You might feel more inclined to stay in and watch Netflix, but the winter months are also a great time to start planning your first vacation in the new year. If you're looking for inspiration, take note of National Geographic's edit of the top travel destinations to visit in 2018. The magazine tapped its team of international editors to find out which countries, cities, and regions are on the rise and where to go now before the crowds arrive.
A few of the team's recommendations are in-line with Lonely Planet's Best in Travel List. Ireland and Chile both feature, and National Geographic agreed that South Korea, one of the hot spots we identified, will see a surge in visitors before the Olympic Games. Here are three lesser-known locales NatGeo's editors predict will be big in 2018. Get ready to rewrite your bucket list.
1. Malmö, Sweden: Their editors dub Sweden's third-largest city a "United Nations of food" with modern Nordic cuisine and authentic dishes from around the world.
2. Jujuy Province, Argentina: This region is home to the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a World Heritage site that's composed of "narrow valley is cloaked in colorful rock bands crafted over millennia."
3. Jordan: The new 400-mile Journal Trail is a must, according to the NatGeo team. The hike leads through forests, deserts, and scenic canyons.
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