For most British people the name Coventry evokes a time when the city was almost entirely destroyed during the Second World War Coventry blitz. But despite its sometimes depressing 1960s architecture, Coventry has been named the UK City of Culture for 2021 by The Independent, which will likely bring new life to the city and encourage its already burgeoning local arts scene.
Say what? Boise? Chances are you’ve never even heard of it and yet, Boise, the capital of the US state of Idaho, made Travel + Leisure‘s ‘50 Best Places to Visit in 2018’. The city’s dynamic craft beer scene, growing wine industry and lively downtown have apparently made Boise a place to check out in the coming year.
If Djibouti has made the news in recent years, it’s often been from negative press voicing concerns over the country’s human rights abuses. Despite this, Lonely Planet lists Djibouti’s ‘intoxicating culture, beckoning beaches and incredible whale shark diving’ as just a few of the reasons to visit it.
A volcanic island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, St Helena is best known as the place where Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile. Until this year, the island could only be accessed by ship but after the opening of what has been called ‘the world’s most useless airport’, you can reach the quirky isle more easily.
When it comes to Northern England, Newcastle is often overlooked for nearby Manchester. However, the city centre has undergone a major redevelopment in recent years and the local arts and cultural scenes are very much alive. It’s no surprise that Newcastle will be hosting the Great Exhibition of the North in the summer of 2018 to showcase the best art and innovation from Northern England.
Just a few years ago, Sierra Leone was mostly in the news for the devastating Ebola epidemic which ravaged the country. These days, travellers are once again visiting the West African region, which boasts stunning wildlife (at the Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary) and a rich food culture.
Though tensions with South Korea’s northern neighbour may be running high, don’t let that deter you from visiting this amazing country. In cities like Seoul, you’ll be able to discover the nation’s traditional culture including its cuisine, which has been very much en vogue in recent years. There’s even more to explore outside the capital city—the country has stunning mountain scenery and exotic islands.
Until recently, Jordan has only been on the radar of the savviest travellers, but Rough Guides predicts that this is about to change. Considered one of the top destinations for adventure travellers thanks to its rugged terrain and stunning scenery, Jordan is also rich in history and culture. And while most tourists are put off by political unrest in the area, Jordan is very safe. Book your travel plans in 2018 before the crowds start coming.
Located at the intersection of Europe and Asia, Georgia has long been the gateway to the Caucasus Mountains. These days, the country’s capital, Tbilisi, is becoming a destination all on its own thanks to its vibrant nightlife, historic city centre and cultural heritage. It also has a thriving food scene with plenty of cool cafés and trendy restaurants to choose from.
Move over Bali, 2018 is apparently the year of the Togian Islands for travellers wanting to visit Indonesia. According to Rough Guides, the Togian Islands are a haven of peace and quiet compared to other Indonesian cities ‘with no internet, patchy phone reception and sporadic electricity’.
Taking advantage of recent cheap flights, many travellers from England are opting to spend a few days in the sun in order to avoid the country’s infamous British weather. For those willing to tolerate soaring temperatures, Wales has much to offer in terms of epic scenery and adventure. The Wales Way is a trio of routes which can accessed by car, bike or foot and take you through the heart of Wales, including spots like Cardigan Bay and the Brecon Beacons.