With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start planning your warm-weather getaways. Make sure these five destinations make the list for top travel destinations in 2018.
1. Valletta, Malta
Why visit: Rich with history and oozing with European influence, Malta’s 16th-century citadel capital, Valletta, is the perfect summer getaway for those looking to escape the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life. With an endless array of art exhibits, theatre, dance, music, and food, Valletta caters to travelers of all kinds and delivers an experience you can’t find elsewhere. Don’t forget to pack your party clothes—the Maltese are known for their love of music and rarely pass up a chance to have fun.
2. Patagonia, Chile
Why visit: Often referred to as the California of South America, Chile’s remarkable landscape will leave you jaw-dropped. While the country’s Pacific Coast draws visitors from across the globe, it’s Chile’s southern area of Patagonia that’s making the list of top destinations in the world. From glaciers the size of cities to estancias (working ranches), Patagonia provides visitors with views they won’t forget and cultural experiences that last a lifetime.
*Note: Due to its location in the Southern Hemisphere, Chile’s winter months fall between late March and early-to-mid September. While famous sites like Torres del Paine and Isla Magdalena may be difficult to visit during this time, it’s the perfect time of year to visit if you need a break from the summer heat of the Northern Hemisphere and wouldn’t mind getting in some world-class skiing.
Why visit: Commonly eclipsed by nearby island icons like the Seychelles and Maldives, Mauritius is home to some of the most idyllic scenery in the Indian Ocean. Located nearly 1,200 miles off Africa’s southeast coast beyond Madagascar, Mauritius is laced with pristine, white sandy beaches, tranquil lagoons, and lush, tropical vegetation. Protected by the world’s third largest coral reef, this vibrant island nation is a go-to spot for snorkelers, scuba divers, and those longing for premium R&R.
4. Archipelago Sea, Finland
Why visit: Travelers looking for “off the beaten path” destinations find sanctuary in Finland’s Archipelago Sea, the largest sea in the world. Despite the countless islands that equate to more than 25,000 miles of shoreline, and regardless of the sea’s immense size, Archipelago still offers a local, authentic Finnish feel and endless opportunities for adventure. Whether you want to hike along the rocky island shores, photograph the fairytale-like cottages, or car hop from island to island, a visit to Archipelago is sure to be the cherry on top of your summer sundae.
5. Walla Walla Valley, Washington, USA
Why visit: Wine. Wine and golf. Wine, golf, and more than 300 days of sunshine each year. Need we say more? Home to over 140 wineries, Walla Walla Valley is the North American mecca for Euro-style reds like silky Syrahs, crisp Cabernets, and mellow Merlots. Cyclists, golf aficionados, and wine connoisseurs alike flock to Walla Walla for its impeccable landscape and relaxing vibe. Good food, fun culture, and endless entertainment opportunities make this U.S. hot spot a top travel destination in the world.
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