If there’s one resolution you actually commit to in 2018, let it be travel. It may not be your typical fitness or organization-oriented goal, but it can make you richer in terms of self-growth, new experiences, and even personal happiness. And all of that is far more valuable than any annual goal you usually make.
With endless sources of travel inspiration available, figuring out where to go next is the toughest part. But we’ve eliminated all the hard work for you, so that all that’s left for you to do is choose. From rising hot spots to destinations you never knew existed, these are the top places to travel to in 2018.
Where will you go?
1. BORACAY, PHILIPPINES
This small island in the central Philippines only spans four and a half miles long, but you’ll find that to be plenty when you see all the natural beauty Boracay has to offer. Navigate the mini paradise via bike and spend your stay sunbathing on White Beach, collecting puka shells on Yapak, or sipping on cocktails while the sun goes down and fire dancers come out.
2. LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA
Reminiscent of Amsterdam’s famous canals while blending Mediterranean, German, and Slovenian culture, Ljubljana is a beautiful combination of old and new. The Ljubljanica River divides the capital’s Old Town from its commercial Center district, marked by the city’s most iconic landmark, the Triple Bridge. You’ll find it difficult to not fall in love, as Ljubljana boasts as much charm and wonderful architecture as it does museums, outdoor cafes, green landscapes, and rich history.
3. NINH BINH, VIETNAM
While most travelers flock to Hanoi, Vietnam’s majestic rural side in the Red River Delta is sometimes overlooked. However, as more people begin to recognize Ninh Binh’s serene landscapes as a reason to add it to their itineraries, it’s only a matter of time until the northern area becomes the next popular place to be. With its limestone cliffs, temples, lush green valleys, and hiking trails and caves, this province easily takes a top spot.
4. SUCRE, BOLIVIA
Bolivia’s capital is known for its whitewashed buildings and colonial architecture, but there’s also plenty more to do and see. The historic city of Sucre offers a number of museums, cathedrals, and landmarks, including its main square, Plaza 25 de Mayo, and Casa de la Libertad — and it’s also home to one of the largest sets of dinosaur footprints in the world.
5. SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
Seoul is where pop culture, technology, and tradition blend. You’ll see both fashion-forward streetwear and traditional hanboks, skyscrapers and Buddhist temples, street markets and made-for-Instagram cafes. Its high-tech subways also allow easy access to neighboring cities in case you want to explore past South Korea’s capital. Spend your mornings palace hopping and tea sipping at Insadong, and then see the city come to life from the N Seoul Tower. You’ll never find yourself short of things to do.