7 Unique Travel Destinations for 2018

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Winter is coming to a close and the 2018 summer season will be here before you know it. Now is the time to research and plan some travel to popular holiday destinations. It can be quite tempting to go back to the same places you have traveled to before because they are familiar and comfortable. But how about challenging yourself this year to explore new and exciting destinations and discover something truly spectacular? Get out of your comfort zone and explore the world! Here we shall look into some of the most unique travel destinations for 2018.

1. Botswana

Botswana, located in Southern Africa bordering Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia is a landlocked country. Stunning national parks and reserves make up more than a third of the country. The best time to pay a visit to this beautiful country will be from April through to September, as these are the prime times of the year to go on a safari. If you are looking for budget prices, you can pay a visit during the spring time, from September to December, but you should be prepared to experience high temperatures.

The most popular tourist attraction in Botswana is the Okavango Delta which is an inland flood plain that consists of islands and waterways. The delta is famous for its remarkable wildlife, with a wide range of mammals and birds. It is an excellent place for bird watchers to spend time observing a tremendous amount of vibrant birds.

Other attractions include the Kalahari desert and Chobe National Park. The heart and soul of Botswana lies within the safari tours which are simply something you’ll never forget in your lifetime. On top of that, you can make a stop to visit the indigenous tribes which include the Tswana and the Bayei.

2. Japan

The ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ as it’s known, is a superb place to visit this year if you want to experience a blend of ‘modern and ancient’ culture. Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit Japan, despite the frequent rain showers. The best time to visit isn’t consistent throughout the country due to wide variety of weather from one place to another.

There are many places to visit in Japan depending on your tastes, be it art and history, adventure, food, & beauty; this country has it all. The Golden Pavilion is very popular amongst tourists and so is the Tokyo Imperial Palace which is home to the Emperor. The palace features a museum as well where you can witness Japanese art and history. If you are down for a bit of an adventure, then you can try exploring Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and a popular destination for sightseers and climbers. Other places to visit include, Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Kiyomizu-dera, Tokyo Tower and so much more.

3. Eastern Bhutan

Bhutan, a country bordered by Nepal, Burma and Bangladesh is known for its untouched beauty. The east receives far less tourists than the west where food and accommodation is much more simpler to plan. But, if you make the trip, you will be rewarded with a view of traditional dzongs, flamboyant fabric and embroidery, temples and a wide range of beautiful birds, if you decide to pay a visit.

A few things you shouldn’t miss out in Eastern Bhutan include the dzong in Mongar, Yongla Gompa which is a famous monastery, Trashigang dzong which is a traditional dzong that sits on top of a hilltop, and Chorten Kora which is a magnificent stupa. It has so much more to offer too when you travel there.

4. Palau

The republic of Palau, located in the western Pacific ocean, is an island country with a population of around 21,000. It is an archipelago of about 200 islands and is covered with a wide variety of tropical plants and animals. For an out of the world experience, Palau is the place to be. With explicitly beautiful scenery, tropical climate and pristine beaches, it is a paradise for snorkelers and divers. The crystal clear water is a wonderful place for a good swim too.

The main attraction is for divers are the many world class dive sites. Divers will encounter an immaculate experience of the sea including ship wrecks, a wealth of marine life, and so much more. For history enthusiasts there are many World War II relics that can be explored within the jungle. There are also many museums in the area which show the rich history of Palau as well as its experience in WWII which will certainly make you want to travel here.

5. Latvia

Latvia is bordered by Estonia, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus and has a coastline of about 330 miles along the Baltic sea. June to mid September is the best time to travel to Latvia as the weather is warm and there is an abundance of delicious local food. Latvia is covered by dense forests which have a rich ecosystm of diverse wildlife.

One of the most populous cities in Latvia, Riga, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, which should certainly be explored when in in the region. Another place to explore is Jurmala, a resort town that stretches 20 miles and has white sand beaches. The Gauja National Park is a popular tourist attraction, it being the oldest national park of Latvia, boasts of a variety of animals and birds, land forms, springs, scenic views and historical monuments. Spectacular sandstone outcrops, cliffs and caves are some of the other main attractions of this park. A must see and a must go.

6. Thailand

Thailand, a country at the center of the Indochinese peninsula, is bordered by Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Gulf of Thailand, Malaysia and the Andaman Sea. Thailand is a tourist’s paradise with its enthralling cities like Bali and Phuket.

If you are looking to dive into crystal clear waters, enjoy exquisite local cuisine and just explore in general, this might be the place for you. For history buffs, you are won’t be left out of the fun. You can explore 700 year old temples, ancient cities and palaces and very old Buddhists structures. You also won’t want to miss out on Khao Yai National Park. The park is home to some unique animals and you may even get the opportunity to spend time with some of the elephants there. You can trek, bathe them and even feed these gentle giants when you travel here.

7. Greenland

Finally, we move on to the ‘land of the midnight sun’, Greenland, a country known for its freezing temperatures. However, this harsh land can actually be a delightful tourist destination. Greenland is the world’s largest island, and has the lowest population density. The island boasts of many attractions and activities.

What’s there to see in Greenland? For a start, there are amazingly beautiful glaciers and icebergs you can explore, especially the Ilulissat Icefjord. You can also experience the animal life in Greenland which include whales, seals, walruses, reindeer, polar bears and many others.

Moving on to the famous Midnight sun, a natural phenomenon in which the sun does not set for for several days a year. Many tourists go to see the spectacular view when the midnight sun finally sets, which creates a multitude of colors on the moving icebergs. Another natural phenomenon to witness is the spectacular Northern lights, dancing with its diverse colors – vibrant yellow, green, red, white. The sight is said to be magnificent. Mountain climbing, hiking, kayaking and dog sledding in the tundra are some activities you might be interested in when in Greenland.

Some other destinations you might be interested in, this travel season include Australia, Poland, Uruguay, Fiji and the USA. In the comments section below, leave us a detailed description of your recent trips to wondrous places you have been to. If you are raving to tell someone about your amazing experiences, we are here to listen.