Some of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions include ‘living life to the fullest’ and traveling more. With more than three billion flights already searched on FareCompare.com, it’s easy to see that people are already searching for 2018 destinations and trip ideas. So, where is everyone going? We’ve compiled a list of the top travel destinations for 2018. And, we apologize in advance, but the 2018 top travel destinations are guaranteed to give you wanderlust!
And the 2018 Top Travel Destinations are…
Rome is a classic destination filled with art, architecture, and food. Be sure to take in Michelangelo’s iconic painted ceiling at the Sistine Chapel, Apollo and Daphne, which is Bernini’s life-size intricate marble statue at the Galleria Borghese, and visit Galleria Borghese room VIII to see six Caravaggio paintings. Notable sites to visit in Rome include the Colosseum where gladiators battled, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Trevi Fountain. Be sure to grab a gelato on the go or enjoy a nice dinner of carbonara and wine while in Rome.
14. Honolulu, HI
Nothing beats a tropical paradise getaway so it’s no wonder Honolulu is one of the most searched destinations for 2018. If you’re looking to catch some rays, you might want to check out Waikiki Beach, but if you’re looking to catch some waves, head out to Oahu’s North Shore for fantastic surfing. Even if you’re not a surfer, it’s fun to take a lesson or two. For the more adventurous, Hawaii offers snorkeling in crystal clear waters, hiking in lush jungles, and even shark encounters. Don’t forget to see a traditional Luau while visiting Honolulu.
13. Orlando, FL
The Theme Park Capital of the World is a perfect destination for families, couples, and friends alike. Be sure to see at least some of the theme parks while in Orlando such as favorites Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you’re interested in getting away for a date night, Orlando also has the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art and tons of dining options on Restaurant Row. Sports fans can also catch a basketball game with the Orlando Magic or a soccer game with Orlando City SC while visiting.
Sydney is a beautiful, modern city surrounded by National Parks and beaches. For a fun time in the city, visit the Sydney Opera House for a tour and a show, Sydney Harbour Bridge for a BridgeClimb, and Darling Harbour, a waterfront destination where you can find a lot of major attractions. If you want a more natural experience in Sydney, check out the white sands of Bondi Beach, the oceanfront cliffs at Royal National Park, and visit the animals at Featherdale Wildlife Park. The statues in Hyde Park and Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair are two historical features not to be missed.
While Manila is located within the Philippines, its unique history includes Spanish, American, and Chinese influences. Historical San Agustin Church and Fort Santiago are both located within Intramuros, a historic walled area within Manila, and as a top destination that showcases the Spanish influence on Manila architecture, it’s not to be missed. Another destination to be sure and see is Binondo, Manila’s Chinatown and the oldest one in the world. It’s a popular destination that features dining, shopping, and you can see it all by horse-drawn carriage ride. And with modern activities such as spas, diving, biking, and a bustling night scene, it’s no wonder Manila is one of the most searched destinations of 2018.
Is there any place on Earth as extravagant as Dubai? Visitors can admire the city of Dubai from the 148th level of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. If you prefer to keep both feet on the ground, check out the 30 minutes show at the Dubai Fountain, the world’s second-largest water fountain choreographed with music and light which was designed by the same company behind Las Vegas’ dancing fountains at the Bellagio Hotel. Exquisite shopping can be found in Dubai along with out of this world activities such as indoor snow skiing, posh dining at Palm Jumeirah, and roller coaster rides at IMG Worlds of Adventure. For a traditional experience, see the Dubai Spice Market, go for a camel ride at Mushrif Park, or head over to Jumeirah Mosque for a tour.
Nothing’s quite as diverse as the city of Shanghai. Visitors can experience anything from the ancient and traditional to the modern and unique aspects of China. Be sure to see the Jade Buddha Temple, built in 1882, Qibao Ancient Town, which has a thousand-year-old history, and Yu Yuan Gardens, which was built over 400 years ago and features one of China’s famous jade sculptures. Modern marvels not to be missed include the viewing platform on the 88th floor of Jinmao Tower, the third tallest tower in the world, and the view of and from the futuristic Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
Paris is charming and romantic in so many ways for both first time and frequent travelers alike. For a traditional visit, admire the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo at the Louvre, take in the classic gothic architecture of Notre Dam, and see the Arc de Triomphe, which honors those that fought and died in the French Revolution. If you want a more romantic experience in Paris, go to the top of the Eiffel Tower to take in the view, enjoy a carriage ride for two around the city, and indulge in Champagne tasting on a Seine River cruise.
