The New Year 2018 is about to begin and 12 new months lay ahead awaiting new adventures. It is always exciting to plan ahead, especially for travelling. 2018 is very promising and exciting for travelers. Enthusiastic travelers want to discover more and visit new places every year. From pristine islands, hilly mountains to buzzing cities, here is the list of best places to visit in 2018.
1.) Andaman & Nicobar Islands
For island lovers, the top choice for a holiday is usually the Mauritius or Hawaii, breaking through the stereotypes is the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Crusted on the Bay of Bengal, the islands are less known and hence not swarmed with frequent travelers. The islands are undiscovered beauty offering crystal clear waters with wonderful opportunities for water sports such as snorkeling and scuba diving.
Besides the sea side, the capital city of Port Blair has various other attractions on offer such as the Cellular Jail, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Andaman Water sports complex, Chatham Saw Mill, Mini Zoo and many others.
Post the political turmoil, tourism in Egypt has taken a strong blow in the past few years. The country’s rich history and culture has been a point of interest for many years and with the conditions improving, Egypt is trying to regain it’s mojo in the tourism industry. The country wants to put forth a welcoming image and has undertake the construction of a $1 Billion project which will be partially open to the public in 2018.
The opulent project is The Grand Egyptian Museum is a structure spreading to nearly 650,000 square feet. The museum is being made to present the finest treasures of the pharaohs, including the body and golden funeral mask of Tutankhamen and more than 100,000 artifacts. When the museum partially opens in 2018, visitors in the atrium can witness in the breathtaking sight of both the Pyramid of Menkaure and the Great Pyramid of Khufu from a floor-to-ceiling glass wall.
3.) Petra, Jordon
The Middle Eastern Turbulence has taken a toll on the mystical and historical, World Heritage Site in Jordan. But, now with gradual resilience the charming city is slowly getting it’s due attraction. Dated back to have been carved and found by Arabs 2000 years, the city is a time travelling machine. Situated from the city’s capital Amman by a 3 hour ride in the desert, Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The colors and rock creations are stupefying to the ones who see it. The magnificent dusky rose rock face are one of it’s kind and take you way back in time to the 1st Century with the architecture and design. Roaming around the site is also an experience, motor vehicles aren’t allowed in here and hence you can hire or a donkey or camel and truly feel like what it is to be there.
4.) Bahamas Islands
Wishing for that Caribbean laid back vacation? Simply head to the Bahamas to unwind and relax with the cool sea breeze. The Bahamas comprising of 700 odd islands in the Atlantic Ocean are the perfect beach getaway in Central America. After the destruction by Hurricanes that got Haiti in the spotlight, the islands are fast healing and recovering. Grand Hyatt debuted a sprawling beach resort called the Baha Mar. The resort has a casino, golf course, spa and nine restaurants up for offer.
If what you seek is a cultural adventure, then Peru is a must visit. The South American country has a myriad of options for all with it’s rich culture and history, the diverse country side for the adventure seekers, and it’s popular festivals and traditions. The adventure seekers can travel through the Amazon and find adventure sports such as river rafting, para gliding etc.
For those who want a respite from the bustling fast paced day to day city life, Bhutan is the place to go. The Buddhist hub with innumerable monasteries set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Himalayan landscapes has ample of serenity to offer. The country has stupendous views of the magnificent Himalayas and the beautiful monasteries. The Buddist culture is in the roots of the country and reflects in the countries festivals, textiles, handicrafts and traditions. Bhutan is also proud to have maintained it’s Eco diversity by ensuring that at all times, the country has atleast 60% of green cover, right now the forested area covers 70% and is a heaven for all nature lovers.
Lastly but definitely not the least, is the European Capital of Culture for 2018, the exotic city of Malta. The city has the UNESCO World Heritage site, 16th-century fortifications created by the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Valletta’s International Baroque Festival which is being organized annually since 2013, is going to be grander this year in the 450 year old city. The grandeur celebrations will have some 400 events and 140 projects by 1,000 local and international artists, curators, performers, writers, designers, and filmmakers.
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