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January is a great time to start planning your 2018 vacation. While it may be easy just to take another trip back to the same vacation spot as last year, the world has so many exciting places to see. Travelers today can experience so much more of what the world has to offer and here’s a peek at seven best destinations in the new year.

 

Local Spots

Santa Fe, New Mexico: This city was recently named one of the best cities in the world for foodies and travelers by Travel + Leisure. Santa Fe is home nearly 300 art galleries including the third largest art market in the United States. Travelers will love the city due to its legendary history, fantastic cuisine, diverse visual arts, and pristine nature.

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Sports lovers should head over to Minneapolis this year. The city is holding both the Super Bowl and Summer X Games (extreme sporting event) this upcoming year. Minneapolis is more than just a cold and snowy city, it’s home to a thriving art scene, great outdoor culture and affordable prices.

Siesta Beach, Florida: For those who want a warmer vacation, the Siesta Beach is the perfect place to be. This city is known for its super soft sand, which is 99 percent pure crushed quartz. Aside from the gorgeous beach and bay. Siesta Key is home to museums, art, opera, ballet, theater and much more.

 

International Destinations

Banff, Alberta: From hiking to skiing and whitewater rafting, Banff has many year-round outdoor activities. Banff is also home to the world’s third-oldest national park and offers stunning natural beauty.

San Sebastian, Spain: The city is home to fabulous food, cityside beaches, glorious mountains more. Travelers will love La Concha Beach, one of the best city beaches in Europe, which is located right in San Sebastian.

Phuket, Thailand: Phuket is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand due to its cheap accommodations, clear water beaches, and offshore islands. The city is known for its adorable services, which include massages, hair styling, manicures and more.

Copenhagen, Denmark: Denmark’s capital has seen 80 percent more travel in the past decades. The city is buzzing due to its friendly townies, fantastic foods and endless things to do and see.  

 

Whether you want a close-up look at history, heart-stopping adventure, or the perfect meal, these are the seven best destinations to discover in 2018.

 
Paul Deloughery is an law insurance dispute consultant and avid traveler. Check out his latest Travel blog or visit his Twitter!