If 2017 was all about gorgeous landscapes, bucket list trips, the world's best beaches and traveling closer to home, 2018 is all about thinking outside the box for a great escape. The world is officially rethinking luxury travel, with people looking to explore the world now more than ever. Leave your presumptions about certain parts of the world at home and get your passports ready–these are the 18 top places to travel in 2018.
Why to go: After the decades-long travel restrictions to America’s near-neighbor were lifted under the Obama administration, interest in this island nation boomed. Though subsequent shifts in the political climate have left the future of Cuban travel uncertain, savvy travelers are setting their sights on the country now. Known for its dazzling tropical beauty, classic cars, and exceptional food–all just a short plane ride from the US coast–Cuba makes for a tempting destination for those who want adventure without flying around the globe.
What to do: Instead of the usual rush to pack in everything you want to see, getting the full Cuban experience is all about taking your time and taking it easy. Spend an afternoon walking around the Malecón, Havana’s most famous thoroughfare complete with Easter egg-colored houses; or, head over to the Jaimanitas district known as “Fusterlandia” to take in the elaborate, kaleidoscopic tile-work that Cuban artist, José Fuster, decorated his neighborhood with. Explore El Morro, the 400 year-old wave-lashed fort and lighthouse that is practically a symbol of Havana in and of itself. While away your time at the Museo de la Revolucion, the no-little-bit-propagandized museum dedicated to the history of the Cuban revolution, housed in the 1920s-era Tiffany’s-decorated former Presidential Palace. Literary lovers should make a point of stopping by Finca Vigia, renowned author (and lover of Cuba) Ernest Hemingway’s island-side home. No matter what facet of Cuban culture you delve into, make sure to take your time eating and drinking your way around the island. Sample the island’s beloved bold, sweet coffee, hit up the ice cream parlors, and sip plenty of properly-prepared rum drinks.