12 secret getaways for 2018
Destination undecided? We’ve got you covered. These 12 incredible global hotspots are ready to take their place in the sun in 2018.
In the history-soaked Mediterranean, the marvel of Malta remains hidden. With castles-turned-nightclubs, the infamous Lost & Found festival, and the World Heritage City of Valletta, douze points go to.…Malta!
Avoid the southern-crossed, singlet-tanned tourists who seem to be the staple of Bali travel. Canggu is coming through with hip spas, holistic sanctuaries and om-mazing yoga retreats. Namaste for as long as you wish.
- Adaman Islands
Tides of turquoise, shared with no one else? You’ve got it. The Adaman Archipelago is full of rich rainforest, untouched wildlife, and spectacular coral. The capital, Port Blair, is accessible from four of India’s major cities. Dive in.
- St Lucia
Be patron to the Caribbean nation of St Lucia, with volcanic coastlines that are iconic among the Instagram crowd. There’s a summer festival running for nine months of the year (January to October) so you can stop chasing the sun and simply soak in the culture, food, and art.
The Japanese city of Sapporo is where peaceful tradition meets a frenzy of new trends. Much more than the beer of its namesake, summer in Sapporo teems with neon-lit nightlife and boutique shopping. In winter, the world-renowned Snow Festival is not to be missed.
With eco-pioneers opening new resorts in 2018, Bhutan is known as the ‘kingdom of happiness’ for good reason. Boasting a treasure of Buddhist art, monasteries, and mountain treks, Bhutan is no ordinary destination.
Satisfy your safari desires. Where zebras cross the Chobe National Park, Botswana is considered the true wildlife wonder of Africa. From exclusive 5-star resorts to sleeping beneath the stars in a tented camp, whatever you do, make time for a sunset in the unrivalled Kalahari Desert.
- Waiheke Island
Easier on the eye than it is to pronounce, Waiheke Island in New Zealand is a must-visit before paradise is paved. A 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland, there are countless art galleries to explore, hippy hideouts, and vineyards where you can sip, sample and savour the best wines New Zealand has to pour.
- Agawa Canyon
Blazing with the hues of autumn, the Agawa Canyon winds through hardwood forests and some of the most spectacular scenery in Canada. Relax and take the train tour. Or for the more adventurous, canoe through white-water rapids and waterfalls. Either way, you’ll fall in love with this fall-time fairytale.
- Hong Kong
Hong Kong still buzzes beyond the shopping malls and swanky hotels. For instance, the Dragon’s Back trail, with stunning natural beauty from Shek O to Tai Long Wan, is considered the Best Urban Hiking Trail in Asia by Time. Famous temples and beaches stretch as far as the eye can see.
Amongst Singapore’s skyscrapers, the local haunts include hidden bars, bustling markets, and cat cafes. Highly recommended is the Mustafa Centre in Little India where you can haggle your heart out for watches, jewellery, and electronics. Cha-ching!
Often overlooked in favour of flasher Italian options, Bologna holds its own with whimsical walkways and cobbled piazzas. Honestly though, it’s all about good food. Seriously good. As in, a 20-acre ‘food theme park’ dedicated to deliciousness. Enough said.
Whether you seek your travel thrills in a much-loved location, or an undiscovered gem, remember to travel smart, spend wisely, and stay open to any adventure you find along the way.