The 18 Places to Travel in 2018; Lauren Hubbard; Harper’s Bazaar

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China – Qinghai Hoh Xil

If 2017 was all about gorgeous landscapes, bucket list trips, the world’s best beaches and traveling closer to home, 2018 is all about thinking outside the box for a great escape. The world is officially rethinking luxury travel, with people looking to explore the world now more than ever. Leave your presumptions about certain parts of the world at home and get your passports ready–these are the 18 top places to travel in 2018.

Malawi

Why to go: Tucked neatly into a sliver of lake-riddled landscape in southeastern Africa, the lush vistas of Malawi make for a truly exceptional travel experience. Further off the beaten path than the now well-traveled South Africa or Morocco, Black Tomato co-founder Tom Marchant describes the private, less touristy atmosphere of Malawi as “akin to being let in on one of the continent’s best-kept secrets.”

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The 7 Best Wine Regions to Visit in 2018; Laura Giannatempo; CN Traveler

Austria – Wachau Cultural Landscape

We asked some of the country’s top sommeliers what wine regions you shouldn’t miss in 2018, and here’s what they had to say.

Wachau, Austria

Just an one-hour drive from Vienna, the Wachau is one of Austria’s most picturesque valleys. Old castles, monasteries, and quaint villages flank the Danube river in this UNESCO World Heritage site. Add to that outstanding wineries, and you begin to understand why the Wachau is a wine lover’s paradise. Rent a bike to tour the historic sites and stop by a winery or two to sip dry to off-dry rieslings and grüner veltliners. Among the top wineries, “Knoll, Jamek, and Hirtzberger have great tasting rooms and excellent restaurants,” says Rajat Parr, winemaker and partner at Domaine de la Côte.

Central Otago, New Zealand

The name is misleading, because Central Otago is located on the southern tip of New Zealand.

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Dolihos: A New 255Km Greek Long Distance Race for 2018; Theo Ioannou; Greek Reporter

Greece – Archaeological Site of Delphi

2018 will see the inauguration of Dolihos, another majestic Greek race covering the holy Greek ancient cites of Delfi and Olympia.

Any runner with a desire to run a long distance race in Greece has a range of choices (Athens Marathon, Spartathlon), all with historic roots, and 2018 will see the inauguration of another majestic race covering the holy Greek ancient cites of Delphi and Olympia.

The Dolihos race combines the ancient sites of Delphi and Olympia, and with a length of 255 kilometres, is even longer than its more established counterpart, the Spartathlon.

While places in the Spartathlon are always in short supply because of its international reputation, entries are still available for the Dolihos, which will take place from the 27th to 29th April. The race is set among attractive and varied scenery, with 60% on dirt roads and footpaths.

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Braiding Science Together with Indigenous Knowledge; Gleb Raygorodetsky; Scientific American

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Russia – Golden Mountains of Altai

It’s the best recipe for preserving a healthy planet.

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”

—Albert Einstein

As the negative consequences of human-induced environmental and social changes are becoming increasingly obvious, there is a growing recognition that “status quo” approaches to resource development and management, rooted in the dominant, largely linear, reductionist worldview, are failing.

Over the last years, several integrative fields of inquiry—such as systems science, resilience science, ecosystem health, ethnoecology, deep ecology Gaia theory, biocultural diversity, among others—have been advancing our understanding of the complex non-linear and multi-scale relationships between people and nature.

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Archipelago; VisitFinland.com

Finland – Old Rauma

Finland’s coast boasts the world’s largest archipelago. Old wooden towns, lighthouses, historical manors and stone churches, large national parks stretching over land and sea – this all sums up coastal Finland in a nutshell.

The laid-back islander lifestyle and a strong maritime culture are key characteristics of this fascinating area. Finland’s capital, Helsinki, has also held onto its maritime charm. Beaches, handicraft markets, small town events, cafes and village shops – Finnish coastal towns are especially alive in the summer months.

Finland holds seven Unesco World Heritage sites of which three can be experienced in the coastal area.

Where To Go

ÅLAND ISLANDS

Åland is an autonomous and monolingual Swedish region of Finland and consists of more than 6 500 islands. The capital, Mariehamn, a cute village-like town with a strong maritime and shipping heritage, is the only city in the unspoiled, ruggedly beautiful archipelago.

