Emerging Destinations for 2018 you never knew

We have all see the hot lists for 2018, but this is a list to inspire you to travel to the not as well known destinations in 2018.

Contiki has put together a list of 2018’s Emerging Destinations, including epic experiences perfect for well-travelled Aussies looking for something new.

It reminds travellers that there is still time to make 2018 travel plans to visit some of the most unique destinations around the world.

Late last year, Contiki revealed the impact travel has on young people through an extensive research project, The Power of Travel, and also asked 1,800 Aussie’s where they want to jet-set to in 2018.


Jasper, Canada

See – Maligne Lake. With its startling blue water, this is one of the most photographed places in the world and for good reason

Do – Ride the rapids on a white-water rafting trip

Eat – Poutine! A hearty dish of French fries, fresh cheese curds, and brown gravy.


Uyuni, Bolivia

See – The eerie, derelict Great Train Graveyard

Do – Create your own unique and fun photos at the largest salt flats in the world

Eat – Snack on as many baked salteñas filled with meat, vegies and olives as you can


Bath, England

See – The ancient Roman baths

Do – Go boating down the River Avon to see Bath from the waterways

Eat – Hit the pubs! Traditional English fare doesn’t get any better than from a ye olde pub


Pondicherry, Southern India

See – The colourful and charming streets of this French colonial settlement

Do – Head to the beached for a spot of surfing

Eat – Try French inspired pastries from Eat My Cake, a not for profit café that supports local women


Geiranger Fjord, Norway

See – Boyabreen Glacier

Do – Depending on your skill level, hike up one of the many mountains and walkways in the area

Eat – Besides the obvious choice, salmon… our pick is Norwegian waffles – heart shaped and served as a snack, they can be topped with jam, brunost (tastes like a deeply savoury dulche de leche) or both!


Austin, Texas

See – the stunning vista of Lady Bird Lake (BYO bike!)

Do – Take a dip in the natural swimming hole, Hamilton Pool or spring fed Barton Springs Pool

Eat – You haven’t lived until you’ve feasted on Texas BBQ


Isle of Skye, Scotland

See – The pastel houses that fringe the coastline of the island like marshmallows

Do – Visit the seaside town of Portree and hike Ben Tianavaig

Eat – Cullen Skink, a tasty rich fish broth found all over the highlands and best served with a seaside view


Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

See – The beachside town Sayulita

Do –  Jungle Ziplining on Mexico’s longest and fastest lines

Eat – Tacos from one of the many street trucks


Kona, Hawaii

See – The stunning Punalu’u black sand beach

Do – Go wildlife snorkelling by day and sunset cruise by night

Eat – Poke Bowl. This ‘new’ food trend has been served in the Hawaiian Islands for centuries


Khao Sok, Thailand

See –Take in the majestic limestone mountains rising hundreds of meters above the turquoise waters by boat

Do – Spend the night in a floating river hut over Cheow Larn Lake

Eat – The unique ‘dry’ curry, Kua Kling


Sorrento, Italy

See – Mt Vesuvius (don’t worry, the volcano is dormant)

Do – Watch the sunset over the sea while sipping local wine

Eat – Renowned for its seafood, a Sorrento specialty would have to be Spaghetti e Vongole (spaghetti with clams)


French Riviera, France 

See – Find a spot by the sapphire waters and take in all the glamour of locals and visitors alike

Do – Shop for lavender and honey at the local markets

Eat – Croissants and snails… but not together


Rotorua, New Zealand 

See – The epic geothermal mud pools

Do – Treat yo’self to a hot spring spa or muddy beauty treatment

Eat – A traditional Hāngi dinner where food is cooked in a pit oven using heated rocks


Tokyo, Japan

See –  Costume spotting with Harajuku Girls

Do – Refresh your inner child and MariKart your way through the streets of Tokyo in Mario carts and costumes

Eat – Somewhere totes kawaii like a Unicorn or Sailor Moon Cafe


Granada, Spain

See – The winding streets of the Albaicín

Do –  Visit the Alhambra hilltop fort, the views and Moorish design is next level

Eat – Tapas of course, but for a real treat try the ice cream at Heladería Los Italianos


Selfoss, Iceland

See – Epic waterfalls, black beaches and the famous Selfoss geyser

Do –  Rent a bike and explore the small town, bonus points for every pony you spot!

Eat – Hot dogs, Icelandic people LOVE hot dogs


Lake Titicaca, Peru

See – The floating Uros Islands

Do – Ride in style on a traditional reed boat

Eat – Cuy, also known as guinea pig. It’s a traditional dish in Peru and worth a try.


Algarve, Portugal

See – The crystal waters of Lagos

Do – Head to the Benagil sea cave by boat to explore and swim on the stunning sunlit dome

Eat – Fresh olives, seafood and one of Portugal’s divine orange wines


Budapest, Hungary

See – The Fisherman’s Bastion, a stunning, all white, neo-Gothic building with soaring towers

Do – Rest your weary bones in the Széchenyi Thermal Baths

Eat – Chicken Paprikash, as the name suggest it’s heavy on paprika but also heavy on that warm fuzzy comfort feeling


Marrakech, Morocco

See –  The Bahia Palace, an ornate 19th century palace with plenty of Insta-worthy Moroccan tiled walls

Do – Practice your bartering in the bustling and vibrant souks

Eat – A slow-cooked, zesty tagine washed down with some mint tea



How many of these destinations have you seen and where is next for you?


Kate Webster is a travel journalist – writer and photographer who travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the places she visits. Born out of a life-long love of travel and fascination with the world around her, is Kate’s inspiration behind her writing and photography.