Travel brings Power and Love back to your life. – Rumi.
Make 2018 a year to remember with a journey to a destination you’ve never been before. Picking a destination for your trip is the first step to planning a memorable vacation. Here are 10 destination suggestions to make 2018 a year to remember.
1. Seoul, South Korea
Seoul packs a variety of sights, sounds and experiences for every kind of traveller. Its rich cultural heritage, architecture, natural sights and culinary delicacies make it truly a traveller’s paradise.
March–May and September–November have the best weather conditions but Seoul offers different kinds of sensory feasts every season. April’s blossoms lend a magnetic and special beauty to this great city. In Summer, indulge in some authentic summer special coolers. Traditional festivals and great seasonal produce warm both the heart and stomach in Autumn. In Winter, Seoul and surrounding mountains tranform into a white wonderland where you can engage in winter sports of all kinds.
Pyeongchang County in South Korea is preparing to host the 2018 Winter Olympics from 9 to 25 February 2018. Make Seoul your base for experiencing this mega sporting event and make it a trip to remember.
2. Hokkaido, Japan
If your travel dreams for 2018 feature a beautiful island away from all the hustle and bustle, head to Hokkaido. This pristine land with lush forests, crystal clear lakes and exotic blooms will awe you with its magnificient nature vistas and rejuvenate your soul. Hokkaido has some of the best National Parks with abundant life and geographical wonders.
Hokkaido has a special beauty in all the four seasons. Infact, this gorgeous island hosts more than a 1000 events every year to showcase its splendor at different times of the year. From the Sapporo Snow Festival to the Mombetsu Ice Floes Festival and the Furano Lavender Festival, you can take your pick on when to visit. The food is delightful and the people friendly.
3. Boracay, Philippines
If you are looking for a destination for a picture-perfect beach vacation in 2018, book your tickets to Boracay. White sands and blue waters serve as the perfect backdrop for colourful sailboats and laidback days. If you are looking for a more active vacation, there are several watersports to set your adrenalin pumping. Come sunset and the island is bathed in the best pink and orange hues. The evening atmosphere is electric with great beach parties, live performances and a choice of the best food and drink.
The best time to visit is from November to May with the temperatures wavering between 25 and 32 degrees.
4. Tainan, Taiwan
5. Dubai, UAE
When you want a mega vacation filled with everything that is the best, the biggest and the most luxurious, there is no place on earth like Dubai. For an indulgent vacation head to this maximum city. From the tallest buildings to the largest man made islands to mammoth shopping festivals, Dubai pulls out all stops to make sure your experience of the place is spectacular and memorable. From super futuristic skyline to traditional souqs that transport you to an ancient time, there is no dearth of contrasting opulent experiences in Dubai. A luxury cruise or a camel ride, a desert safari or a state of the art indoor ski park…you can pick your way to get spoilt.
The best time to visit Dubai is between November and March.
6. Okinawa, Japan
If your idea of a day in heaven comprises enjoying pristine waters, diving among spectacular coral reefs in ideal tropical weather, exploring uninhabited islands and meeting people uncorrupted by commerce, then a vacation in Okinawa is a must-do. The unspoilt natural beauty, the wide variety of animal life and great food will relax frayed nerves and refresh you. The music, arts, architecture and lifestyle is very different from the rest of Japan.
If you are intimidated by the crowds and sky-rocketing costs during peak season in Tokyo and Kyoto, Okinawa is a great base to enjoy the beauty of spring and autumn. Cherry blossom season here begins late January.
7. Busan, South Korea
Busan is a sea-side port that is blessed by nature and a buzzling hub that hosts various events that unite people from across the globe. Rugged mountains, beautiful beaches, hot springs and geographical formations make this gorgeous South Korean city a great destination for 2018. This city is fondly called South Korea’s summer capital. Great food and an electric atmosphere with great shopping and a year around calendar of international events has helped it gain popularity among travellers from all parts of the globe. The people are warm and friendly and the atmosphere is truly cosmopolitan.
The weather is most favourable during the Spring (April and May) and Autumn (October and November).
8. Ko Samui, Thailand
Pamper your senses, your body and soul with a spa vacation in Ko Samui in 2018. This island has every kind of tropical beach that you can think of. Coco Tam’s beach is the place for the best cocktails while Chaweng Beach is perfect to catch a glorious sunrise to kickstart your day while Mae Nam Beach boasts of picture-perfect sunsets. If lying in the hammock watching gentle waves has upped your appetite indulge your tastebuds with some lipsmacking Thai dishes. Head to a spa to heighten your sense of well-being. Life is good when there is not a thought in your mind or a knot in your body. If you need to truly unwind, Ko Samui should be on your 2018 travel itinerary.
9. Hong Kong
Planning a great family vacation in 2018? Head to Hong Kong. An iconic skyline, nature spots, amusement parks and abundant shopping options make this island city an awesome destination for every member of the family. Whether you want to experience the scintillating harbour sights or spend your day kayaking or hiking, you have options that are world class. This city is known for its culinary heritage and you can indulge in elaborate meals at celebrated restaurants or grab lipsmacking street food. The shopaholic in your family will be thrilled by the sheer variety of things on offer.
Hong Kong is a year-round destination. However the most pleasant time of year is late September through early December, when you have clear blue skies and temperatures that hover between 21 and 26 degrees.
10. Hua Hin, Thailand