Best countries to visit in 2018
Deciding upon a particular destination to visit in a world so far and wide is a task which is not that easy. As New Year is already around the corner, we have created a list of the best countries to visit in 2018 just for you, so that the travel-related decisions get easier for you. While handpicking the best countries to travel in 2018, we kept in mind the diversity of travellers. All these destinations have potential to please globetrotters from all parts of the world, who visit different places just for the sheer love of one or a couple of aspects of travel, for instance, food, heritage, nature, adventure and more. Primed to please travellers of all tastes, here is our list of the best countries to visit in 2018. Pick the one you like and start making your bookings!
If seeking solace amid serenity is the reason why you travel, Finland is the perfect destination for you. Surrounded by the best of what Mother Nature can offer, a traveller can soak in the charm of the region’s unspoilt beauty, read a book, relax, go on nature walks and do all the things that our busy urban lives don’t allow us to do. However, if you are looking to explore the length and breadth of this destination, there is plenty in store for every nature-loving traveller. While the Finnish Lapland is close enough to the Arctic Circle, it also offers stunning views of the Northern Lights. The country is also home to 40 national parks, 12 wilderness areas, 20,000 islands and six national hiking areas as well.
Iceland is gradually making its way to the top of the list of most popular travel destinations in the world. In fact, a recent survey even revealed that most Indians going on international vacations are preferring Iceland over most other places. A lot of credit for its popularity goes to the famous TV show, Game of Thrones, in which Iceland happens to be the shooting location of the land beyond the wall. Besides, there are plenty more to explore in the country as well. On the one hand is the stunning display of Aurora Borealis and, on the other hand, are boat cruises for viewing dolphins, flavours of the deep-rooted Nordic culture, and a host of adventure activities including kayaking, hiking and ice climbing, snowmobiling and snorkelling among other things.
Among a lot of other things that make it one of the finest countries to visit in the world, it is the cultural heritage and the unique wildlife experience offered by South Africa that makes it a deserving pick in HappyTrip’s list of the best countries to visit in 2018. Be it the compelling art and design scene and the stunning mountainous views of Cape Town, or the amazing wildlife safari within the depths of Kruger, Kgalagadi and other national parks, South Africa is no less than an open invitation to the world of travellers all over. This is one of the only places in the world offering the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) in its wildlife reserves. And then there is enough scope to enjoy outdoor activities like surfing off the Eastern Cape coast, rock-climbing in Cederberg, and abseiling from Cape Town’s Table Mountain.
Travelling to Spain is a part of many traveller’s dreams, and this is mainly because this destination is a melting pot of unparalleled cultural heritage, scenic places, cosmopolitan beauty and historical sites that have changed some major events in the region’s past. Spain’s urban vibrancy can be best experienced in Madrid, which boasts of more than 60 museums for the culture vulture, most happening nightclubs for the party freaks, manicured parks and gardens for the nature lover and street art for the traveller who loves to explore street art. No wonder, there was a time when celebrated author Ernest Hemingway called this city “The Capital of the World”. When it comes to exploring Spain’s cultural heritage and historical monuments, Granada and Malaga are among the best places to visit. Both of these places are home to enough palaces and other significant monuments. Besides, for amazing art, one must head to Barcelona and for some stunning beaches, Formentera is a great place to be.
When the discussion is about the best countries to travel, India has to be in the list. After all, there are very few places in the world that are as diverse as this country is. India has everything from rivers to mountains to sea beaches to islands for nature lovers, and also well equipped to charm those who travel for the love of heritage, culture and leisure among other things. While Agra’s Taj Mahal has always been at the centre stage of tourism in India, there are enchanting mountains of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, stunning greens of Meghalaya, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, sea beaches of Goa and Maharashtra, amazing wildlife of Uttarakhand, Assam, Madhya Pradesh and other states, and cultural heritage in almost all parts of the country. All of this and a lot more together make India one of the finest countries to visit for travellers.
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
When it comes to the number of places to visit for travellers, there are options galore in UAE. This is a country wherein people visit from all parts of the world just to explore the charm and beauty that are there in some of the finest metropolitan cities in the world. Having said that, Dubai and Abu Dhabi can be easily called the two most popular destinations in this country. Travellers from all parts of the world like to visit Dubai to experience the exclusive charm of man-made marvels and eye-popping luxury that surrounds the place in all of its metropolis in the form of malls, markets, hotels, museums, theme parks and a lot of other things. Abu Dhabi offers some of the best ways to travellers to explore UAE’s history through its museums, exhibitions, tours and food. Besides, this city also charms travellers through its many moods and luxuries and boasts of being home to world’s largest hand-loomed carpet, the fastest rollercoaster, the highest high tea, the tower with the greatest lean, and the largest cluster of cultural buildings of the 21st century among other great things.
Canada is a place which should be visited by travellers just for the sheer joy of exploring some of the most beautiful landscapes on planet earth. Let’s start with the Canadian Rockies, which is one of the most beautiful stretches of mountains in the country. These can be best explored by a journey on the special tourist train service that takes travellers through this place. And then there are amazing national parks with Banff being the most popular one of them all. The massive Banff National Park has everything right from the rugged mountain peaks to meadows to turquoise-blue lakes, all of which can be explored by hiking and horseback excursions to even beautiful accommodation options within the park. For exploring the country’s socio-cultural richness, one must head to Montreal where travellers can experience art pop-ups, symphony performances, and an amazing culinary scene among other things.
If you are someone who likes to travel the world for the love of nature, New Zealand is probably that place where you would finally want to settle down or spend a considerable long vacation. Home to some of the most stunning landscapes on earth, New Zealand was the shooting location for all the movies released under the franchise of the Lord of the Rings. Remember the beautiful village of Hobbiton and all of those places through which The Fellowship of the Ring travels? They were beautiful places, weren’t they? There’s something in store for all kinds of travellers in this place. For taking part in adventure activities, one must head to Queenstown, the wine lovers must head to South Islands for its amazing wineries, and all nature lovers must head to places like Auckland, Whangarei and Hamilton among other places.
One of the reasons why Peru has found so much prominence as one of the most popular destinations in the world is the announcement of Machu Picchu as one of the Wonders of the World. Even we at HappyTrips fully support the fact that this ancient and beautiful Inca settlement does make the country good enough to be in the list of the best places to visit in the world. Besides, Cuzco in Peru has also become one of the most popular backpacking destinations in the world in the last few years. Adding cherry on the cake was the recent launch of the Belmond Andean Explorer, which is a special luxury train for tourists who are keen on exploring the Andes mountains through a train journey. The new train will travel along one of the highest railways on Earth, via the 14,150 ft summit at La Raya, to Lake Titicaca and on to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Arequipa. It is one of the best train journeys in the world and surely makes Peru one of the deserving places in our list.
Switzerland has always been one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, thanks to the stunning landscapes that are there in almost every corner of the country. Right from the stunning and snowy Alps mountains to the dreamy pastoral landscapes of the countryside, there are very few things in this place that won’t make you fall in love with it. Some of the things that together make Switzerland one of the travel-worthy places in the world include the shimmering lakes, the picturesque walled medieval towns, endless meadows, delicious chocolate and ample of opportunities for the adventure lovers. Zurich, Bern and Matterhorn are some of the finest places to visit in this picturesque country.