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: A longtime favorite of European vacationers, this island off of Spain’s eastern coast is still a sleeper-hit for American travelers. While recent rulings that placed a cap on Airbnbs and hotel rooms (designed to deal with overcrowding in the summer months) may make snagging an overnight spot slightly more challenging than in years past, the trade-off in space and privacy is entirely worth it.
What to do: Spend your days enjoying the island’s many historic sites, like the spectacular Antoni Gaudi-designed Catedral de Mallorca, the ancient fort-cum-ceremonial home of the King of Spain, Palau de l’Almudaina, or Real Cartuja de Valldemossa, which has served alternately throughout the centuries as a royal palace, a monastery, and a part-time home to figures like composer Frederic Chopin and writer George Sand. The artistically inclined will appreciate Es Baluard, a contemporary art museum featuring works by Miro, Barcelo, and Picasso. Those seeking a more back-to- nature experience can get a workout on the island’s stunning natural rock formations (or just some truly gorgeous photos); and boating through the Cuevas del Drachs, a series of subterranean caves known for their crystalline waters and awe-inspiring stalactites, is an otherworldly way to spend a day lounging in the sun.