We may only be still in 2017, but we’re already thinking ahead to the destinations crowning our ‘must-visit’ list next year. So, are you in need of some travel inspiration for next year’s holiday? We’ve done our own research at the Destination Show back in January, as well as looking at global trends and our own gut instinct to pick our top 7 holiday destinations for 2018. Whether you’re craving full-on jungle adventures, seeking out new and untrodden paths or fancy discovering a new side to an old favourite, here’s where you should visit in 2018…
Don’t know much about Bhutan? That’s the beauty of it. Tucked away in the Himalayas in the shadow of India and China, this is one of Asia’s best-kept secrets – and now is the time to visit. The landscapes here are nothing short of spectacular – trekking through the Paro Valley and discovering mountaintop monasteries are on the cards here (the magical Tiger’s Nest Monastery is a must-see).
Bhutan’s colourful Buddhist festivals are an incredible experience for visitors, letting you immerse yourself in the local culture and join in with the food, dancing and festivities. One of the biggest is the Thimpu Tsechu, held around September in the capital city.
To get the most meaningful experience in Bhutan, we can arrange visits to the country’s working rice paddies, temple-studded valleys and even a homestay with a local family. Great for solo travellers, you’ll get to hear about life in rural Bhutan over steaming bowls of Ema Datshi (chilli and cheese – the tasty national dish).
When to go: The spring months of March to May are cool, green and filled with Tsechu (festivals).