Lastminute.com reveals 2018’s must-see destinations
Leading online travel agent lastminute.com has revealed its top 15 travel destinations for 2018 as it tries to encourage Brits to spend less time at work and more time on holiday.
The list – which is sure to inspire wanderlust among any that read it – was compiled using the knowledge and predictions of its in-house travel experts and analysing data on the fastest growing destinations this year and what people are searching for and booking in 2018.
These details were then combined with information on the latest openings and new flight paths to compile the top 10 countries and top five cities for travel in 2018.
Topping the country list, Namibia has seen a massive 56 per cent increase in bookings this year with visitors seeking out the eerie shipwrecks of the famous skeleton coast and conservation-friendly safaris.
Celebrating 100 years of independence next year, Georgia has seen bookings rise 41% since the increase in popularity for its wines and outdoor activities. Tallinn tops the list for city breaks, while Amsterdam has seen a 15 per cent uplift in bookings with the imminent Eurostar route opening.
Commenting on the 2018 list, Reigo Eljas, country director at lastminute.com, said: “Every year we find that travel gets more exciting and people spend more time planning and discovering new and less explored parts of the globe, as the world continues to open up.
“We’re really excited to launch our travel bucket list for 2018, and while we know that some jet-setters will already be planning their trips, we hope our selection will help others decide where to spend those precious holiday days.”
Here are lastminute.com’s top 15 destinations for 2018:
Top 5 City Breaks
- Tallinn, Estonia
Best time to visit: February – to join the 100th anniversary celebrations
- New York, United States
Best time to visit: October – avoid the freezing winter weather and see Central Park in the fall
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
Best time to visit: June – sunny for cycling and trips down the canal
- Bucharest, Romania
Best time to visit: December – to visit its Christmas market and for a guaranteed white Christmas
- Dubai, UAE
Best time to visit: January – for some out of season winter sun
Top 10 Countries
Best time to visit: August – to avoid the rainy season and have the best wildlife spotting opportunities during the dry season
Best time to visit: September – to avoid the summer heat wave and winter freeze. September temperatures are perfect for exploring its beautiful landscapes comfortably
Best time to visit: July – to make the most of the hot weather and beautiful coves
Best time to visit: February – to travel within its driest months and for the Barranquilla’s Carnival
Best time to visit: November – to avoid the scorching summer months and enjoy out of season fares
- Isle of Man
Best time to visit: August – for the best weather and a cheaper family holiday destination during the school breaks
- Cape Verde
Best time to visit: December – for less rain, more pleasant temperatures and an alternative festive destination
Best time to visit: October – to avoid the monsoon and typhoon season
Best time to visit: April – just outside of the peak season for cheaper fares but still great weather
- New Zealand
Best time to visit: March – to visit during its most beautiful season, autumn