With each new year, people all over the world optimistically set their resolutions for the twelve months ahead. From establishing fitness routines to setting money-saving objectives, most tend to boil down to becoming better versions of ourselves. For some of us, one of those goals is to travel more, and with a bank of replenished vacation days, now is the perfect time to start narrowing down where to go in 2018.
While hot spots like Iceland and Thailand may have blown up your Instagram feed in 2017, this year will be all about discovering the world’s newest up-and-coming destinations—and trust us, there are plenty of incredible contenders. From reinvented capitals to secluded island getaways, here are the top under-the-radar destinations for 2018.
While thrill-seekers may have already added Patagonia to their bucket lists, thanks to famous features like Perito Moreno Glacier and Torres del Paine National Park, chances are they haven’t yet heard of Aysén. Described as the region’s final frontier, this remote land is sparsely populated and still very much unexplored. Adventurers will appreciate the area’s dramatic landscapes, including snow-capped mountains, staggering fjords, and temperate rain forests. Splendidly isolated, going off the grid is no challenge and countless adventures await. For those interested in a curated experience, Upscape offers expert itineraries, including trekking the Aysén Glacier Trail, horseback riding along the Andean mountains, or kayaking the Exploradores Valley’s challenging rivers.