Do you want to make 2018 a year you will never forget? If so, consider heading off on a unique adventure with friends, family members or as a solo traveler. Unsure on the best places to visit? Discover the hottest destinations of 2018.
2018 will mark 50 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr in Memphis. To celebrate the life and legacy of the leader of the Civil Rights Movement, you should visit his birthplace of Atlanta, Georgia, which is currently being refurbished for visitors next year.
Not only does Atlanta serve as the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr, but you can also explore the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, which opened in 2014. Experience emotional exhibits to learn more about the American Civil Rights movement, which will allow you to gain an insight into the struggles peaceful protestors faced along the way.
Atlanta is also a foodies’ paradise, as you will can treat yourself to delicious dishes at the famous Krog Street Market or Ponce City Market, so you can experience everything from duck to dumplings. According to HotelsCombined, accommodation prices will be on the rise over the next year, and it’s a good idea to book your stay in advance to grab the best deals in Atlanta.
Pyeongchang, South Korea
Another destination you should certainly add to your travel bucket list in 2018 is Pyeongchang in South Korea, which is scheduled to be the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics. After two unsuccessful bids to host the games in 2010 and 2014, the county will launch the opening ceremony on 9th February.
It’s also a fantastic city to visit, as it is the proud home of many Buddhist temples, and you can also visit the Alpenesia ski resort to enjoy six slopes for skiing and snowboarding. It’s also a popular destination for avid hikers, as you can you explore the southern part of Mount Seoraksan. So, whether you love stunning sights, unforgettable sporting events or winter activities, you should certainly book a trip to Pyeongchang next year.
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Always wanted to visit Australia? Well, there is no better time to do so than in 2018. There is bound to be a buzz surrounding the Gold Coast in Queensland, as the city will be the proud host of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The opening ceremony will take place on 4th April and the closing ceremony will be held on the 15th April 2018, so it’s a great month to time your visit to Australia.
There is so much more to the stunning city than the Commonwealth Games. Nicknamed the Glitter Strip, the Gold Coast offers plenty of things to see and do, as you can sunbathe at one of the city’s many beautiful beaches, which are famous with surfers across the world. For example, you can visit Duranbah Beach, which is regarded as one of the finest surfing beaches on the planet, as well as South Stradbroke Island, Surfer’s Paradise, The Spit, Broadbeach, plus more.
You can also party the night away, as the city has an unforgettable nightlife. What’s more, you can visit theme parks, experience high-rise skylines and can explore rainforest hinterland. It’s also home to various TV, movie, and music productions, which is why it has been dubbed “Australia’s Hollywood”.
Those looking for exceptional weather twelve months of the years should certainly book a vacation to the Gold Coast, as it experiences a subtropical climate. You can therefore expect hot summers and warm winters with little rain. It’s the perfect destination to avoid a cold winter in 2018.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Do you love Game of Thrones? With the TV set to end very soon, there has never been a better time to visit the beautiful and historic city of Belfast. Northern Ireland’s capital is home to various filming locations for the popular television series, including the Dark Hedges that form the backdrop of the fictional King’s Road.
The city also offers a remarkable history, as Belfast is the hometown of author CS Lewis, who penned The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. You can also visit Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, as it was here the ill-fated liner was built by the shipping company Harland & Wolff, and the site is now occupied by the Titanic Hotel. A stone’s throw away from the luxurious accommodation is Titanic Belfast, which allows you to learn more about RMS Titanic’s intriguing past with nine interactive galleries, an immersive movie experience and an entertaining ride.
The capital is also a food lover’s paradise, as you will be spoilt for choice by the street markets and food stalls dotted around the city, and you can also book a table at one of Belfast’s Michelin starred restaurants.
One attraction to certainly add onto your Belfast bucket list is Ulster Museum, which has recently undergone a $17m makeover and is open to the public. Here you can explore the beautiful botanical gardens, which will allow you to explore botany, archaeology, zoology, local history, and photography.
Russia is set to be the proud host of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the great city of Moscow is expected to host the opening match, semi-final, and final at the Luzhniki Stadium. So, if you want to visit a stunning destination with a unique buzz next year, look no further than the Russian capital city.
Even if you don’t enjoy soccer, Moscow is one city you will never regret visiting, as there are many sights to see and many things to do. For example, you’ll be amazed by the breathtaking St Basil’s Cathedral, and you can visit the historic Red Square, which was once the sight of both executions and military parades. Of course, no visit to Moscow is complete without a trip to the Moscow Kremlin, which serves as the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation, and overlooks the Moskva River.
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