Fancy a Latino-style Valentine’s Day? Norwegian Airlines will launch its first route to South America on February 14, with a new direct flight from Gatwick to Buenos Aires. Watch a sensual tango in this vibrant capital, enjoy the thunderous Iguazu Falls or venture to remote Patagonia for close encounters with penguins.
Fans of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein should head to Lake Geneva next year – as 2018 marks 200 years since the publication of the horror story. The idea for the iconic book was borne from a challenge posed by Lord Byron during a holiday on the shores of this beautiful Swiss lake.
The South American gem will celebrate 200 years of independence next year. With its deserts, fjords and the spectacular Andes mountains, it’s little wonder this country topped the prestigious Lonely Planet Best In Travel list for 2018. New non-stop flights also means it’s easier than ever to reach.
Expect big celebrations in Mauritius next year, as March 12 2018 marks 50 years of independence, following more than 300 years of colonial rule by the Dutch, the French and the British. New connections to witness these past glories include Air Mauritius and KLM’s service from Amsterdam
This mountainous isle in the Med will be easier to access than ever, thanks to new direct flights from the UK with the country’s national carrier, Air Corsica. It is the first time the airline has scheduled flights in the UK – and its nine weekly flights out of London Stansted will take off in May.
On the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the Great War came to an end. 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of this historic moment, when the Armistice finally brought an end to four years’ fighting. The battlefields of Northern France will play host to commemorations throughout the year.
Valletta, the tiny capital of this Mediterranean island, is poised to embark on its run as European Capital of Culture for 2018. Expect film festivals, contemporary art shoes and pop in this laid-back destination filled with sea, sunshine and beautiful beaches.
Come February, all eyes will be upon South Korea – and the city of Pyeongchang in particular – as it hosts the Olympic Winter Games. Some 90 nations will take part, garnering plenty of attention to the landscapes and culture of this beautiful country. In Seoul, the recently-opened Lotte World Tower is now the country’s tallest building.
The world’s largest country will be in the spotlight next year as it plays host to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Russian Embassy has waived visa fees to fans attending the matches. Beyond football, this is a culturally rich destination with everything from idyllic countryside to historic cities to explore.
2018 will see the launch of Nelson Mandela Centenary 2018: Be the Legacy. The official programme of events – some sporting, others devoted to the arts – will honour the legendary leader, who would have turned 100 next year.
As if you need any more tempting to visit the tropical archipelago where Wills and Kate had their honeymoon, now British Airways is making it even easier. From March 24, it will be the only airline to fly directly from the UK, with a twice-weekly service between London and Mahé. A host of hotels will open to coincide with this, including the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island
2018 will mark 150 years since the end of the Edo Period and the last era of feudal rule in Japan. The country is now more accessible than ever for UK tourists, thanks to a host of direct flights from Western Europe with carriers including Air France and KLM. Japan Airlines has also recently announced flight increases from London to Tokyo.
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