Best Travel Destinations In 2018 Revealed In New National Geographic Survey

National Geographic editors just released their 21 picks for the best travel destinations in 2018. While there are a few mainstream cities on this list, editors tried to choose mostly “off the beaten path” destinations.

First on this list of 2018 holiday locations is the city of Harar, Ethiopia. Located in the eastern section of the African nation, Harar is considered one of the holiest cities by Muslims with a total of 82 mosques. Besides visiting the city’s marvelous historic sites, Harar is known for its exceptional coffee and local hyenas.

Number two on this travel list is the Jujuy Province in northwestern Argentina. Ideal for nature lovers, Jujuy Province has some of the most colorful mountains and intriguing rock formations in the world.

Editors chose the capital Tbilisi in the country of Georgia as their third place travel pick. On the banks of the Mtkvari River, Tbilisi has many fascinating museums and beautiful cathedrals to tour. Tbilisi is also famous for its sulfur baths, glorious wine, and delicious cuisine.

Although Sydney, Australia, is an obvious tourist draw, National Geographic editors put it in fourth place due to draw attention to the Opera House’s latest renovation. That’s right, Sydney’s world-renowned Opera House just finished a $273-million renovation that includes a new foyer and state-of-the-art acoustics.

From number five to number twenty-one, here are the rest of the cities on National Geographic’s 2018 destinations list: Oaxaca, Mexico; Vienna, Austria; Oahu, Hawaii; Malmo, Sweden; Jordan Trail; Dublin, Ireland; Madagascar; Santiago, Chile; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Cleveland, Ohio; Tetouan, Morocco; Seoraksan National Park, South Korea; Albania; San Antonio, Texas; Labrador, Canada; Friesland, Netherlands; and Ruaha National Park, Tanzania.

The 3 Ideal Destinations for a Family Vacation

Picking the right destination for a family vacation can be a daunting task, especially if you have to choose a spot that will be ideal for everyone in the family. In situations like these, it’s best to ask the experts; those who have first-hand experience with the world travel guide. That is where the reviews of other travelers come in handy. Booking.com will help you make the right choice as it has more than 91 million reviews on their site. The following destinations come highly recommended for travelers:

1. Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

Antigua is a charming small city that has been around for more than 500 years. The town looks impressive with its colorful Spanish architecture covering the streets. It comes to life in the evening with live, local Spanish music and dance. That is not all; the city also provides a fantastic view of the surrounding mountains, an excellent place for active families to go on a trek.

2. Ucluelet, Canada

Ucluelet offers families a stunning ocean view and lots of fun activities to engage in such as camping, kayaking, surfing, hiking, and boat rides. There is also a Wild Pacific Trail that leads you along beautiful thickets of trees and a wild coastline. The coastal area’s hot spring is also another reason that makes this spot the ultimate destination.

3. Salento, Colombia

If you love delicious cuisine as a family, Salento is the right destination for you. The town was traditionally a coffee town; it’s now becoming one of the top family vacation spots. It’s lively and welcoming, and it has a string of restaurants that serve tasty local cuisine. You can take a horseback ride through the Columbian forest on a cloudy, sunny day or visit a coffee plantation.