The top 3 travel destinations for 2018

At the start of every year, experts from across the globe come up with definitive lists that are pointed at readers excited about upcoming trends. So it is with travel, and this list spans continents while urging travelers to explore newer locations and cuisine, experience new cultures and look at the world from a fresh perspective. While there is no dearth of destinations around the world, the following definitely warrant your attention.

CHILE

Chile has often been overlooked by travelers in favor of its neighbors like Peru and Argentina. But this year, Chile seems poised to change things up. This long and thin slice of South America offers enough variety with the up-and-coming cosmopolitan capital of Santiago, the excellent wines of Maipo Valley, the eccentric charms of Valparaiso and varied landscapes across the Atacama Desert, Easter Island, and Chilean Patagonia.

With the recent expansion of the Teniente Julio Gallardo Airport in Puerto  Natales, travelers now have access to Chile’s most popular destinations, especially Torres del Paine National Park. LATAM offers a seasonal roster (from December to March) to Puerto Natales, a tiny city that is a one-hour drive away from Torres del Paine. This provides a significant decrease in travel time — the other airport worth mention in the region is located in Punta Arenas, around four-hour drive away from the national park.

MONTENEGRO

A tiny nation that shares a border with Croatia, Montenegro offers an authentic Balkan experience with lesser crowds than its more (in)famous neighbor. The country’s coastline remains its best feature, with its long stretches of coastal roads amid a mountain-meets-ocean scenery creating the perfect backdrop for an ultimate road trip. Sleepy seaside towns are aplenty on the way by the Bay of Kotor - home to rustic eateries and quaint hotels, while the quintessential red rooftops of the Adriatic can be found in the walled city of Kotor.

A bit more down south, and you reach the popular resort town of Budva, known for its sandy beaches and bustling nightlife. Podgorica, Montenegro’s no-frill capital, won’t be of much interest, but only for those interested in Soviet-era architecture. A much anticipated opening of The Chedi Lustica Bay, GHM’s second luxury hotel in Europe with the hugely popular Chedi Andermatt is slated for the summer of 2018, eagerly awaited by the hotel enthusiast crowd.

NASHVILLE

Long popular with music fans — home to iconic sites like the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, now the capital of Tennessee is establishing its presence as a thriving art and food scene as well. Home to numerous contemporary art galleries and known for beautiful street art Nashville is to further cement its presence in the art world by hosting the international art fair Art Nashville in October 2018.

Apart from art and music, the emerging food scene in Nashville is in itself worth a visit in 2018. Hot chicken, the city’s most iconic dish has turned so popular that inspired versions are popping up on restaurant menus across the country. The original fiery, deep fried, cayenne-smothered goodness though is best sampled at two legendary area institutions: Prince’s and Hattie B’s. But Nashville isn’t just about hot chicken or southern staples. Of particular note is celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan’s namesake restaurant that serves up Indian fare and local craft beer.

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