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The charm of Reunion Island; Anand Joseph; Deccan Herald

France – Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island

When I came across a news article about a part of a Boeing 737 plane that was found washed ashore on a remote island in Indian Ocean, what intrigued me the most, apart from the details of the plane, was the location – Reunion Island!

Initially, trying to get information about Reunion Island was very difficult. Everyone that we spoke to or asked for information had never even heard about the island.

We booked our flights to Reunion with the limited information that we gleaned from the web and prepared ourselves to explore the unknown.

Bourbon Island – as it was first known – is definitely an adventurer’s paradise. The sun is hot, the water is warm, the food is good and it’s as though the infectious Malayo music of the Creole people (locals of the island) seeps into your soul.

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UNESCO Presents World Heritage Certificate to Šibenik; Croatia Week

Croatia – Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra – Western Stato da Mar

UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture, Francesco Bandarin, has presented the head of Šibenik-Knin County, Goran Pauk, the certificate of inscription to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

The presentation of the certificate took place at the Croatian National Theatre in Šibenik on Thursday with a number of dignitaries in attendance, including Croatia’s Culture Minister.

On 9 July 2017 at the 41st meeting of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in Poland, the Venetian Works of defence between 15th and 17th centuries were inscribed as UNESCO protected World Heritage sites.

This property consists of 15 components of defence works in Italy, Croatia, and Montenegro, spanning more than 1,000 kilometres between the Lombard region of Italy and the eastern Adriatic Coast.

The Croatian sites include the defensive system of Zadar and St. Nicholas Fortress in Šibenik.

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40 fairy-tale European towns to visit this Christmas; Alex Walker; Easy Voyage

Lithuania – Vilnius Historic Centre

Instead of bringing the Christmas fairy tale to you, this year it’s time to seek out your own one.

ROVANIEMI, FINLAND

Where better to enjoy a Christmas adventure than Lapland? Rovaniemi is the capital of the region and, most importantly, the official home of Santa Claus – ‘his Buckingham Palace’ if you will. With over 10,000 students, it’s not simply a great place to take children but one where all manner of fun abounds. And if you’re seeking the spectacular, Rovaniemi is also a great spot to take in the Aurora Borealis. Who needs twinkling Christmas lights when nature will do it for you?

HALLSTATT, AUSTRIA

The scenery surrounding this Alpine village – the imposing Dachstein mountains and the serene lake Hallsätter See – are matched only by the chocolate box beauty of the town itself.

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Turkey, a winter wonderland; Trade Arabia

Turkey – Historic Areas of Istanbul
Winter is a time when visitors can experience Turkey like most travellers never do as the country offers a different kind of charm, apart form the obvious off-season benefits.
Travellers can witness the mountains and countryside transform into a winter wonderland. One can visit Turkey’s beautiful lakes that freeze over to form amazing sites. Admire the country’s ancient ruins and archeological sites, minus the crowds. And enjoy Istanbul’s winter festivals and Christmas joy from a unique winter perspective, says the Turkish Cultural and Tourism Office in Dubai.
With moderate Mediterranean weather, Turkey’s average temperature in December ranges between 8 and 12 degrees centigrade on the low side, and a conformable 16 to 18 degrees centigrade on the higher side. It’s a perfect weather to investigate Istanbul’s historical and Unesco world heritage buildings located in the Sultanahmet district bursting with colour and art.

 

Australia’s natural wonders; MSN

Australia – Kakadu National Park

From the famous Great Barrier Reef to the beautiful Twelve Apostles, here’s a peek into the delightful places you could visit in Australia.

Blessed with amazing reefs, rocks and beaches, Australia boasts some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. Take a tour of these awesome locations that will make you want to visit them right away.

MARIA ISLAND NATIONAL PARK, TASMANIA

This wildlife sanctuary is located off Tasmania’s east coast and houses historic ruins, dramatic cliffs and sweeping bays that are accessible only via ferry. The Painted Cliffs at Hopground Beach are patterned sandstone shaped by the water and wind. The shoreline contains a fascinating marine life and the island is a hotspot for bird watching with 11 of Tasmania’s 12 endemic species found here.

KATA TJUTA, NORTHERN TERRITORY

Formerly known as the Olgas, Kata Tjuta is about 31 miles from Uluru.

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