Are you already looking for travel inspiration for your 2018 holidays?
Travel has never been more accessible and now is the time to experience some of the most iconic attractions in the world. If you have a bucket-list of destinations you’ve always wanted to experience, why not make 2018 the year that you make your travel dreams a reality and say yes to some new adventures!
Travel can be both transformative and inspiring and as the saying goes “the only trip you’ll regret is the one you don’t take”.
Here are 7 incredible once-in-a-lifetime locations that are sure to satisfy your wanderlust...
1. India - An Iconic Destination
India is definitely top of the list for many people as a once-in-a-lifetime holiday experience. It’s one of the most visually stunning and magical places on the planet. Home to more than one billion people, its ancient culture, mysticism, architectural marvels and outstanding natural beauty offers an extraordinary experience. From the spice markets and bustle of traditional India to the golden beaches of Goa, a trip to India is a mesmerising mix of stark contrasts all the way.
Must-See Highlight: No trip to India is complete without visiting the Taj Mahal. The iconic marble ivory-white mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra was commissioned back in 1632 and is one of the world’s most famous landmarks and masterpieces. Millions of tourists from all over the world visit this famous Islamic tomb every year – will you be one of them?
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2. Fast-Moving China - Oriental adventure, Ancient past
China is the pinnacle of forward-thinking and development when it comes to technology but it also has one of the most fascinating ancient and complex histories of any country in the world. It’s an incredible place to visit to witness centuries of history and deep-rooted traditions and see the astounding growth of its main cities.
Must-See Highlight: The Great Wall of China is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and will really complete your visit to China. This man-made architectural marvel dates back more than 2,000 years and has to be seen and experienced to be believed. It’s an extraordinary place and an extraordinary experience.
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3. Argentina and Brazil - South America's Most Vibrant Countries
If you’re thinking about South America, a great way to get a true ‘bucket-list’ experience is to combine a trip to both Brazil and Argentina. The seductive intensity of Argentina can be found in its fútbol, tango, the mighty Andes and beautiful Buenos Aires. The Carnival capital of the world, Brazil is a must-visit, especially Rio de Janeiro at night – excitement and energy are guaranteed.
Must-See Highlight: The giant statue of Christ the Redeemer at the Corcovado Mountain in Brazil overlooks Rio de Janeiro and the 98 foot Art Deco design took 9 years to construct. Today you can get to the statue with ease with the help of escalators and elevators if you don’t fancy the walk – views from the top are spectacular and a visit to this country just has to include the ascent to one of the world’s most photographed statues.
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4. Mexico –Aztec and Mayan Empires and Sandy Beaches
Mexico shouldn’t be forgotten when thinking of top choices for travel in 2018. A holiday here can range from the white sandy beaches of Cancun or Tulum to a totally different experience, taking in the history of ancient civilizations and cultures. Mexico truly is a magical destination.
Must-See Highlight: The culture of the Mayan civilizations, particularly at the Chichen Itza World Heritage site is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The ruins and massive step pyramid of El Castillor or the Temple of Kukulcan dominate the ancient city on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and are at their most captivating when beautifully illuminated at night.
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5. USA - From Route 66 to Caribbean Cruises
From epic road trips like Route 66 and sunshine breaks in California and the Golden West Coast, to seeing New England in the Fall and snowy Alaska on an ocean cruise, the USA is a bucket-list of choices in itself.
Must-See Highlight: Drive from East to West across 8 states on Route 66, taking in Chicago, Las Vegas, and LA and take in the biggest highlight of them all – the Grand Canyon. The stuff of movies, the Grand Canyon is a staggering assault on the senses due to its sheer scale and Grand Canyon National Park is the perfect setting to explore the sight of millions of years of geological history, especially at sunrise and sunset.
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6. South Africa – Garden Route, Safari and Vineyards
If you’re planning a special holiday in 2018, South Africa is a must for any bucket-list and the experience lingers long after any visit. Kariega National Park is a must-see if you want to take in a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience and the Western Cape offers lush winelands, vast beaches, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope and the world-famous Garden Route beneath the landmark of Table Mountain.
Must-See Highlight: A visit to a game reserve in search of the ‘Big Five’ animals is a real contrast to the coastal views of the Garden Route; vineyards and wine-tastings at Stellenbosch and the buzz of Cape Town. Take a walk on the wild side and book an African Safari, as it will get you up close to some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet if you’re lucky enough to spot them. You’ll see an array of magical animals in the company of skilled rangers and will hopefully tick the ‘Big Five’ off your list with a glimpse of elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards and buffalo.
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7. Combine Australia and New Zealand
If you have extended time off and are thinking of long-haul travel, doubling-up on a trip to Australia and New Zealand is a great way to get value for money. You can fit in stop-overs to Hong Kong and Singapore to make it the ultimate trip of a lifetime.
Must-See Highlight: There is so much choice when it comes to travelling in Australia and New Zealand from tours of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House to watching the sun rise over Ayres Rock and the highlights of Queenstown, Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand. However, nothing will beat the highlight of snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef – the colour, silence, intensity and the close-up experience of the marvel of nature at its best is an overwhelming experience and a reminder of the fragility of our increasingly vulnerable planet.
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Make your bucket-list dreams a reality…
Travel has never been more accessible – make 2018 the year you see some of the most iconic attractions in the world
Travel Department has been serving the Irish travel market for over 20 years and offers over 100 destinations worldwide. Their holidays are fully escorted, which means that they include return flights, hotel accommodation, guided transfers and expert local guides for all excursions that are included in the holiday. These holidays are truly great value and are competitively priced. If this has inspired you to learn more, visit www.traveldepartment.ie where you can learn more about your trip of a lifetime.
Hear what some of our customers have to say…
Margaret travelled to India
“Our tour guide informed us on Indian culture and the history of the country to a very high standard …..he was top class and added to the holiday experience.”
Anne travelled to South Africa
"Just back from the holiday of a life time. Be ready for a whirlwind of South African culture, history and sight-seeing while staying in some of the most wonderful hotels, we whale watched and the safaris were something else with our wonderful guide.”
Edwin travelled to China
"I had a superb holiday - luxurious hotels, professional guides, well organized travel plans & visits to the many sights. I couldn't be more praiseworthy about our guide, friendly, knowledgeable, respectable, friendly and helpful."