Hayley Shearer, Growth Manager at Skyscanner, said: "Using our comprehensive flight database we can detect the destinations which are gaining in popularity and decreasing in flight price, looking at those factors as well as what is happening in destinations has helped us compile a list of must see destinations for 2018.
"As we head into January, our busiest month for flight bookings, we wanted to share these insights and help inspire travellers to try something new".
So, from Zambia, to the Seychelles and even Bristol (yup), these are the destinations that should be on your radar for 2018.
44% increase in popularity
11% drop in Average Flight Prices
Average Flight Price: £193.16
With 300 sunny days a year, what's not to love about Agadir. What's more, Air Arabia recently announced a new route from Manchester Airport to Agadir starting in October 2017, making it even more accessible than ever. With average flight prices down 11% YoY this family destination is likely to become even more popular. The laidback approach in Agadir can take you from relaxing on the beach to a camel, to checking out the Suq al-Had market or walking to the ruins of the Agadir Kasbah for breathtaking city views. Flights from £53 return.
Victoria Falls, Zambia
48% increase in popularity
16% drop in Average Flight Prices
Average Flight Price: £848.63
Flights to Victoria Falls, home to one of the natural wonders of the world, have increase by 48% over the last 12 months. And 2018 could see more of us flock to one of the seven wonders, with rumours that it could be a honeymoon destination for Harry and Meghan (according to Lonely Planet) - the royal couple-to-be visited Victoria Falls in Zambia during their three-week stay in Africa. Flights from £460 return.
7% increase in popularity
2% drop in Average Flight Prices
Average Flight Price: £686.24
Whilst this destination hasn't increased as much as others in the popularity stakes, thanks to British Airways this iconic Indian Ocean destination is going to become even more accessible next year as the airline is launching direct flights from Gatwick to the Seychelles in early 2018. More competition between airlines often leads to better deals so whilst Four Season and Six Senses openings in 2018 are upping the luxury bar you could start to see some great flight deals to be. Flights from £432 return.
67% increase in popularity
17% drop in Average Flight Prices
Average Flight Price: £129.17
With its burgeoning arts scene that is unrivalled anywhere else in the country and it's authentic off the beaten track feel it's no wonder more travellers are wanting to discover the delights of Romania's second largest city. Over the last 12 months there has been a staggering 67% increase in flights (the largest increase of our trending destinations) and with average fares dropping by 17%, 2018 could see even more city breakers venturing to Dracula region. One of the reasons travellers visit Cluj is Transylvania, the region which Cluj is situated. However, there is so much more to the city than Dracula. Cluj has a lively bohemian feel, with plenty of cafés, bistros, and restaurants based in the city's old centre. Cluj is also home to the Transylvania Film Festival (25th May – 3rd June), which showcases both Romanian and international productions in a variety of theatres and open-air spots throughout the city (and don't worry, it's more than just horror films). Flights from £36 return.
20% increase in popularity
14% drop in Average Flight Prices
Average Flight Price: £180.41
With top-notch restaurants, two new five-star hotel openings, famous filming locations and island tours available just off the coast, it's not hard to see why Dubrovnik is growing in popularity. This is a must visit location in 2018 for any James Bond fans as filming is due to take place in January. Ornate arches, baroque splendour and ancient medieval lanes makes walking around the old town like stepping into a historical drama. Beyond the walls of Dubrovnik lie some of the Adriatic's most beautiful beaches, woodland and island scattered seas. Flights from £66 return.
79% increase in popularity
29% drop in Average Flight Prices
Average Flight Price: £485.25
Whilst it might not be an immediate destination that springs to mind when considering a visit to the US, for those travellers looking for a location to see the delights of Connecticut's famed fall foliage season, Hartford is certainly an emerging destination that is worth considering. Over the last 12 months, Skyscanner has seen a 79% increase in flight traffic and with average flight prices down 29%, there is even more reason to consider a break from the norm and discover Hartford. As well as the breath-taking autumn fall season, Hartford also has a new 'billion-dollar' district full of great entertainment, hotels and a new state of the art science museum. Plus, it has also recently undergone vast upgrades to its key attractions and hotels. Norwegian Air has also made the city more accessible launching a new route from Edinburgh in June this year. Flights from £200 return.