7. Hong Kong
Hong Kong is the perfect destination for those that seek an eclectic experience. Be sure to take your camera when you take in a view of the city from either The Peak, accessible by tram or hike, or The Avenue of Stars, the promenade overlooking Victoria Bay. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city with shopping at the Temple Street Night Market and finish the evening with a drink at a rooftop bar. For a spiritual experience, consider visiting Man Mo Temple, the oldest temple in Hong Kong, and Tian Tan Buddha, located on Lantau Island near Po Lin Monastery.
As the capital of South Korea, Seoul attracts millions of travelers each year. Seoul is conveniently connected with a modern subway system so it’s incredibly easy to get around to see royal palaces, theme parks, and markets. Gyeongbokgung Palace, built in 1395, is the most popular attraction in Seoul and offers free tours in multiple languages. The world’s largest indoor theme park is not to be missed either! Lotte World features fun rides, parades, and even laser light shows. And for a one of a kind shopping experience, head to Dongdaemun Market for a fashionista’s paradise. Here you can browse clothing, jewelry, and shoes, all while enjoying some Korean street food.
5. Los Angeles, CA
There are so many sides to greater Los Angeles, it really is a dozen cities in one. Take a studio tour amidst the glam and glitz of Hollywood or enjoy the outdoors of LA with hiking through local mountains or walking, biking, and skating through the colorful street performers on the Venice Boardwalk. For an artistic scene, LA features the marble-encased Getty Center and the breathtaking Frank Gehry-designed Disney Concert Hall with its striking exterior of wavy, silver panels. Shopping in LA features everything from the high-end boutiques of Beverly Hills to the sunny outdoor shopping mecca known as Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. And, of course, don’t forget the beaches that stretch from Redondo to Zuma and Malibu.
London is one of the world’s most visited cities. For a traditional visit, see the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, admire the architecture of the tower of London, cross the famous Tower Bridge, and see the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben striking the hour. If you want a more modern experience in London, check out the London Eye and its impressive views of London city center and St Paul’s Cathedral, cross the Millennium Bridge and visit the Tate Modern for an art tour and lunch with a view of London, and be sure to check out the Shakespeare globe for a play you won’t soon forget.
3. New York City, NY
There’s something for everyone in New York City from its soaring skyscrapers to amazing museums to exquisite boutiques and beloved seasonal attractions. Take in in a show on Broadway or enjoy an afternoon among the Picassos, Warhols, and Koons at the Museum of Modern Art. For the fashion-forward, head over to the Garment District for a day of shopping or go during Fashion Week to see the latest trends. For seasonal fun, don’t miss The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, ice skating Rockefeller Center at Christmas or watching the Ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.
Tokyo is one of the most impressive cities in the world with its ancient temples and glitzy modern nightlife. Don’t miss the Senso-Ji Temple and be sure to take in some sumo wrestling. For those looking to experience the opulence of Tokyo, check out Minato Mira 21 (the Harbour of the Future), enjoy a robot dinner show where robots dance with a variety of performers. No trip to Tokyo is complete without trying some exquisite sushi and a cup of sake.
It’s no surprise that Bangkok is the most searched destination for 2018. It has long been a popular destination for travelers on a budget and it has lots to offer adventurous tourists. Bangkok has a variety of attractions like temples, shopping markets, and dining experience. When visiting, be sure to take in traditional architecture like Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of the Dawn, as well as The Grand Palace and Wat Prakeaw. Unique shopping experiences can be found at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market where you can buy different foods and the enormous 8,000 shopping stall Chatuchak Weekend Market where you can find clothing, decor, and handmade crafts. For a shopping experience like no other, check out the Fresh Flower Market near Wat Pho. And for the foodie, you can find everything from fun street food like Pad Thai Kung (that’s shrimp with noodles) to exclusive dining experiences like a dinner cruise.
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