Uncovering The Best Of Travel In 2018

2018 was a fantastic year for travel! From the rise of experiential travel to the embrace of new forms of accommodation including everything from treehouse hotels to boat stays. Modern travellers are more open to new experiences and new ways of defining travel. To recap the best of travel from 2018, we curated a hand-picked list of top travel stays, experiences and destinations based on their popularity amongst our clients and the travel world in general. This list features everything from shopping destinations to incredible beach escapes to cities bursting at the seams with cultural sights. Read on to learn more about the best of travel from 2018.

Best Stays

Winner: The Claughton House in Dikwella, Sri Lanka

The Claughton House is a spectacular villa overlooking the picturesque surf of Kudawella Bay on the Southern Shores of Sri Lanka. It was designed by one of Sri Lanka’s preeminent architect, Geoffrey Bawa who successfully blended the stunning coastline with elegance and luxury to create a truly stunning beach house!

Runner-ups:

  1. The Khyber Himalayan Resort Spa in Gulmarg, India
  2. Treehotel in Harads, Sweden
  3. Suján Jawai Camp in Jawai Bandh, India
  4. Four Seasons Resort in Koh Samui, Thailand

Best Travel Experiences

Winner: The Great Wildebeests Migration

The Great Migration sees over 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras and a host of other antelope travelling from Serengeti and Tanzania to Maasai Mara in Kenya in search of fresh and green pasture. The Great Migration is the largest overland migration in the world and experiencing this phenomenon first-hand is a memory you’ll cherish forever!

Runner-ups:

  1. Diving with Humpback whales in Reunion, Mauritius
  2. Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Kochi, India
  3. Christmas markets in Munich, Germany
  4. Japanese tea ceremony in Tokyo, Japan

Most Affordable Travel Destinations

Winner: Montreal, Canada

Montreal is a cosmopolitan hub of history, art and city life. With its strong French influence, it offers a European fix without an expensive flight. The streets and buildings of Montreal are a projection of the 375-year history of the city. Montreal is rich in public art and local festivals all year round and offers a wide range of budget-friendly attractions.

Runner-ups:

  1. Thailand
  2. Morocco
  3. Fiji
  4. Greece

Best Culinary Destinations

Winner: Shanghai, China

Shanghai, the Oriental Paris, is China’s biggest and most prosperous city. Shanghai is China’s hidden culinary gem with a wide range of savours for the day and night. It offers unique little treats for each meal from breakfast dumplings to authentic local dishes like hot pot for supper. The enigmatic city of Shanghai has a burst of rich and traditional Chinese flavours to offer!

Runner-ups:

  1. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  2. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  3. Bologna, Italy
  4. Capetown, South Africa

Best Shopping Destinations

Winner: Milan, Italy

Milan is the birthplace of fashion imbibed with a strong Italian influence making it the Fashion Capital of the world. The fashion ranges from upscale shopping districts to a wide range of retail options for all styles and budgets. Milan is not only the top destination for luxurious shopping as it is home to some of the leading fashion brands but is also a great destination for those who want to shop on a budget!

Runner-ups:

  1. Dubai, UAE
  2. Paris, France
  3. New York, USA
  4. Berlin, Germany

Best Destinations For City Lovers

Winner: Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is one of the top destinations for every city lover. Its fast-paced lifestyle ensures a wide range of culture and entertainment. While most major cities operate on a 10 am – 8 pm basis with shops starting late and closing just after work hours, Japan is truly 24/7. This means all-night restaurants, convenience stores, manga cafes, game centres and more! It’s like one giant playground, just waiting to be discovered.

Runner-ups:

  1. Paris, France
  2. Istanbul, Turkey
  3. Barcelona, Spain
  4. London, United Kingdom

Best Countries For Nature Lovers

Winner: Croatia

Croatia is one of the best-known natural wonders of the world. Its filled with numerous national parks such as Plitvice, Krka and Mljet, all nurtured with rushing waterfalls and lush green trees. It is a wonderland of sound and sight consisting of numerous lakes, each of which appears to be a different shade of turquoise. All of the national parks are rich in flora and fauna and make a great spot for a hike.

Runner-ups:

  1. Iceland
  2. New Zealand
  3. Ireland
  4. Finland

Best Destinations For History Lovers

Winner: Hoi An, Vietnam

The ancient town of Hoi An is a unique heritage site. The town reflects a fusion of indigenous and foreign cultures that have combined to produce this well-planned town. It remains complete as a homogenous complex of traditional wooden buildings. The living heritage reflects the diverse communities of the indigenous habitants of the town and foreigners, which has been preserved and continues to be passed on. Thus, being one of the top locations for history lovers.

Runner-ups:

  1. Florence, Italy
  2. Rajasthan, India
  3. Athens, Greece
  4. Cairo, Egypt

Best Beach Destinations

Winner: Positano, Italy

Positano is one of the most popular beach destinations with its glamorous, celebrity-packed beaches, breathtakingly gorgeous seascapes, and boutique-filled historic centres. All of the beaches are ideal picture postcard material filled with a string of restaurants and bars. Positano offers several beaches, each of which serves a different purpose. There are beaches for those who are searching for a more peaceful getaway, along with beaches with multiple social activities and water sports.

Runner-ups:

  1. Andamans, India
  2. Santorini, Greece
  3. Bali, Indonesia
  4. Nice, France

Best Travel Destinations For 2019

Winner: Australia

Australia is a wild and beautiful place, a land whose colour palette of red outback sands and technicolour reefs frames sophisticated cities and soulful Indigenous stories! From the world-famous Great Barrier Reef to the vineyards scattered across the country, to Sydney’s sprawling beaches, Australia has something to offer every type of traveller.

Runner-ups:

  1. Sri Lanka
  2. South Africa
  3. Singapore
  4. Italy

Get in touch with us to book a bespoke trip to one of these amazing destinations! Call us at 24927575 or email us info@destinationsunplugged.com.

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