21% increase in popularity
8% drop in Average Flight Prices
Average Flight Price: £139.05
Whilst Almeria has seen an increase of 21% in popularity this year, this relatively undiscovered corner of Andalucía will become more accessible with British Airway's new direct flights from Heathrow from 24 March 2018. Almeria is home to great boutiques, lovely beaches and a fantastic nature reserve. This is also a must visit destination for any Game of Thrones fans - the golden colours of the dry land of Almeria were used during the shooting of season six. Flights from £200 return.
29% increase in popularity
6% drop in Average Flight Prices
Average Flight Price: £661.40
One of Asia's hidden gems, Kaohsiung has been growing in popularity (29%) and we expect this will continue well into 2018. From the city's fascinating night markets, which brings together food, shopping and people, to the culture hub, with its vast art centre and music complex, Kaohsiung offers something for everyone. For hikers there are the views from the new 88m Eye of the Mountain' skywalk and for those looking for a touch of the beach life there are two swimming beaches within the city area. With flight prices down 6%, shaving £93.78 off the average flight price for a couple, Koahsiung is more affordable than travellers might think. Flights from £412 return.
26% increase in popularity
7% drop in Average Flight Prices
Average Flight Price: £88.47
With the pound declining and staycations on the rise, Bristol, a hub of culture and creativity, could be just the place. The city was voted the UK's best place to live in 2017 for the third time in four years. Whether it's the murals left behind by the city's most mischievous street artist Banksy that attracts visitors or the great nightlife and food scene, Bristol certainly packs it all in and is a great location for weekend breaks. And with return flights from as little as £43 return from various UK airports, there is even more reason to visit this English gem.
51% increase in popularity
40% drop in Average Flight Prices
Average Flight Price: £92.65
With average flight prices dropping by a staggering 40%, saving a couple over £120, Toulouse is a great value location for 2018. Toulouse, whilst a relatively big city has a small historical centre allowing you to walk to all the most beautiful sights and attractions in comfort. For the ideal, stress-free weekend break, take your time exploring the churches of the old town, the monasteries and museums of modern to Egyptian arts. When the outdoors calls, stroll along the Canal du Midi or along the Garonne River from the St Pierre Bridge. Flights from £9 return.
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18 brilliant city breaks for 2018
18 brilliant city breaks for 2018
The city break is the UK’s favourite type of holiday, with more than half of British holidaymakers (51%) planning one in 2018, according to ABTA. And rightly so! World-famous museums, top-notch eateries and culture galore - when it comes to city breaks, there's so much to see and do.
Whether you want a short break with a beach, a capital you can reach by train, or a city hosting a major sporting event, we've picked the 18 destinations you need to visit in 2018. Browse the best cities for a holiday in the UK, Europe and beyond.
Norwegian will commence a new route from Gatwick to Buenos Aires in February 2018, marking the low-cost airline's first ever South American route as its UK expansion plans gather pace. Often called the 'Paris of South America', Buenos Aires offers UK travellers a unique mix of European and Latin American culture. By day, Argentina's cosmopolitan capital offers classical architecture, over 250 parks and green spaces, sidewalk cafes and world-class shopping. By night, the city boasts a thriving cultural scene including top-class bars, restaurants and theatres, as well as a vibrant music scene giving travellers the chance to dance in the home of tango. Book it: Norwegian's fares will cost as little as £299 one-way.
Jordan's capital city is experiencing exciting developments, with three hotels due to open in 2018, making it an excellent long-weekend destination as it is just 5.5 hours away by plane. Amman has plenty to offer, from great food stalls and restaurants on Rainbow Street to the hip and upcoming Weibdeh area. The W Amman Hotel opens in early 2018 and will be a vibrant sanctuary styled in contemporary luxury and nestled in Amman’s Financial District, which is among traditional markets and ancient ruins. The five-star Ritz Carlton and St. Regis will also open later in the year, bringing even more luxury to the vibrant city. Book it: BA Holidays offers four-night breaks to Amman including return flights and a stay at Grand Hyatt Amman from £733 per person.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Malta’s capital city of Valletta is awash with history, culture and spectacular architecture. It is the European Capital of Culture 2018 and will officially launch on 20 January 2018, with the city's four main squares providing backdrops to acrobats, dancers and digital artistic projections, along with a series of cultural festivals and events throughout the year. Visitors to Valletta should check out the top sites, such as St John’s Co-Cathedral and Renzo Piano’s City Gate. Book it: Mercury Holidays offers three-night breaks to Valletta from £295 per person, including flights and a stay at the five-star Grand Hotel Excelsior.
