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Set your sights on a new travel experience. Here are some of the places we predict will be the most talked-about in 2018. 

By Nicky Brandon, Catherine Brown, Martine Bury, Rina Chandarana, Elizabeth Frels & Lisa Sun  

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Ladakh, India

Snowcapped mountains rise high above monasteries and bustling bazaars in this northern corner of India.

Why Go? Excite all of your senses. Stunning Himalayan vistas are the backdrop to the rich culture, ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, picturesque villages and colorful festivals.

Don’t Miss: Nature lovers and hardy trekkers will love a stay in a luxury camp as a base to explore the rugged high-altitude desert, valleys, lakes and river lands where snow leopards, Asian ibex and Tibetan wolves roam.

Cambodia

Southeast Asia’s bright jewel has all the qualities of a hidden gem with so much to discover: sparkling rice paddies, temples peeking over the tops of lush jungles, beautiful beaches and remote villages along the cultural Mekong River.

Why Go? The hospitality and kindness of the locals makes Cambodia a stand-alone destination—and you have your choice of amazing settings. Stay at a luxury resort on a private island with pristine beaches or at one nestled in a private nature sanctuary.

Don't Miss: See Angkor Wat, one of the most impressive temples in the world. 

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Sicily

Baroque architecture, turquoise-blue beaches and bountiful plates of pasta and seafood make Sicily an Italian destination that still feels untouched.

Why Go? Immerse yourself in history and enjoy the romance of the seaside. The city of Taormina is a blend of Greek, Roman and Byzantine history; a pearl of the Ionian Sea. 

Don’t Miss: The food: take a full-day gastronomic tour in the city of Bronte, the birthplace of pistachio. 

Bolivia

With a complex culture and a mountainous landscape brimming with natural curiosities, there’s a lot to unearth in this multifaceted South American nation.

Why Go? See spectacular feats of nature. The salt flats are an otherworldly stop on a Bolivian journey. Salar de Uyuni is known for its salt flats and is one of the world’s highest deserts, surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. 

Don’t Miss: Visit the salt miners workshop in the small village of Colchani and, at night, stargaze in the blinding white expanse in the middle of nowhere.

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Slovenia

Slovenia is a land of fairytale lakes, cliff-side castles and stunning natural scenery. 

Why Go? Take roads less traveled. Drive through the Vrsic Mountain Pass, learn more about the country’s World War I history and follow Ernest Hemingway’s footsteps as he wrote “A Farwell to Arms.”

Don’t Miss: Indulge in wine tasting, Michelin-starred dinners and multi-course castle meals in Goriska Brda. 

The American South

Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana each tell a unique story of the American experience.

Why Go? Immerse yourself in southern hospitality. Taste southern food, listen to the music and learn about the history of this fascinating region of the United States. 

Don’t Miss: Visit the best bars with a bourbon historian and sample flights at a distillery in Louisville. 

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Ethiopia 

History and hospitality meet in a land of a deeply spiritual culture, the rarest wildlife and boundless natural treasures. 

Why Go? Do something different. Eco-conscious travelers will love the remote feeling of the wilderness where swamps and volcanic ridges are home to a wide array of animals and colorful birds and butterflies. 

Don’t Miss: Visit Bale Mountains National Park to learn more about conservation programs for the tawny-colored Ethiopian wolf.


Good Stuff

It’s always the giving season. Go for gear that gives back. By Martine Bury

Warm, windproof, self-packable—and a portion of proceeds funds the research and conservation efforts of Polar Bears International.  Canada Goose PBI Camp Hoody in PBI Blue  $600 | canadagoose.com

Warm, windproof, self-packable—and a portion of proceeds funds the research and conservation efforts of Polar Bears International. 

Canada Goose PBI Camp Hoody in PBI Blue

 $600 | canadagoose.com

For every bag purchased, STATE delivers a backpack filled with learning tools and supplies to an American child in need. STATE Colby Kensington Backpack in Whiskey  $135 | statebags.com  

For every bag purchased, STATE delivers a backpack filled with learning tools and supplies to an American child in need.

STATE Colby Kensington Backpack in Whiskey

 $135 | statebags.com

 

Support a simple vision—rid the planet of plastic bottles—and benefit charities like UNICEF, (RED) and American Forest Foundation. 17 oz. S’well Bottle in Green Jasper   $35 | swellbottle.com  

Support a simple vision—rid the planet of plastic bottles—and benefit charities like UNICEF, (RED) and American Forest Foundation.

17 oz. S’well Bottle in Green Jasper 

 $35 | swellbottle.com

 


Flight Patterns

Your travel accessories don’t have to be boring. 

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Very Troubled Child’s travel trunks, bags, cases and small leather goods are shaking up luxury with a good dose of whimsy. The creation of Italian entrepreneur Alberto Favaretto fuses together clean lines, fine leather and modern sensibility with themes of grand journeys and the natural world. To further stand out from the crowd, luggage can be customized to order and personalized with hand-painted initials.

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