Planning to travel this year? Here are some destinations that should be on your 2018 bucket list.
If these three awesome travel spots weren’t on your radar before now, they really should be. With beautiful attractions, unique cultures, delicious food and plenty of great attractions, these three spots are sure to offer a memorable adventure.
It’s easy to fall in love with the magic of Portugal – the charming medieval cities, the winding cobblestone streets, the warm beaches with golden sand. You can dine on fresh fish while listening to the melancholy strains of traditional music, explore crumbling Roman ruins or attend a festival.
Portugal has a complex and fascinating past and there is evidence of many cultures and highlights here, including the Christians, Moors, Visigoths, Romans and Celts. Plus, this country is also known for its stunning natural beauty – from the rugged peaks of the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Geres, the wild dolphins of the Sado Estuary and the powerful rushing waters of the Rio Guadiana.
Get a taste of African culture in Morocco. In the cities you will find busy marketplaces alive with the scent of spices and the colours of patterned rugs and glittering gems. When you venture out into the countryside you’ll find the stunning High Atlas Mountains, the vast sands of the Sahara and even the rugged beaches of the coastline.
Your adventures can be huge and epic (like camel trekking across the desert or hiking in the mountains) or intimate and personal, like sharing a cup of mint tea with a friendly local in a street cafe. No matter what, you’ll come home with many stories.
Japan is both incredibly modern and deeply traditional at the same time. You can shop for robots and sleep on a tatami mat in a traditional Japanese inn, both in the same day. You can sing karaoke or attend an anime convention, or spend the day in peace at an ancient shrine. In addition to the impressive architecture of the temples, the world-class hiking trails, the beauty of Japanese gardens and the buzz of the big cities – there’s also the incredible cuisine.
Japanese food is an art that has been perfected for centuries and it is prepared with the freshest, local ingredients. From the hearty hotpot dishes served high in the mountains to the fresh sushi along the coast, there are a lot of wonderful tastes to enjoy.