A new year is upon us, so while you are making your yearly resolutions, add a new travel bucket list to the mix. With so many places to visit in the world, the choices are limitless. Here are a few of the top trending destinations that will have you calling your travel agent immediately.
Voted the number one country to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet, Chile’s scenic beaches, mountains and trendy cities offer something for every taste and interest. From the coastal Atacama desert and the landscapes of Patagonia that attracted the likes of Magellan and Darwin to the elegance of Valparaiso and culture of capital city of Santiago, Chile is a true country of contrasts.
New Zealand continues to be a once-in-a-lifetime destination, particularly among those who are seeking adventure and beauty. Cycling, hiking and kayaking activities compete with whale watching in Kaikoura, diving off the Tutukaka Coast and bungee jumping in Queenstown. And devotees of the beloved Lord of the Ring series will not want to miss the village of Hobbiton movie set on display in the town of Matamata.
The small nation of Malta has received quite the buzz for the past year and its popularity continues. Located between Sicily and Libya, the capital city of Valletta is home to a myriad of Baroque palaces and temples and Renaissance cathedrals and a burgeoning art and museum scene. Sunny weather year-round and gorgeous beaches add to the attraction.
Known as the “Star and Key of the Indian Ocean,” the jet-setting Republic of Mauritius on the southeast coast of Africa is a true paradise. Filled with world-class restaurants, a hopping nightlife, idyllic white sandy beaches and interesting wildlife (giant tortoises, dolphins, pink penguins and the Mauritian kestrel) it’s no wonder that Mauritius is known as heaven on earth. Speaking of Africa, Cape Town’s beaches, museums and wineries continue to attract visitors. And be sure to take a cable car ride to the majestic Table Mountain (it’s over 260 million years old!) where flora, fauna and stunning views wait.
The inimitable city of Sydney remains a top choice on every bucket list. The Sydney Opera House, picturesque beaches, a climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and glamping on neighboring Cockatoo Island are just a few of the varied things to do in Australia’s most populated city.
Big, bold and impossibly beautiful, the Last Frontier stretches beyond the imagination. With both volcanoes and tundras, and more than 3 million lakes, this is the embodiment of the great outdoors, where you can slip into your most comfortable walking shoes, go forth toward the unknown and be in awe at every turn. Alaska is one of the ultimate “must see” destinations with cultural, natural, and adventurous activities too numerous to mention. Explore the waters surrounding Wrangell in a canoe, and enjoy a thrilling dogsled adventure near Juneau. Snap a family photo with the magnificent Hubbard Glacier in the background and relive the adventure of the Gold Rush in Skagway, as you compete to see which one of you will find gold in the river – there is something extraordinary for all of the senses.
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