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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

5 of 2018's Best Vacation Destinations

Each year experts look at the world's destinations to choose the most overlooked places that should be on your list. Whether they are affordable, tourist-low, or have awesome landmarks that you must see on your travels, these 5 destinations are amazing, fun and worth a trip in 2018. 

Put some new stamps in your passport and find new places to spend your vacation days. Even if you don't get to them this year, do get to them.

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Argentina and Peru have been on the top of lists for decades, but Machu Picchu is crowded with tourists and hiking, while Chile is cosmopolitan, charming, historical and has a killer wine region. With the addition of a new airport expansion, traveling the region is much more convenient. Pack your dancing shoes and your hiking shoes, because you can do all the awesome stuff you can do in other destinations all in one trip. 

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While not large, Montenegro offers big fun and luxury, which you can get in bordering Croatia, but with smaller crowds. Enjoy the mountains and the beach in one vacation, along with cool road trips full of tiny seaside towns, boutique hotels and shops, plus awesome nightlife. 

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Known mostly for producing the majority of country music superstars, Nashville might surprise you as being a metropolitan city with so much more to offer besides Taylor Swift and the Dixie Chicks. Did you know that it is also the hometown of Kesha? It’s true! You’ll find amazing southern history around Nashville, including Civil War plantations. These grandiose homes are both awe-inspiring and educational. There’s no better way to learn about significant times in American history than to go right to the source. You can top off your days with down-home southern meals out and a vibrant nightlife full of all types of music.

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Climate change is rapidly impacting some destinations, including Madagascar, so you're going to want to visit it sooner rather than later. This island is one of the most bio-diverse on earth. You'll see the largest selections of animals, get eco-conscious education, and enjoy some of the best photos you'll ever take on vacation. Make sure you go snorkeling in the clear blue waters of Nosy Be, see the lemurs and even admire the majesty of the Baobab trees.

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Caribbean vacations are evolving and now Haiti is becoming more popular. Though it's often overlooked, and people still remember the devastation of the country a few years ago, but the unpolished and wildness of it is what makes it so appealing. It's not a place you're going to go and have a big city sightseeing vacation. Discover the land and all it has to offer on your own or on an organized group tour. You'll find gorgeous mountainsides, bustling cities and almost deserted beaches. 

Runner up: Oregon coast

I may be a little biased, but the Oregon Coast is super beautiful and is virtually tourist-free outside of the summer. Of course, it's also pretty cool year-round and requires covering up a bit more instead of donning your swimsuit. The seaside towns of Oregon have some funky attractions, like the Undersea Gardens, Ripley's: Believe It Or Not?, the West Coast Game Safari Park, and the Prehistoric Gardens. If you're looking to visit in the Summer, know that Portland is one of the top family vacation destinations. And the beach is only 90 minutes away!

Where will you be traveling in 2018?

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