The Top Destinations for Young Travellers in 2018 Are...

Leaping whale in Iceland | © YanceTAY / Pixabay
Leaping whale in Iceland | © YanceTAY / Pixabay
Photo of Alex Jordan
Travel Expert3 January 2018

Looking for 2018 travel inspiration? Then check out this list of top destinations for young travellers, including Iceland, Sri Lanka and Guatemala.

Young? Check. Blank passport? Check. Hungry for adventure? Check. Hostel-booking platform Hostelworld has scoured 2017 booking data to uncover the hottest destinations for 2018.

Here’s the full list:

1. Iceland

Scale volcanoes, skirt around geysers, swim in hot springs and marvel at lava fields in Iceland’s otherworldly landscapes.

2. Israel

“2017 saw people flocking to Israel with bookings up 64% to this country that seamlessly blends the ancient and the modern.”

3. Scotland

“With its stunning landscapes, Scotland slides into the top 18 most popular global destinations for any UK resident looking to travel closer to home.”

Scotland | © Thomas Tucker / Unsplash

4. Croatia

Dubrovnik’s 16th-century Old Town continues to attract fans of the Game of Thrones series.

5. Vietnam

This Southeast Asian treasure’s awesome landscapes are irresistible to those seeking adventure.

6. South Africa

Cool Cape Town, gritty Johannesburg and awe-inspiring safaris will keep you coming back for more.

Table mountain illuminated at dusk with the cityscape of Cape Town | © A G Baxter/Shutterstock

7. Spain

“Retaining its spot as the most visited destination for the second year, Spain has the perfect combination of quiet villages and party capitals.”

8. USA

“Climbing one place from five to four when looking at global bookings, America continues to be a popular destination for global travellers.”

9. Colombia

Three of the world’s most vibrant cities in Bogotá, Cartagena and Medellín will keep party-hungry travellers entertained.

Colombia | © Ignacio Ramírez Torrado / Flickr

10. Sri Lanka

Once considered a no-go because of warring factions, a more united Sri Lanka is topping many people’s lists in 2018.

11. Thailand

“The first port of call on many a Southeast Asian voyage of personal discovery, Thailand is number three in global bookings growing in popularity every year.”

12. Philippines

From the white beaches of Boracay to the Chocolate Hills of Bohol, there’s so much to explore across this awesome archipelago.

Manila is the vibrant capital of the Philippines as well as its cultural and economic heart / Pixabay

13. Nicaragua

“Bookings to this paradise soared 87% in the last year as word spread amongst travellers looking for something new.”

14. Guatemala

With its ancient Mayan temples, colonial churches and nature reserves, often overlooked Guatemala will come into its own in 2018.

15. Cambodia

Temples, temples and more temples. If you love ancient cultures then Cambodia needs to be on your bucket list.

Bayon Temple, Cambodia | © TAMVISUT / Shutterstock

16. Nepal

“Following the devastating earthquake in 2015, the Nepal-Tibet border is once again open to travellers.”

17. Mexico

Beaches, reefs, Aztec ruins and the hustle and bustle of Mexico City. What more could you want from a North American adventure?

18. Portugal

“Lisbon is the home of hostels – their unique blend of nightlife, passion and a love of life has lead people to feel like they’ve come home even if they’ve never visited before.”

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