Travellers who enjoy the beauty of Spain can explore one of its most unspoilt cities in 2018 when British Airways launches flights to Almeria in March. Situated in the southeast of the country and perfectly positioned on the Mediterranean Sea, Almeria is famous for its Spaghetti Western film sets, untouched beaches, white-washed villages and medieval history. The Alcazaba of Almeria, Cabo de Gata-Nijar nature reserve and the Cathedral of Almeria are some of the must-visits. Book it: British Airways' return fares from Heathrow cost from £66.
City break lovers looking for a once-in-a-lifetime trip can fly non-stop from Heathrow to Perth from March on the first-ever direct flight from the UK to Australia. The 14,498-kilometre Qantas service will take 17 hours as the first regular passenger service to directly link Australia with Europe. The capital of Western Australia is undergoing a significant period of change, with the attention turning from its glorious natural environment to its urban offering. Be sure to check out new waterfront development Elizabeth Quay for its wining and dining options, a pedestrian and cyclists' bridge, and promenades. Book it: Qantas' fares start from £1,095 return and are expected to drop below £900 return during deal periods.
Vibrant and forward-thinking, Copenhagen makes a fascinating city break destination thanks to its winning combination of eye-catching architecture, interesting museums and galleries and thriving gastronomy scene. In the beginning of 2018, world-renowned restaurant Noma will re-open in a new and unusual location with a brand new concept. The Danish capital will also get an artificial ski slope in 2018 named Copenhill, which is built on top of a green power plant. Opening in the heart of the city in 2018 is boutique, upscale hotel Herman K, which will wow guests with its private rooftop terrace and 31 unique luxury rooms. Book it: Ryanair's new flights to Copenhagen from Liverpool and Edinburgh, which launched in late 2017, start from £9.99 one way.
San Francisco’s edgy, cool little brother offers impressive gastronomy, a rapidly expanding hip city-centre, and gold rush history while surrounded by wine country. Sacramento is the upcoming destination that should be on your American hit list. With both Virgin and British Airways' new flight routes to the Bay Area and Thomas Cook's new flights to San Francisco, it's never been easier to visit the city that lies just 90 minutes away. The stylish Kimpton Sawyer Hotel recently opened and overlooks the Golden1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings (NBA Basketball). The hotel has a gorgeous pool deck and serves local cocktails and craft brews for you to make the most of your time outdoors on your sunshine city break. Book it: Rooms at Kimpton Sawyer Hotel start at $159 (£120) per night.
One of the last undiscovered gems of Europe, Tirana is a captivating city offering a Mediterranean lifestyle and cultural treasures free from tourist crowds. The Albanian capital is home to two new museums: the House of Leaves, which was the base for the country's communist phone tapping network, and Bunk’Art which is located inside a huge bunker that dictator Hoxha built for himself and close friends. Aside from the museums, visitors can enjoy family-run restaurants, chic boutiques and Turkish bazaars on a fantastic city break with a difference. Book it: KE Adventure Travel offers an eight-day Balkans holiday from £1,395 including flights.
Although the southern coast of Sri Lanka has become increasingly popular among Brits, the capital Colombo is often overlooked as a city destination. With a broad variety of cultural experiences and impressive colonial buildings, it's worth exploring on a long-haul trip. The new Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is perfect for adding luxury to your city break and opened at the end of 2017 in the One Galle Face development. It offers uninterrupted Indian Ocean views, immersive experiences such as tuk tuk safaris through vibrant streets, and top-notch Sri Lankan dining. Book it: Rooms at the hotel start from $180 (£135) per night.
In May 2018, Delta is launching the only direct flight between the UK and Portland, Oregon. It will fly from Heathrow four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer season. Portland is quickly becoming one of the trendiest cities in the USA, renowned for its street food (over 500 carts at any given time), more than 75 micro-breweries and boutique shopping. If you want to go beyond the city, Forest Park – the largest wilderness park in America – is within city limits and there is plenty of surfing or whale watching to be had along the picturesque Pacific Coast. Book it: Return fares with Delta start from £844.
