Hot New Destinations for 2018


Want to be amongst the first to explore these hot new destinations for 2018?  

TravelLocal – the ‘buy local’ expert in tailor-made holidays – puts independent travellers in direct contact with tried-and-trusted travel companies in 40+ destinations around the world. Pioneering a new way to travel, TravelLocal not only enables travellers to directly access on-the-ground expertise from regional experts and ensures a much fairer deal for local suppliers, but also makes undiscovered gems more accessible to its UK customer-base via local know-how.

Here are five sample itineraries for exciting new destinations to discover in 2018:

New non-stop flight, London to Jakarta: Java & Bali from £1,640 pp with TravelLocal
October saw the introduction of direct flights between London Heathrow and Jakarta, making travel to Indonesia that bit more accessible and saving travellers a stop in Singapore. TravelLocal offers a modestly-priced 21-day Highlights of Java & Bali tour which gives a unique insight into the culture and sights of both regions. In Jakarta, you’ll get to explore the old town, as well as witnessing active volcanoes from the safety of a jeep. In Bali, tour the lush countryside by bicycle, take part in a traditional cookery class, and relax on serene Balinese beaches.
Cost: From £1,640 pp (two sharing) for a 21-day tour, including breakfast every day, some meals, transfers, excursions and the services of a local guide.*

Senegal and Gambia
Senegal’s green appeal, from £1,330 pp with TravelLocal
The relatively-unknown Casamance region – also known as the ‘Green Garden of Senegal’ – has undergone a huge recovery as a tourist spot in recent years, following years of conflict in the area. It is now an eco-tourism hub with idyllic beaches, abundant wildlife, fascinating local people, and boat trips through the mangroves. TravelLocal offers an eight-day tour combining Gambia and Senegal, taking travellers off the beaten track through the coastal and rural villages of the Casamance region. Travel in April 2018 to add a musical twist to the trip and visit the St Louis Jazz Festival – ‘Africa’s answer to New Orleans’. With Senegal’s Blaise Diagne International Airport set to open in January 2018, easing congestion in Dakar, the capital, 2018 is the year to discover this unexplored idyll.
Cost: £1,330 pp (two sharing) for an eight-day tour combining Gambia and Senegal, including accommodation with breakfast, transfers, excursions and the services of a local guide.*

Unrestricted Uganda – from £3,590 pp with TravelLocal
The UK government has lifted restrictions on visiting certain parts of the country, meaning that all areas of Uganda are now fully accessible. This includes the world-famous Kidepo Valley National Park, one of the most game-rich, diverse and culturally unique regions in the whole country. TravelLocal’s Wilderness and White Waters of the Nile tour allows travellers to explore the remote wilderness of this beautiful park, including a walking safari, nocturnal game drive, hiking, exploring waterfalls, and white water rafting at the source of the Nile.
Cost: £3,590 pp (two sharing) for a ten-day tour, including full board accommodation, transfers, excursions, and the services of a local guide.*

Culinary and art highlights of Buenos Aires and Mendoza – from £2,350 pp with TravelLocal
From February 2018, Argentina will open up to budget and time-conscious travellers with direct flights from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires with Norwegian Air, from £299 pp one-way. Recently awarded the accolade of South America’s leading culinary destination at the World Travel Awards, Argentina is home to a raft of foodie hotspots showcasing the country’s diverse produce. For culture vultures, Buenos Aires is also a thriving art destination and an Art Basel Partner City: from September 11-16, 2018, the city will host a week-long celebration of public art. TravelLocal offers a nine-day Taste of Argentina tour to Buenos Aires and Mendoza, taking in hidden pop-up restaurants, street food, traditional asados (barbecues), exclusive wineries, world-class art galleries, iconic and brightly-coloured architecture, and breathtaking countryside along the way. With visitor numbers increasing – TravelLocal enquiries have tripled in the past six months – now is the ideal time to take in Argentina’s culture, food and landscapes.
Cost: From £2,350 pp (two sharing) for a nine-day tour, including accommodation, internal flights, all excursions, as well as some meals, and the services of a local guide.*

Discover bygone eras in Japan – from £2,160 pp with TravelLocal
Get away from the over-crowded hot spots and discover Japan’s hidden gems. TravelLocal offers a ten-day trip incorporating five days of self-guided walking along the mediaeval Nakasendo Trail. Travellers will take in perfectly preserved Edo-period post towns of the Kiso Valley, ancient capitals and pilgrimage routes of bygone eras, and stay at traditional ryokans far from the tourist trail, book-ended by stays in the animated, intoxicating cities of Tokyo and Kyoto.
Cost: From £2,160 pp (two sharing) for a ten-day tour, including accommodation, internal transportation, excursions, as well as some meals, and the services of a local guide.*

* All of these quotes are based on two sharing. TravelLocal trips include transfers, excursions and the services of a local guide. Travel to the destination is not included, giving more flexibility and allowing customers to book their flights via points schemes if preferred.

For more information, call TravelLocal on +44 (0)117 325 7898 or visit to plan a tailor-made trip to suit your personal interests and to match your budget.‎

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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