Top 10 destinations to visit in 2018

This year is the year. The year we’re jetting off to new and exciting destinations and exploring the world. We’re sure there are a thousand new year’s resolutions each year to travel more but the world has never been more accessible. While the July/August Euro vacay and Japan in May to see the cherry blossoms are fun and beautiful, they are tried and tested formulas. Why not break out of the mould in 2018 and try some hot new destinations before the rest of the crowds get there?

We’ve teamed up with our friends from Peregrine Travel Centre SA to put together a list to help you get inspired.

Mexico

Tulum, Mexico

Everyone thinks of something different when Mexico is mentioned, and it’s understandable because there’s so much of it to see and explore. From its incredibly rich history – think the Aztec ruins of Teotihuacan – to the delicious traditional street food in Mexico City (contrary to popular belief there are more than just burritos and tacos) to the breathtaking coastline of  the Yucatan Peninsula – the trick is to travel south from Cancun into Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. Mexico has a little something for everyone.

Explore the highlights of Mexico on this 15 day tour with Geckos Adventures from just $1,260pp*.

Cuba

Havana, Cuba

Cuba is definitely not new, but with recent changes in international relations, it’s like a whole new (and beautiful) part of the world has opened up. The timeworn yet magical sites, the sounds of the historic Havana Vieja and wonderous colours of their dilapidated buildings and classic American cars will transport you to another time period. This fascinating destination needs to be seen to be believed.

Discover the beauty of Cuba on this 8 day Intrepid trip from $2,066pp* or if you want to get off the beaten track this 15 day Cuba Trekking and Beaches trip is just for you!

Croatia

Hvar, Croatia

What Greek Islands? Croatia is the new Adriatic hub to be travelling – and sailing – into for the upcoming Euro summer. Fly into the bustling seaside city of Split and visit a UNESCO World Heritage site and admire some Roman monuments before jumping on a seven day sailing tour which will stop off at some of the best islands the country has to offer. Then head down to Dubrovnik and walk the limestone cobbled streets to capture the essence of old town Croatian life.

Sail from Split to Dubrovnik from just $1,890pp*.

Canada

Whistler, Canada

If Summer and warm weather isn’t your thing, why not take a ski trip to the Great White North? There’s nowhere else in the world that does snow quite like Canada does. Head to Whistler aka the holy grail of ski resort towns to check out the slopes – not to mention a tonne of après-ski. Head on to Kelowna and Banff if you want to keep the skiing going but if not, pop down to Vancouver to start your city tour, and don’t forget to try the poutine.

If you’re aged 18-29 you can join this incredible 14 day Canada Winter Festivals trip with Geckos Adventures – from just $3,495pp* you’ll get to experience not one but five major winter festivals in this beautiful country!

Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

It’s time, guys. It’s time to see some (or a lot) of llamas and finally tick the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu off your bucket list. Other than the famed pilgrimage site, there are also many other incredible sites and ruins to see and explore Peru’s 5000-year history. You also can’t go to Peru without taste testing their delicious cuisine, from fresh ceviche to delicious chocolate made from cacao grown right there in the Amazon. The key is to get active and say yes to all the rafting, zip lining and bike riding there is to do.

But remember, Inca Trail permits are limited and if you want to experience this incredible destination (especially during peak season) you’ll need to apply for your permits early. Contact the consultants at Peregrine Travel Centre SA who can assist you with anything you’d like to know about the Inca Trail.

South Africa

Mkuze Falls, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Desert, mountains and flanked by two oceans, South Africa is an all-rounder travellers dream. Admire amazing wildlife at Kruger National Park and walk the city of Cape Town and see what its beautiful coastline has to offer. Then head inland to the winelands – yes, they make some good wine in South Africa – and visit towns like Stellenbosch and Franschhoek and don’t forget to try the local version of Champagne, Méthode Cap Classique. We’ll cheers to that.

If you want a unique South African adventure, and you’re aged between 18-29, how about a 17 day camping safari from just $2,780pp* or this 18 day Explore Southern Africa trip is great for all ages!

Sri Lanka

St Clairs Falls, Sri Lanka

This unique island is home to some incredible wildlife, beautiful beaches and has an interesting history and culture that remains relatively untouched. But not for long. An increasingly popular travel destination, 2018 is the year to see its eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, visit the world’s oldest living human-planted tree and be in complete awe at the sight of hundreds of elephants gathering in one place. Sri Lanka is the best of both worlds where you can go to white sand beaches, trek rainforests and experience endless tea plantations and beautiful greenery.

Want a more local Sri Lankan experience that let’s you dive deep into the traditions and local cuisine of this unique destination? Then this 12 day Sri Lanka Real Food Adventure is for you!

Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

This European destination has been growing in popularity and for good reason! Eat delicious food – don’t leave without indulging in a Portuguese tart… or three – take photos of breathtaking coastlines and see some seriously beautiful towns. Take a day trip to the fairytale-esque Sintra, spend a few days in Porto and catch some waves further down south in Lagos. There’s so much to do and see.

Peregrine Travel Centre SA can help you plan your own independent itinerary through Portugal or if you prefer small group travel then how about this Portugal Real Food Adventure.

Iceland

Jökulsárlón Lagoon, Iceland

A part of Europe so far removed that it feels like you’re in a completely different part of the world, Iceland is constantly dazzling travellers. A mix of stunning landscapes and scenery, head to the Reykjanes Peninsula to see the famous Blue Lagoon – we all want that Instagram shot. Throughout your travels in Iceland, catch sights of waterfalls, glaciers and volcanoes. Plus, if you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of the elusive Northern Lights.

Geckos new 7 day Iceland Camping Adventure trip starts from just $1,995pp*.

Morocco

Chefchaouen, Morocco

This year, cross the Strait of Gibraltar and make your way to Morocco for a full sensory experience. See all the ancient medinas, admire the mountains of High Atlas and rugged desert, be dazzled by the blinding blue and white of Chefchaouen, but also experience more than just the delightful sites and culture by  heading off on a food adventure. It’s the perfect way to a take in all of the traditions and take home a piece of Morocco with you.

Discover the beauty of Morocco on this 13 day Morocco Uncovered trip with Intrepid or check out the amazing range of tours to Morocco the guys at Peregrine Travel Centre SA can help you with.

The friendly team at Peregrine Travel Centre SA can help you with all your travel needs, whether you’re after a group tour, flights, independent travel, travel insurance or more. Their experienced consultants have travelled all over the world and are more than happy to offer their tips and advice for travel to all destinations. Contact them to find out more or like them on Facebook or Instagram for some travel inspiration.

*This content is sponsored by Peregrine Travel Centre SA

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