A new year brings with it a whole new list of plans—and for the intrepid traveler, a whole new list of places to visit. 2018 is no different: Economies and tourism are flourishing in far-flung locales that travelers rarely considered previously, while beloved but forgotten destinations are experiencing sudden cultural resurgences. It all makes for a whole world’s worth of destinations to consider—from South American cities on the cusp of becoming culinary meccas to landlocked African countries that boast surprising waterfront views, to revamped classics closer to home. Here, 13 places travel experts recommend adding to your list for 2018 and beyond.
“Buenos Aires has always been a late-to-bed city where dinner can go into the wee hours and tango dancing can last until dawn. It’s a city that’s festive and artistic—so it’s a natural choice as the first Art Basel partner city. The contemporary art fair, which spurred a whole scene in Miami, is set to take over this Latin American capital in September of 2018. Plan to be there, maté in hand, as the festivities unfold.”
—Maria Hart, editor, Oyster.com
“While all eyes are on Argentina’s rising culinary and arts capital of Buenos Aires, I’m most excited about under-the-radar happenings in the country’s vast north. In February, Awasi Iguazú is slated to open with 14 villas in northeast Argentina. Each booking will include a private guide to the area, totally reimagining what travel to Iguazú Falls will entail. In the northwest, Salta is emerging as an adventure-travel and oenophile haven. It’s an area so far off the beaten path that Argentines themselves seldom visit. Flush with serene desert landscapes and perfect for summer road trips, experiences include high-altitude llama trekking to salt flats with Say Hueque, horse riding at historical fincas like House of Jasmines, hikes to the country’s newly-discovered rock art galleries with Autentica Salta, and luxe stays at properties like Grace Cafayate, which is known for producing the country’s famed Torrontes, a high altitude white wine varietal that’s incredibly refreshing.”