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What's hot for 2018

The world is your oyster, and with hundreds of destinations to explore, you may be struggling to decide where to travel to next.

Our hot list, compiled by our Destination Specialists, outlines key destinations forecast to be big in 2018 and the latest travel trends.

Read on below or check out our videos about 2018's destinations to watch and latest travel trends and be inspired… 

Hot destinations

Second Line parade

Celebrate 300 years of New Orleans

2018 marks the 300th anniversary of New Orleans, one of the world’s most unique and diverse cities. In a destination that’s not shy to party, 2018 is set to bring a year of celebration and jubilation that should not be missed. Discover the eclectic city in this momentous year and enjoy the rapturous live jazz music that fill the streets. Also referred to as the Big Easy due to its easy-going attitude, New Orleans is a harmonious melting pot of French, American and Creole cultures that is bonded in its deep love for jazz.

Padar Island - Komodo National Park

Explore the Island of Flores

Discover somewhere new in the ultimate island adventure on the Island of Flores. Just a 90 minute flight from Bali, Flores is an enchanting island that remains relatively unknown. As well as deserted white-sand beaches, volcanic lakes and picturesque landscapes, Flores is the native home to the Komodo dragon, the largest and heaviest lizard on earth. 

Petra by night

Jordan, the Middle East’s best kept secret

From the surreal experience of floating in the Dead Sea and trekking to the ancient city of Petra, to relaxing on the beaches of Aqaba and visiting the souqs of Amman’s old town, Jordan is a treasure trove of adventure and culture. Explore Jordan’s ancient history and visit its five UNESCO World Heritage Sites on an inspiring tour.

Times to treasure in Tanzania

Known for its vast wilderness, Tanzania offers a unique and alternative safari experience, including seat-in and fly-in safaris. Visit one of the many national parks, including Tarangire, known for its large concentration of elephants, or the world famous Serengeti National Park, where you can witness the migration for 8-9 months of the year. Ideal for both first time intrepid travellers to more experienced safari explorers, Tanzania also provides the most intimate and authentic safari via the Bush Rover - a converted luxury Land Rover for the ultimate safari experience.

Torres del Paine National Park

See Chile, to believe Chile

With Chile featuring in Lonely Planet’s top 10 countries to visit in 2018 and a newly launched flight from London Heathrow to Santiago with British Airways, we think it’s time you visited too. Featuring over 4,000 miles of coastline, this slender country packs a great deal into the destination, from the driest deserts and bustling coastal cities including Santiago and Valparaíso, to the glistening, snow-capped mountains and glaciers of Patagonia and fertile wine regions.

Anse Lazio

Be seduced by the Seychelles

Launching in March, the new direct flight from London Heathrow to the Seychelles with British Airways will not only make the journey quicker and  easier, but also allow you more time to explore the 115 idyllic islands. As well as being a favourite among our customers, the Seychelles is also much loved by the royals, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge honeymooning in the region back in 2011. With another royal wedding in the making, bets are already being taken for Harry and Meghan’s honeymoon choice. Hop between islands and discover world-class beaches, romantic retreats, colourful coral reefs and hiking trails. 

Hot travel trends

Experience the extraordinary

We continue to see a rise in travellers seeking extraordinary experiences on their adventures. From accomplishing a life-long achievement such as completing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or swimming with manta rays in the Maldives, holidays with an extraordinary element is one of 2018’s travel musts.

Rail revelations

Rail holidays have long been considered a stylish and luxurious way to explore. See the world, rolling through breath-taking scenery at an unhurried pace with all your creature comforts, plus exceptional levels of service. From the Rocky Mountaineer in Canada to the Blue Train in South Africa, a luxury rail journey will be an amazing adventure to add to your holiday in 2018. Sit back, relax and enjoy an exhilarating front row seat to some of the world’s most incredible landscapes.

Responsible tourism and sustainable holidays

Responsible tourism and sustainable holidays are on the rise. We recognise the importance of conservation, sustainability and supporting local communities, and proudly work with various resorts and hotels that help promote these initiatives. From using locally sourced produce, to protecting local ecosystems and wildlife, an increasing number of eco-friendly hotels are placing a greater emphasis on the sustainability of management and surrounding areas. We’re also delighted to be one of the longest standing partners to Just a Drop, a water aid organisation that provides clean water and sanitation to developing communities. Donate £1 when you book your Hayes & Jarvis holiday to help support our next project. 

Saruni Samburu safari

Insightful family holidays

If you dream of a holiday that offers a little more than a bucket and spade, immerse your family in local culture and head off the beaten track to make memories to last a lifetime. Take an inspiring tour of Vietnam, tasting delicious street food and kayaking through Halong Bay. Embark on an epic African safari to spot the Big Five with your little ones or combine museums, cycling and raft adventures in Ottawa, Canada.

Creole curry

Taste the world

Get a real taste for your holiday destination and savour mouth-watering local cuisine. From visiting food markets, sampling the local wines and beers, to learning how to cook delectable foreign cuisine, culinary holidays provide travellers with one of the most authentic and enriching experiences. What’s more, recreate the traditional dishes back home and impress friends and family with your newfound taste sensations.