National Geographic Announces Its Must-See Destinations For 2018

By Izza Sofia, 05 Dec 2017

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Every year, National Geographic draws up a list of the best trips to make over the next twelve months.

From Ethiopia to Georgia, and from Ireland to Chile, these finest sights have been handpicked by its editors to keep us stocked up on wanderlust for the whole of 2018.

Check out some of the incredible destinations below.

Harar, Ethopia

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Ethiopia’s Harar has been hailed as “the most surprising city in East Africa” by the magazine.

Recognized as the fourth holy city of Islam by UNESCO, the colorful streets of Harar are home to more than 110 mosques and many more shrines. The city is also known for its high-quality coffee and khat, a flowering plant containing an amphetamine-like stimulant said to cause euphoria. 

Another pull to the area: hyenas. According to National Geographic, the city welcomes crowds of hungry hyenas that are given spare food scraps by the city.

Canyons of Jujuy, Argentinia

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Next up is the Argentinian province of Jujuy, found in the deep north-west of the country and home to the mountain valley of Quebrada de Humahuaca. 

The deep canyon is surrounded by beautiful peaks, dominated by groups of menacing cacti. In the southern region of Purmamarca, you will find the Seven Color Hill, called so—unsurprisingly—for its layers of colored sediment that give off evolving tones of yellow, red, purples and greens. 

Cosmopolitan Tbilisi, Georgia

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For a more cosmopolitan break, the Georgian capital of Tbilisi has made the cut for its authentic charms. On the menu: long sulfur dips at one of the city’s many public baths, plump khinkali spiced meat dumplings and legendary local hospitality. 

A swing around Tbilisi’s rapidly developing centre will give you a look at stunning architecture, including Persian, Arab, Byzantine, Ottoman and Russian influences. 

Oaxaca, Mexico

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Finally, inspiration-hungry travelers have been encouraged to give Oaxaca a visit. Situated around 470 km from the Mexico capital, the city is mostly recognized for its ‘Day of the Dead’ celebrations, which honor deceased family members and friends. 

Oaxaca has so much to offer the rest of the year with local markets selling all kinds of treasures from agave plant-based alcohol Mezcal to woven textiles, handmade according to prehispanic methods. Head along to the coast and there are some pretty sweet beach spots too. 

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