A new year is upon us and it’s time to start thinking about the latest travel trends for 2018. From destinations to apps, take a peek at our round-up of the best in travel, and look forward to an exciting year of adventure…
Amazing views, warm climes and fantastic culture… welcome to Montenegro. As well as Montenegro, you could include trips to Dubrovnik and the stunning Adriatic Coast, meaning you can tick multiple locations from your bucket list.
Got loads of stuff and a tiny suitcase? Try a CaseTidy and watch your packing worries melt away. The contraption works by fitting in your suitcase with useful sections for clothes, toiletries, shoes and electronics. Once you’ve reached your destination, there’s no need for unpacking, as the CaseTidy can be easily lifted from its case and stored in your room – simple!
This Spanish city is awash with art, landmarks and unique cuisine, making it an ideal short break destination for the new year. Be sure to check out the iconic Metropol Parasol and take a “coast to country” excursion to Jerez and Cadiz. As night time falls, enjoy an evening of Flamenco dancing or sit back and taste the varying flavours of traditional tapas.
Keep track of exactly where you’ve been in the world this year with a little help from a trusty scratch map. How many countries have you visited? If you’re more focused on one particular area e.g. Italy, you can buy them for specific countries, too. Warning: scratch maps are addictive and will make you want to travel even more!
Packed with culture, history and tasty food, Warsaw is a must-visit destination in 2018. Stroll through the quaint Old Town and experience a slice of the high life with upscale restaurants and the grand Royal Castle, or wander the back streets for traditional street food and awe-inspiring museums.
Learn the art of a whole new language with Duolingo. With its bright colours and helpful staged approach, it’s easy to gain confidence and secure a new skill quickly. The hard part? Choosing which language you’ll be fluent in first!
Enjoy a bit of Scandi-chic with a trip to ultra-trendy Oslo. The capital of Norway has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with plenty of museums and interesting landmarks offering more to tourists of the area. Be sure to try some delicious seafood while you’re there too; it’s the freshest you’ll ever taste!
Dark Sky App
Weather-obsessed? Try the Dark Sky app for the most hyperlocal forecasts around. Fight the fear of rain by going out and about with the trusty app that’ll tell you exactly when it’s going to rain… yes, really. The app also delivers happier news (sun, a refreshing breeze etc), so you can crack on with your day well-equipped with all the weather knowledge you could ever want.
It’s official… Valletta is the European Capital of Culture 2018, and it’s easy to see why. The tiny capital of Malta is packed with historical sites, and when UNESCO named Valletta a World Heritage Site, it was described as ‘one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world’. Highlights include the National Museum of Archaeology and the awe-inspiring St John’s Co-Cathedral.
These handy little bags are the perfect travel companion. Whether you’re wanting to use them as a drinks pouch for a youngster or as a carrier for shower gel, Doddle Bags comply with the ‘under 100g’ restrictions on hand-luggage liquids, meaning you can enjoy a stress-free trip.
If you often find yourself gazing at the clouds while on your travels, try CloudSpotter. As you spot more varieties of cloud (which you can document within the app), you’ll be rewarded with Stars and Achievements which you unlock as you go. There’s even a competitive element to it, as you’ll be joining thousands of other avid CloudSpotters around the globe!