake in 2015, the city has made
great steps towards restoration. Visit Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and see
the old palace of Kathmandu Kingdom. Check out the Pashupatinath Temple, a Hindu temple
on the banks of the Bagmati River, and Swayambhunath, a Buddhist temple on top of a hill in
Kathmandu Valley. The Kathmandu Valley also offers countless hiking trails for day hikes or
longer treks. In search of Tibetan food? Head to Utse Restaurant and enjoy authentic Tibetan
dishes and butter tea.
A gorgeous Nordic city on the water, Oslo is known for its great coffee, design and rich history.
Visit in the summer and experience up to 20 hours of daylight. To discover Oslo’s history, check
out the Royal Palace and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design. The Vigeland
Sculpture Park and the Munch Museum are also worth exploring for those looking for art. Head
to Ting for adorable gifts and be sure to try a mocha from Stockfleths!