Around 96% of American workers say that vacation time is important to them, but recent studies show that we aren’t taking advantage of our earned days off. If you’ve been putting off a getaway, now is the time to get up and go. According to CNN Travel, the Chicago Tribune, and other outlets, here are just some of the destinations you should consider heading to in 2018.
This country, located between Tunisia and Italy, is making its mark in terms of travel. Its capital, Valletta, was just named Europe’s Capital of Culture for 2018. This destination is quickly becoming a favorite for cruise ships and has plenty of amazing sights to see and delicious cuisine to sample. Game of Thrones fans may be particularly keen to travel to the island of Gozo; while its “azure window” collapsed into the sea last year, the water is definitely enough of a draw. Between the welcoming culture, the incredible attractions, and the favorable weather, you may want to consider joining the 8 million or so people who travel via airplane on an average day and book your trip.
While approximately 3% of U.S. households own a timeshare in the hopes of spending some time in paradise, you can visit a relatively untouched part of the Caribbean when you travel to Grenada. This island wasn’t impacted by the devastating hurricanes that rocked other locations in this area, and it’s not even a popular tourism destination. So if you’re looking for peace and quiet plus some beach time and exploring, this should be on your list. That said, JetBlue offers flights to Grenada from its NYC hub and many cruise lines stop here during their trips — so it’s not completely isolated. Grenada is also home to amazing waterfalls, national parks, and festivals.
Exotic adventurers will be captivated by this Indonesian destination that has everything from volcanos to Buddhist temples. This island’s beaches look like they’re picked right from a postcard and there is no shortage of incredible nature scenes to take in. Plus, their hotels are totally outstanding. Experts say the best time to travel here is in the early months of the new year or in November, so you might want to get a head start on your fall travel plans.
If you aren’t into beach time, Amsterdam’s cultural offerings might be a draw for you. It’s a must for foodies and its colorful landscapes look vibrant even in the dead of winter. Of course, you have to see the canals, experience its tulip festival and museums, and view the city via bicycle. For those who’d rather spend their vacation time exploring a metropolis than relaxing in their swimsuit, this is one to seriously consider. Spring and autumn trips are often best as far as cost, but the city is stunning at any time of year.
Greece is becoming a more popular travel destination, and every Instagram photo vacationers post looks out-of-this-world. Crete’s capital was Europe’s largest-growing tourism destination last year, and it’s Greece’s largest and most diverse island. It even gets 3,000 hours of sunshine every year. Of course, there’s so much history to experience here; you can see artifacts that can be traced back to 2,600 B.C.E or explore World War II wrecks. With its mountains, beaches, and pleasant weather from April through October, it’s an excellent destination for couples, solo travelers, and families alike.
If you want to travel internationally this year, it’s best to get a move on. Travel prices tend to fall in January and February and will increase again in June. Plus, just planning a vacation boosts your mood — sometimes even more than the trip itself. For those who’ve made it a goal to be happier in 2018, you might want to consider planning that trip now.