With 2018 officially upon us, it’s time to start planning your travels for the year ahead. Here at icelolly.com we love all things travel, and have compiled a list of the must-see places to add to your bucket list for the next 12 months ahead. There are a few classics in there, but also some up and coming destinations you may not be as familiar with, so no matter what your holiday style, there’ll be somewhere for you.
Positano has grown in popularity during recent times, and that upward trend appears set to continue for 2018. It’s the perfect destination for a few days of sun, sand and amazing Italian food. This little town is situated perfectly if you want to discover more of the Amalfi Coast too, as it’s only a 25 minute ferry ride to both Amalfi and Capri. Positano is a hillside town, so you’ll need to be fairly fit to make your way up and down all the stairs, but the stunning views are certainly worth it.
The city of Palermo is currently undergoing a lot of restoration to bring the Sicilian capital back to its former glory, so 2018 will be a great time to visit. Palermo has always been known for great food, but even more so now as the renovations begin to attract a whole host of street food retailers, adding to what is already a great street food scene.
Another city that has recently undergone regeneration is Valleta, in preparation for what promises to be an exciting year for this area of Malta. In 2018, Valletta is the European Capital of Culture, so it’s a great time to visit and see all the hard work that has been done. There will also be many events across the year to celebrate their Capital of Culture status, so you’ll have plenty to do and see if you decide to take a trip.
Hurghada is one of the first cities to recover from the decline in tourism to Egypt, and with good reason. The place is packed full of wonders and historical sites, plus this year part of the new Grand Egyptian Museum will be open and eventually showcase over 100,000 artefacts from Egypt’s rich history.
Towards the middle of last year Tallinn picked up pace as a must-visit holiday spot, which is set to increase now it has been named the Best Value Destination for 2018. Coupled with this accolade, Estonia is also celebrating 100 years of independence, so there’s sure to be a lot going on in and around the city.
This year, Norway will be celebrating 50 years of marriage between their king and queen, which means the country will be in high spirits and have plenty going on to celebrate. Not only will there be Royal celebrations, but also there’s a 10th birthday for Oslo’s Opera House – so expect lots of special performances.
Which destinations are on your bucket list to visit in 2018?