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? 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.
Why for 2018: Bogotá is on the rise for 2018, being the hectic heart of Colombia and a great base for exploring the wider country. Travellers will appreciate the new restaurant openings and boutique hotels set amongst 300-year-old houses, street art murals and museums.
Insider's tip: Travellers are advised to visit the Museo del Oro (or Gold Museum) which is perhaps the most famous museum in Bogotá, with the most spectacular exhibits of pre-Historic art, culture and tradition ever displayed.
The stylish Serie 1948 is a homely Bed & Breakfast (via Booking.com) located in a quiet neighbourhood near to bars and restaurants. It offers guests bike hire, a sun terrace, garden and locally sourced coffee and food.
Best time to travel: Colombia's capital has no shortage of festivals, and in the months of January-February, the year begins with the Bogota Feria Taurian, with matadors from Spain and Mexico flown in for the occasion. With a 'tropical' climate, these are also the best months to visit when the weather is driest.