Must-Visit Destinations in 2018

It’s that time of year when those travel plans start to take shape, as we see out the rest of winter in the UK and look forward to the next adventure. Whatever your travel plans this year – city or break or far flung beach getaway – start with the must-visit destinations in 2018.

New Orleans, USA

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Thirteen years after Hurricane Katrina devastated this city in Louisiana, New Orleans celebrates its 300th anniversary in 2018. One of the most unique cities in the U.S., New Orleans has been a melting pot of French, Creole, African-American and Caribbean culture (amongst others) for centuries, and has become famous for its food, jazz, colonial architecture and seemingly never-ending party atmosphere. Stay at the Catahoula, a 35-room boutique hotel in a renovated 1845 Creole townhouse where the rooms are contemporary and Peruvian influences are found throughout (don’t miss the hotel’s famous Piscobar).

Tbilisi, Georgia

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Thanks to a certain Mr Demna Gvasalia, Georgia – and in particular Tbilisi – has been getting a lot of airtime recently. And rightly so. Fifteen years after the Rose Revolution, make 2018 the year to discover the city’s emerging, lively arts and cultural scene, unique take on post-Soviet fashion and blend of ancient, USSR and modern architecture. The place to stay in Tbilisi is Rooms Hotel, where contemporary design comes together with old-world Tbilisi charm and touches of 1930s New York style.

Santiago, Chile

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Marking 200 years of independence, 2018 is the perfect excuse to make it over to Chile. Make Santiago your base for exploring the country, whether it’s exploring the Andes, heading to the coast or far south to Patagonia, or stick to the eccentric city, with its distinctive comunas (districts) that differ from one to the next. Stay at Luciano K, an art deco hotel in Santiago’s bohemian district of Lastarria, with a roof terrace that offers the best views across the city.

Antwerp, Belgium

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One of Europe’s unsung heroes, this year will see Antwerp come into its own with Antwerp Baroque 2018: a programme of street art, concerts, shows and workshops from June until the end of the year, all inspired by the influential artist Rubens. It’s also a city of contrasting architecture, cutting edge fashion (Dries Van Noten still calls Antwerp home) and is home to some of the most exciting cuisine in Belgium. Stay at Hotel O Kathedral for modern Antwerp meets Baroque, right in the heart of the city.

Words by Angharad Jones

Angharad Jones

Angharad Jones

Writer and expert