All frequent travellers know that there are trends in the world of travel and leisure. As countries and cities build up their infrastructure, there are usually a few luxurious years where it’s a hidden treasure. Then, it gets “discovered” and the masses descend. After that, the place is overrun by tourists — think St. Mark’s Square in Venice on a summer weekend.
This year, beat the crowds by heading to a hot destination before the rest of the world has discovered it. We’ve put together a list of the hottest new destinations for 2018, sourced from frequent travellers who are in the know. Check it out below, and get inspired for your next adventure.
1. Pyeongchang, South Korea
Pyeongchang is set to become one of the hottest travel destinations in the world as they gear up to host the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, which start on February 9.
Pyeongchang itself is a county located in the northern part of South Korea, and has always been a popular destination for winter athletes. It has two huge ski resorts, both of which will be in use during the Olympics, and is popular with hikers as well. They’ve built up a ton of infrastructure in Daegwallyeong-myeon, the largest city in the region, including excellent transportation options that can take you out to the skiing areas quickly and easily, so you can easily experience both city and country life.
2. Šolta, Croatia
Šolta, a gorgeous island only nine miles off the coast of Croatia, has long been inaccessible to tourists — until the arrival of the ride-sharing service Uber.
In 2018, Uber is planning on launching a new service called UberBOAT, which makes it easier for people to share rides and hire both private boats and tour guides. The arrival of UberBOAT opens up tourism to Šolta, which is already perfectly equipped to welcome visitors with tons of gorgeous beach bars, and elegant, open-air restaurants. It’s an ideal place to visit when the weather is warmer as you can spend your days wandering through picturesque villages, and your evenings dancing and drinking on the beach.
Montenegro has spent its life in the shadow of Croatia, it’s flashier and more developed neighbor to the north. However, in recent years there has been tons of development throughout Montenegro, which has resulted in lots of infrastructure to support the cruise lines that are now passing through the country.
The most anticipated of these new developments comes from luxury hotel chain One&Only. Their first European hotel, the One&Only Portnovi, is set to open in Montenegro next year. Although much of Montenegro is made up of scenic coastlines, the most popular place to visit is still Kotor, their most famous historic city.