The Most Popular Places to Visit in 2018

1. Costa Rica

2. Colombia

Colombia has everything. Everything! This insanely beautiful country, once considered one of the most dangerous places in the world to visit has done a total one-eighty and is ready to stun you with all of its hidden gems. Guatape, Cartagena, Medellin, Las Lajas, La Macarena, San Gil, the Coffee Region, the options are endless. You can spend years in this country and not see it all! Plus, you will find some of the best nightlife in the world. Beautiful days and amazing nights, what more can you ask for? There is really no bad time of year to visit Colombia, so why not take advantage of warmer temperatures during the cold month of February?

3. Spain

Spain made our list because it offers a unique blend of several world cultures. Where else in the world can you visit ancient Roman ruins, Egyptian temples, incredible mosques and the grand cathedrals Europe is famous for? In addition, you can hit the beach or spend your days hiking mountains. March is the perfect time to visit this southern European country when the temperatures are usually perfect and the crowds are small. One added bonus? Spain knows how to party! Don’t forget to plan in some time to just chill and enjoy the Spanish lifestyle.

4. Czech Republic

Think fairy tale, think the Czech Republic! This country is straight out of your favorite storybook. Prague, the stunningly beautiful capital city, is only the start. Explore castles, soak in the awesome scenery and learn a little about the rich history and fascinating traditions of different regions throughout the country, once the center of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. As an added plus, enjoy delicious food and some of the best beer in the world. April is the perfect time to visit when crowds are low and the weather is mild.

5. Maldives

6. Tanzania

7. Canada

The sheer size of Canada means you will have endless corners to explore. What we love about Canada though is its mix of raw, natural beauty and unique cities. From coast to coast, this country has something to offer everyone. Get outside and take in all beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountains have to offer or spend your days exploring historic cities like Quebec City and Montreal, in the east, or Victoria and Vancouver Island, in the west, which make you feel like you are in Europe. In the summer months, Canada offers more mild temperatures than many of its U.S. or European counterparts, making it a terrific time of year to visit.

8. Mongolia

9. Malta

Malta is often overlooked by European tourists, but it shouldn’t be. This small country in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea arguably offers more than other, more popular Mediterranean destinations. Don’t miss out on the rich history of Valletta, nor the opportunity to visit the stunning blue lagoon. If you are a diver, you will be amazed by the wonderful underwater options available to you just off Malta’s coasts. September in Malta means the ocean still has warm temperatures, but you get the opportunity to miss the dead heat of summer.

10. Nepal

The Nepalese Government recently declared 2018 the “Visit Nepal Year” and for good reason. Nepal has had a rough few years, dealing with a number of tremendous natural disasters. To bounce back, Nepal needs tourism and it deserves it. Nepal has some of the best trekking you will find anywhere in the world and is really a backpacker’s dream country. The prices are cheap, the culture is rich and the scenery is breathtaking. In October, you will be welcomed with clear skies and great temperatures, perfect for long mountain hikes.

11. Senegal

Senegal tops the list of West African destinations, mostly for its friendly people, unbeatable nightlife, and cool destinations. This country is also one of Africa’s safest and most peaceful countries. Enjoy the fun of Dakar, the vibrant capital city; see history up close and personal with a trip to Goree Island, where you will come face to face with the horrific impacts of slavery; and take a day to check out the Pink Lake. November is the best time to visit Senegal, when the temperatures are mild and the rainy season has passed.

Source: backpackertravel

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