This year, our Instagram feeds were inundated with snaps from the hills of Sri Lanka, lagoons in the Philippines, and friends sipping ice-cold rosé under the turquoise skies of Mykonos. However, it looks like we can expect even better and more exotic delights from the world's hottest travel destinations in 2018.
From Aysen in Chile to Keke Xili in the Tibetan Plateau in China, we sat down with the UK's top travel experts to find out their must-see travel spots for 2018.More
Why for 2018: Once a traffic-congested metropolis resting on its historical laurels, Seville has bloomed into a city of bicycles and trams, keen to reinvigorate its artistic past.
The capital of Andalucia will host the 31st European Film Awards in 2018, and showcases its good looks in Game of Thrones. Adding colour to an ongoing artistic renaissance, Seville is also in the midst of celebrating the 400th anniversary of homegrown Baroque painter Bartolome Esteban Murillo, with half a dozen one-of-kind expositions continuing into 2018.
Insider's Tip: Brendan Sainsbury from Lonely Planet says: 'Seville has developed some of Spain's most innovative tapas bars, but it also safeguards classics such as El Rinconcillo, a restaurant that purports to be the oldest in Spain (founded in 1670).'
Best Time to travel (in terms of weather and cheapest flights): Spring is the obvious time to visit. Seville hosts two of the biggest festivals in Spain (Semana Santa and Feria de Abril), both moveable feasts depending on when Easter falls. The heat of high summer is best avoided. For cooler temperatures and cheaper prices, arrive in September or October.
Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2018 book is out now.
Why for 2018? This spot is one of the most untapped culinary regions of Northern Italy and home to the new largest agri-food park in the world, Eataly World.
Insider's tip: Home to a menagerie of unforgettable experiences, this region is home to the city where Mozart, Rossini and Wagner introduced their works, is host to the oldest university in the western world and of course offers some of Italy's most celebrated culinary traditions.
Award-winning luxury travel agency Black Tomato's newest experiences here include exclusive tours of Eataly World – Bologna's new 'foodie theme park' that hosts cutting edge culinary workshops with a focus on eco-responsibility. The luxury travel team have also crafted a new, eight-hour culinary experience that take clients through Bologna, Modena and the surrounding area, sampling the finest flavours of this unique region.
Best time to travel: March – May and September – October.
Why for 2018: Many travellers visit Japan for the bustling nightlife of Tokyo or temples of Kyoto, but in 2018 travellers will switch to explore the dynamic city of Sapporo. Sapporo's top endorsements for travellers by Booking.com include food, seafood and gourmet food. With an estimated four in ten global travellers planning on taking a food and drink trip in 2018, Sapporo is certainly a destination to consider for its thriving food scene alone.
Insider's tip: Japanese style inns or 'ryokans' are a great place to stay to truly experience Japanese culture. The accommodation website recommends Guest House Yuyu, a homely stay which offers bike hire so you can easily explore the city.
Best time to travel: Spring is a lovely time to visit Sapporo, when the snow starts to melt, the trees become laden with cherry blossoms by the end of April/early May. The end of April is also the time of the Golden Week when Sapporo turns festive, with plenty of historical parades and cultural celebrations.