Whether you want to explore the exotic continent of Antarctica or discover the natural beauty of Belize, the time to do it is now.
These are the 52 can’t-miss destinations around the globe that Fodor’s editorial team think should be on every traveler’s radar in 2018.
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The 50 can’t-miss travel destinations around the globe:
1. Marrakesh, Morocco
This romantic desert oasis is set to be one of 2018’s most fashionable vacations.
2. Cook Islands
Leave the resort to see what the South Pacific really has to offer.
3. Salar de Tunupa, Bolivia
Discover otherworldly, high-altitude landscapes and salt-brick hotels in the Bolivian desert.
4. Split, Croatia
A unique approach to historical monuments has created one of the most peculiarly vibrant old towns in Europe.
An intriguing mix of traditional and modern Arabia on the Persian Gulf.
6. Memphis, Tennessee, US
From blues and BBQ to the bright lights of Beale Street, Memphis is a city that feeds the soul.
This tiny Caucasus country has an outsize wealth of history, culture, and hospitality.
Experience the final days of pristine nomadic life and the birth of a booming, modern metropolis.
9. Dublin, Ireland
Ireland’s capital keeps surprising with great restaurants, a blossoming art scene, and more hotel openings than ever.
Belize is full of rich history, rewarding explorations, and natural beauty that may not be around forever.
11. Prince Edward Island, Canada
Canada’s smallest province is huge on island hospitality, with superb shellfish and a growing food scene.
12. Taipei, Taiwan
One of Asia’s most progressive, flourishing cities strikes a balance between nature and modernity, past and future.
13. French Flanders, France
Great seafood and that French je ne sais quoi.
14. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina’s friendly and energetic capital is an edgy blend of Latin and European cultures.
15. New Mexico, US
A mecca for artists in one of America’s most awe-inspiring natural settings.
16. Sichuan, China
China’s remote southwest region is easier than ever to reach.
17. Tasmania, Australia
Long a natural wonder, Tasmania has become a culinary and cultural powerhouse.
18. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Awaken a sense of freedom and adventure as you climb through four seasons in one week on the rooftop of Africa.
19. New Orleans, Louisiana, US
300 years later, the most unique city in America has more to offer than ever before.
20. San Antonio, Texas, US
New Orleans isn’t the only town celebrating the big three-double-oh in 2018.
Asia’s “Garden City” stays fresh with eco hotels and meticulously renovated heritage buildings.
22. Niords of New Zealand
New Zealand’s Fiordland is one of the most beautiful and rugged areas on the planet.
23. St. Petersburg, Russia
Decadence and grandeur are alive and well in Russia’s imperial city.
24. Ischia, Italy
Ferrante Fever is set to put this island in the spotlight in 2018.
25. Quito, Ecuador
Quito is among the most breathtaking cities in South America … and it’s not just because of the altitude.
26. Charleston, South Carolina, US
Charleston’s famed dining scene has proven its staying power and continues to diversify with the latest slate of high profile openings.
27. South Korea
The “Land of the Morning Calm” is abuzz with new energy for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
28. Tallinn, Estonia
Discover the pride of a rising Estonia in its adorable capital of Tallinn, where fairytale charm meets thoroughly modern savvy.
29. Durban, South Africa
Get a taste of local life in South Africa’s creative capital.
30. Warsaw, Poland
For a long time, Warsaw was relegated to second-city status—no longer.
31. El Salvador
Long side-stepped as potentially perilous, El Salvador and its myriad charms are finally being discovered by travelers.
32. Bali, Indonesia
New drool-worthy resorts and beach clubs are spurring ever-increasing interest in Bali and the islands of Indonesia.
33. Talkeetna, Alaska, US
The most charming town in Alaska is also (quite proudly) the weirdest.
A hurricane survivor overflows with cultural and historical treasures.
This Mediterranean land of sun-kissed cliffs and prehistoric temples also stars as the 2018 European Capital of Culture.
36. Trujillo, Peru
Go beyond the Incas in Peru’s “City of Eternal Spring.”
37. Lost Coast, California, US
A visit to this isolated stretch of Northern California’s coastline is like a getaway to a long, forgotten world.
38. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, U.K
Romantic travel ain’t dead—not by a longshot
39. Chandigarh, India
This green city in northern India is a must-visit for architecture and design fans.
Native forests, coral reef-fringed islands, and a heady mix of cultures make Mauritius far more than a luxury beach destination.
41. Bilbao, Spain
The Basque Country isn’t all beaches, pintxos, and Michelin stars.
42. Patagonia, Chile
At the end of the world, you’ll find the most majestic and varied landscapes.
43. Tokyo, Japan
There’s never been a better time to drink in the rich culture, traditions, and frenetic energy of Tokyo.
44. Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
This urban metropolis is buzzing with boutique hotels, swanky cantinas, and “tequilacopters” that will drop you in the heart of blue agave fields.
Gear up for winter fun and Inuit culture on the world’s largest island.
46. Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv’s backdrop makes for perfect Instagram-worthy adventures for foodies, party animals, beach bums, and families.
47. Sri Lanka
The secret’s out: Sri Lanka may well be the perfect vacation destination.
48. Transylvania, Romania
An undiscovered wealth of culture, history and natural beauty in Romania’s most well-known region.
New hotels give travelers a reason to visit this island paradise.
A variety of cruise options have made expeditions to the exotic continent easier than ever.
51. Porto, Portugal
Porto has shed its reputation as a staid wine town to become a travel destination in its own right.
52. Seattle, Washington, US
On the 25th anniversary of Nirvana’s In Utero and the premiere of Sleepless in Seattle, see how the city has grown to be more than a nexus of weirdo pop culture.
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