2018's Emerging Travel Destinations

2018's Emerging Travel Destinations

All Regions
Hayley Schultz


Iceland has been an up-and-coming destination over the past few years for thrill seekers and explorers to have the time of their lives. It's full of exciting outdoor activities such as exploring the new ice cave at Langjokull, visiting Snaefellsjokull National Park or embarking on the ultimate road trip down the iconic Ring Road. The Blue Lagoon and the Northern Lights are some of the more well-known wonders you can experience there, but they aren't the only things going on! Iceland is known for several festivals and events happening throughout the year, such as the Secret Solstice in Reykjavik, Iceland for music lovers.


Being known as one of the locations where the hit TV show Game of Thrones is filmed is not the only reason why Croatia has become an emerging destination recently. Croatia is full of ancient columns, temples and unassuming by charming bars, restaurants and shops that are just waiting to be discovered by you. While yes, Croatia is full of history and architecture, it also has some of the best beaches in the world such as Zlatni Rat, and incredible national parks, including the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes and Krka, which are famous for their stunning lakes and waterfalls.

South Africa

Not only does South Africa have an abundance of exotic wildlife such as lions, elephants, and leopards, it's also home to Cape Town, which is one of the world's best cities to visit. Cape Town is one of three capital cities in South Africa and offers a wide array of different cultures, cuisines and landscapes together to create this melting pot of individuals placed in the magnificent Table Mountain National Park. Also, something you might not know is that South Africa is an excellent place to go whale watching. Mark Cawardine, the wildlife expert, explains: "This is one of the few places in the world where it is possible to watch whales from coastal footpaths, restaurants, cafes and even from the comfort of your hotel bed..."


The remote Hokkaido Island in Japan is one of the world's best kept secrets. The island is untouched from the country's modernization, so it's easy to immerse yourself into its natural beauty with its glacial lakes, clean air, rolling hills and low population-to-space ratio. You can go off the beaten path to experience Japan's most famous pilgrimage, the 88 temple route, but if you want to head back to the city then Japan has a high-speed bullet train that makes it easier and faster for travelers to explore.

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