While we are trying to stabilize our professional lives and finalize our ambitions for the coming year, we can’t help but fantasize about our future getaways. Our post this week features our top travel destinations for 2018!
Typically, we have tried to focus on locations that we have never been to with the goal of exploring new cities, experiencing new cultures, and discovering new cuisine. But this year, we are prioritizing time together in locations that are feasible. This isn’t to say that they are easy or don’t require money; these destinations have a good mix of trips that require more planning, time, and money while others are driveable and can be done in a day. Additionally, we are taking the recommendations of friends and family to think about locations that we have already visited. Though we may think we did everything there was to do in some of our previous trips, a destination can transform from season to season, uncovering treasures we have yet to discover. Regardless, our memories from our adventures are sure to last a lifetime.
Destinations We Have Our Eye on for 2018
We definitely left our hearts in this snowy town when we visited last February. Needless to say we want to go back. However, this time, we’re aiming for a spring or summer trip to see how this town transforms. Bring on the luscious green foliage hiking.
Acadia National Park, Maine
This year, we treated ourselves to a National Parks Annual Pass. Acadia is not only the closest National Park to Boston, but it is one of the few Parks that has access to an ocean. We can’t wait to explore this park by land and by sea.
The Berkshires, Massachusetts
Dubbed as the “Inland-Newport”, this area of Western Massachusetts is full of history and culture, like orchestras, museums, and libraries. Additionally, it offers amazing recreational options, including kayaking, hiking, and fishing. Sounds like a relaxing weekend to us.
New Orleans, Louisiana
This city is celebrating its 300th birthday, which means even more parades and celebrations will be filling the streets of the French Quarter this year. We’ve always wanted to experience Mardi Gras in NoLA, so why not this year? Oh we should probably mention the New York Times also named this city the Top Place to visit in the world this year. We want to go…
Who doesn’t want to get weird in Austin? Known as one of the unofficial music capitals of the world, this city has it all; rock, country, jazz, pop, you can find your genre and so much more. There’s not much better than good music, great weather and yummy food.
Known as the land of enchantment, this state has been on our radar for a while. With a rich Native American culture and famous Spanish Native American fusion cuisine, this state has a lot to offer. And hey, if we could make it during the hot air balloon festival? Even better.
Who doesn’t want to pretend they’re a cowboy for a week? This experience has been on our wish list for years. The Big Montana Sky, the mountains, the tree, the wildlife, the resorts. It will be happening this year…
This is the only international destination on our list for a couple of reasons. It’s cheap to get there, has scenic views and landscapes unlike any other on the planet, and has it’s own breed of pony (yes, horses are definitely a factor here). Our goal is to go near the end of summer, but only time will tell!