From lively arts and culture scenes, to gorgeous desert islands and awe-inspiring African safari experiences, there’s a big world out there to explore. And if you’re looking to add some adventure and excitement to your 2018, then you need look no further than these vibrant destinations!
Famous for the extensive nutmeg plantations that give it the nickname of the “Spice Isle”, Grenada is truly an indulgence for all of the senses. Despite its lush rainforests, exquisite cuisine and picture-perfect tropical beaches, it remains one of the least crowded Caribbean destinations, so it’s an excellent option if you want to enjoy paradise in peace! Comprised of one main island and several smaller surrounding islands, Grenada provides excellent opportunities for sailing and cruising about at your leisure. For a little bit of culture and history, visitors can explore the capital St. George’s, where an 18th century fort and beautiful Georgian-style homes will enchant you. If you’re looking for a bit of a party on the other hand, then Grand Anse Beach to the south of the island with its collection of vibrant bars and resorts is the place to be.
San Francisco, USA
There are almost too many iconic sights to mention when it comes to the effervescent city that is San Francisco, but let’s give it a go! From the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Ocean Beach, Chinatown and the Mission District, to the Golden Gate Park and Muir Woods National Monument, you’re going to need to free up quite a bit of space for all the photos you’ll be taking. Recently the city has also become synonymous with excellent cuisine, whether you’re picking up some tasty grub-on-the-go from a food truck or hitting one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants.
Samara Game Reserve, South Africa
If you’re looking to safari in style, then this has to be the destination of choice in 2018.
This luxury safari game lodge located in the breathtaking Karoo wilderness of South Africa offers all the dramatic wildlife encounters one wants from an African safari, just in total comfort, luxury and style! A favorite honeymoon destination for locals, Hello Magazine voted this stunning resort one of their ‘Twelve Most Romantic Places in the World’, and it’s easy to see why. Outdoor dining by candlelight is a specialty, and they even offer the unique experience of the Milky Way Star Bed, where you and your significant other can cuddle under the stars in the comfort of a four-poster bed for the night. By day, explore the region’s diverse wildlife with game drives or guided walking tours. Samara is taking more than an active role in preserving and restoring the Karoo’s natural beauty, from their cheetah rehabilitation program to their programs working with elephants, black rhino, and the endangered Cape Mountain zebra.
Known as the ‘Island of the Gods’, this surfer’s paradise with its golden beaches, cerulean seas and lush forests dotted with ancient temples is a place you’ll never, ever forget – and almost certainly not want to leave either. Head inland to explore the local museums and markets, or trek through the jungle to discover beautiful caves and waterfalls, and even swing through the trees with a canopy experience! Kuta is an excellent beach to choose if you’re up for your first surfing lesson, and divers will relish the opportunity to explore the area’s ship wrecks.
Machu Picchu, Peru
This ancient Incan citadel in Peru finds its way onto many an eager traveler’s bucket list, and it’s easy to see why. If you want to experience this one of a kind UNESCO World Heritage site like the explorers of old must have done (and you’re brave and fit enough, of course!) then the four day Inca Trail hike into the historical site is an unforgettable experience. If that all sounds a bit too strenuous, then fear not – you can simply hop on the train from Cusco which takes you right to the base of mountain instead.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
And speaking of bucket list destinations, here’s another that every visitor to the States should try their utmost to see in person. Stretching across a whopping 277 river miles and with an almost unbelievable maximum depth of just over 1,800 meters, the Grand Canyon is without doubt one of Nature’s most impressive sights. Aside from the canyon itself, the some 6 million visitors that the national park attracts each year can take part in hiking, experiencing the Bright Angel Trail old-style on the back of a mule, or rafting down the Colorado River.