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: “Though two of the most popular neighborhoods (Roma and Condesa) suffered extensive damage during the earthquake in September, it’s nearly impossible to notice,” says travel writer (and new Mexico City resident) Brooke Porter Katz. “The city is back up and running—and welcoming visitors with open arms.” Less frequented by American travelers than Mexico’s coastal meccas, Mexico City, nestled in the country’s interior, offers a completely different perspective for those looking to explore beyond Puerto Vallarta and Cancun. “This year is an especially exciting one for the city: it’s the World Design Capital of 2018, a first for a country in the Americas,” says Porter Katz. “February will bring the esteemed Zona Maco contemporary art fair. It has an incredible food scene, and is a great value thanks to the peso/dollar conversion rate.”
What to do: Porter Katz is a fan of Museo Frida Kahlo, the museum dedicated to the renowned Mexican artist, housed in her lifelong home (reserve tickets in advance to make sure you can get in to this popular attraction). She also suggests a day trip to the Teotihuacan pyramids, as well as heading to the Plaza Garibaldi to listen to mariachi bands in the evenings. “And just walk!” she adds. “The best way to see the city is really to just wander around the different neighborhoods.”
Pro tip: “Uber is the best way to get around from neighborhood to neighborhood,” advises Porter Katz. “Just avoid getting on the road during morning or evening rush hour. Traffic at those times is terrible.”