19 December 2017
The start of a new year brings fresh opportunities for you to get out and see the world, creating amazing holiday memories with your loved ones. Get a jump start on planning your next whirlwind holiday as we unveil our seven top picks of the best destinations to visit in early 2018.
Journey to Japan in early 2018 and savour unique experiences. A great time to visit is February, where you can find fun for all the family at the legendary annual Snow Festival in Sapporo, known for displaying ornate ice sculptures. Tackle the slopes at Niseko, one of Japan’s popular ski-resorts, or ward off the wintery chill by taking a dip in its onsen hot springs. Head to Okinawa and enjoy the region’s subtropical beaches like Yonaha-maehama Beach, a pristine stretch of golden shore that’s often quiet in the off-season. Lose yourself in bustling Tokyo, which is home to intricate temples, the Kabuki-za Theatre, where you can view traditional performances, and even a Disneyland!
Bask in South Africa’s winter sun early next year. Enjoy standout swathes of shore like Kelly’s Beach in Port Alfred, where young children can play in a special swimming area, or popular surfing spot Trafalgar Beach on the South Coast. Spend time in Johannesburg where you can explore man’s origins at UNESCO World Heritage Site the Cradle of Humankind, or ride rollercoasters at Gold Reef City theme park. Visit Cape Town’s top sites like Robben Island, Table Mountain and the nearby Franschhoek wine region, where you can tour scenic vineyards by tram. Meet the ‘Big Five’ animals by going on a safari at Kruger National Park, or view large mineral formations at the Cango Caves.
Considered one of the world’s most romantic destinations, The Maldives has all the essentials for a love-infused getaway. Blazing sunsets, colourful coral reefs, white sand beaches and some of the bluest water in the world combine to create a paradise perfect for a romantic break. Whether you’re planning a honeymoon, hoping to enjoy a special anniversary trip or are still in the daydreaming stage, then The Maldives should be on your agenda.
The most well-known and popular travel destination in Southeast Asia, the lure of Thailand is felt by millions of tourists each year. Enticed by the sparkling beaches of the islands in the south, the enigmatic temples and hill-tribes of the north, and the neon lights of Bangkok in between, exotic Thailand has something for every traveller. A great value-for-money holiday destination, Thailand is a favourite with both budget travellers and determined shoppers, who come to spend their baht at the many street markets, the affordable electronics shops or the infamous bars of Bangkok.
Diverse, colourful, affordable and alive with discoveries - Sri Lanka is a destination that will awaken the soul and offer many surprises as you uncover the essence of this remarkable island. From premium hilltop yoga retreats to close encounters with jungle giants on safari, the options are in abundance. Head to the east coast to soak up some sun in Arugum Bay, home of the most famous surf location in Sri Lanka. Visit Ella, the tea drinker’s mecca, tucked away in Sri Lanka’s misty hill country. A tranquil location to unwind, take leisurely strolls to nearby waterfalls, tackle some amazing hikes or visit the numerus Tea Estates in close proximity.
Baja Peninsula Mexico
From the relaxing beaches to the adrenaline packed adventures, the Baja Peninsula is one of Mexico’s most majestic destinations. Located at the southern end of the Baja California Peninsula, is a place of raw beauty where Mother Nature has merged landscapes of diverse contrast. The area is home to one of the best beaches in the region, Playa Palmilla. Another must-visit bay is Balandra, a tranquil stretch of beach and flat turquoise water that fringes the Sea of Cortez. The Sea of Cortez and its 244 islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Here you can have wild encounters with turtles, seals, sea lions, dolphins, and nine different whale species.
If you're interested in taking a holiday to any of these fantastic destinations, get in touch with your Travel Counsellor today to plan your tailor-made holiday.