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The 5 Best Places to Visit in 2018

The 5 Best Places to Visit in 2018

With a new year right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to begin planning an exciting vacation to chase away the post-holiday blues. Before getting into the finer details, however, one must first choose the perfect destination. Narrowing down all of the available options can be overwhelming, but here’s a list of hot and happening spots for the ideal 2018 getaway.

This southern neighbor of the U.S. just landed on the Business Insider list of the most desirable vacation spots of 2018. Take the insider’s tip of visiting the vibrant community of Viales, or check out the action in lively Old Havana. For beach lovers, the coastal resort town of Varadero, on the Hicacos Peninsula, can’t be beaten in terms of scenery and value. Since the future is uncertain in terms of legal travel to Cuba, now is the time to take advantage of all that this country has to offer.

Copenhagen, Denmark
According to Travel + Leisure magazine, travel to the Danish capital of Copenhagen has seen an 80 percent increase over the past decade. See what all the hype is about by visiting this hip and colorful destination for yourself. Incidentally, there’s a good reason for the steady uptick in visitors: Copenhagen has become a culinary hotspot, with more trendy bars and restaurants than most people can pack into a weeklong visit.

Marrakech, Morocco
The bustling haven of Marrakech has long been a favorite amongst romantics and lovers of the nightlife, but now is the ideal time to check this African city off your bucket list. For fashion mavens, the YSL Museum, featuring the life and work of legendary designer Yves St. Laurent, is a must-see. Be forewarned that the website is in French — but if you plan to travel to Marrakech, it’s not a bad idea to brush up on the old francais in any case.

Kuelap, Peru
The walled city of Kuelap

is known as “the Machu Picchu of the North,” and the honorific is well-earned. Built by the Chachapoyas culture in the 6th century AD, these ancient structures provide an awe-inspiring glimpse into South America’s rich history. Plan to spend at least half a day admiring the detailed stonework and intricate carvings of this unforgettable destination.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
It may not be the most exotic destination even by U.S. standards, but this thriving metropolis is having its day in the sun. Not only has it earned a reputation as a foodie haven, with no fewer than 13 James Beard finalists in the year 2017, it will also host Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018. As if all that weren’t enough, this was also the birthplace of the late recording artist known as Prince, and fellow musical legend Bob Dylan attended the city’s University of Minnesota. With credentials like these, Minneapolis offers something for everyone in the coming year.

Whether your travels take you near or far, to the mountains or the sea or somewhere in between, may 2018 be a year of wondrous new beginnings and exciting memories in the making.