2018 is a big year for culture in Liverpool as the city marks 10 years since it was European Capital of Culture 2008 with a year-long programme of cultural events. 'Eighteen for 18' will be a series of events, exhibitions, seasons and performances commissioned from some of the world’s best artists, musicians and cultural organisations. In February, the world-famous Terracotta Warriors will arrive at the city’s World Museum, and in a nod to the events of 2008, a fleet of tall ships will return to the city (25 to 28 May). Book it: Rooms at the recently opened Arthouse Hotel cost from £71 per night.
One of the hottest new flight routes in 2018 is British Airways' service from Heathrow to Nashville, bringing the Music City to UK travellers from May 2018. BA will fly to the capital of Tennessee five times a week, where 160 live music venues, a thriving food and drink scene and a rich history await. Conveniently positioned between three interstate highways, Nashville is also an excellent starting point for Southern road trips, with Memphis and New Orleans all within easy reach for a fly-drive holiday to America. Book it: Flights start from £749 return with British Airways.
2018 marks an important milestone in Lithuania’s history as the country celebrates the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the State. On the 16th of February 1918, the Council of Lithuania signed a document proclaiming the restoration of the independent state of Lithuania and with a number of events and festivities over the coming year, 2018 is the perfect time to visit its charming capital, Vilnius. Hilton Garden Inn and Hotel Pacai will be the newest hotels to open in the city. During your time in Vilnius, you won't want to miss walking the cobbled streets, exploring the Presidential Palace and Cathedral Basilica, or taking a hot air balloon ride over the picturesque Old Town. Book it: Rooms at Hotel Pacai will start from 160 euros (£143) per night.
2018 is an important year for Vienna as it celebrates the lives of four of its most important protagonists: painters Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, architect Otto Wagner and graphic artist Koloman Moser, who died 100 years ago. The creativity of these four men and many other protagonists of Modernism in Vienna around 1900 will be celebrated throughout the city in 2018. Some of the unmissable exhibitions will be held at Wien Museum, Leopold Museum and Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. Book it: One Traveller offers a six-day Imperial Vienna holiday in April, September and October 2018, from £1,640 per person, including flights, accommodation, tours and some meals.
A direct Eurostar service linking London and Amsterdam launches in spring 2018, with a journey time of less than four hours. Amsterdam is beautiful year-round, but with its network of canals, cobbled streets, world-class museums, charming restaurants and cosy cafés, it’s particularly appealing in the spring. Make it a luxury trip by travelling by First Class rail before visiting the excellent Van Gogh Museum, taking in the colourful markets and seeking out the lesser-known quarters such as Jordaan or De Pijp. Book it: Planet Rail offers a three-night break with First Class Eurostar travel from £495 per person, including a stay at the stylish Hotel Estherea.
The beating heart of Manhattan is set to get livelier by early 2018 when Midtown sees the opening of several new major landmark attractions. The jaw-dropping interactive undersea journey that will be National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey recently opened, along with the first-of-its-kind NFL Experience Times Square. In 2018, the future home of everything 'spy’ at the engaging and empowering Spyscape HQ will launch, as well as country music’s most famous brand, the Grand Ole Opry’s, first 'home away from home' in the shape of Opry City Stage. In addition, new hotel Moxy Times Square offers the largest all-season hotel rooftop bar and lounge in New York City, and the new Edition hotel, opening in 2018, will bring more luxury and sleek design to the neighbourhood. Book it: Rooms at Moxy Times Square start at $139 (£105) per night.
All eyes will be on Russia in 2018 when the FIFA World Cup takes place, with host cities including Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Samara. Kaliningrad, another of the World Cup hosts, is a terrific option for an off-the-beaten-path city break and a terrific alternative to Moscow. This western enclave is separated from mother Russia by hundreds of miles of Lithuanian and Belarusian soil in a region that used to be known as Prussia. Tourism is slowly developing here as people come to see the fascinating place struggling to survive under capitalism. Book it: Regent Holidays offers three-night breaks in Kaliningrad from £485 per person, including flights and a stay at the Kaiserhof Hotel.
Seville has been named the number one place to visit for a city break in 2018, by Lonely Planet's Best in Travel. Praised for being a city of bicycles and trams, its bars and restaurants that capture the latest food and fashion trends, and its passionate lifestyle, the Andalucian capital will host the 31st European Film Awards and "showcase its good looks" in TV fantasy drama Game of Thrones in 2018. Book it: Kirker Holidays offers a three-night break at former archbishop's palace Los Seises from £498 per person, including flights, accommodation and entrance tickets to the cathedral or the Alcazar.