A blue train makes its way across a bridge with arches through Sri Lanka's countryside

The Best Travel Articles of 2018

2018 is coming to an end, but what a year it’s been for adventures! We share the stories you loved most, here are the best travel articles!

Over the past 12 months, you’ve loved reading about everything from affordable travel (sailing around the Grecian islands anyone?) to dream adventures worthy of only the finest bucket lists (your two weeks in Sri Lanka are calling). As 2018 is coming to an end, we decided to share the most popular stories of the year. Here are the best travel articles well worth reading again!

1. The ultimate bucket list destination 

Along with us, you were ahead of the curve on this one! Lonely Planet has dubbed Sri Lanka as the top country for travel in 2019, but we were already coveting this beautiful destination with our two-week travel guide. Likewise, you were also reading up on it over the past year!

A blue train makes its way across a bridge with arches through Sri Lanka's countryside
Nine Arch Bridge in Ella, Sri Lanka | © Dennis Binzen/Flickr

2. Explore for $18 a day

One of our in-house writers shows you that priceless adventures in far-flung destinations don’t have to break the bank. Your precious pennies will take you across the world if you know exactly where to go. From Bolivia to New Zealand, find out just how far $18 a day will take you.

Salar de Uyuni, amid the Andes in southwest Bolivia, is the world’s largest salt flat
Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat amid the Andes in southwest Bolivia

3. Experience the best of Latin America

Travellers love going to Latin America for its vibrant culture, fascinating history, natural wonders, and delicious food. We’re not surprised that an article showcasing some of the best destinations in the continent became one of your favourite travel stories in 2018.

A lake in a park surrounded by mesmerising greenery and beautiful shades of green
Colours of Patagonia in Torres del Paine, Chile | ⓒ Douglas Scortegagna/Flickr

4. Adventures tailor-made for 2018

How many destinations did you add (and check off) on your bucket list over the last twelve months? 2018 is coming to an end, but some journeys will stay with you for a lifetime. You loved the trips we hand-picked for 2018, but if you haven’t gotten around to experiencing these bucket list adventures, don’t worry; these travel goals are timeless!

An iceberg in Greenland sits below the mist
Natural wonders in Greenland | ⓒ Alexandra Rose/Unsplash

5. Discovering Asia 

Like us, you love that Asia has it all: impressive sights and sounds, intense cultural experiences, and peaceful natural retreats just waiting to be discovered. Like us, you also spent 2018 fawning over the safest countries in Asia – and hopefully making your way there.

A shot of the bridge by The sacred Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu Valley
The sacred Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu Valley | © Max Pixel

6. #GoTouring 

Instagram has been fuelling the world’s travel dreams since its inception. Inspired by hashtag-worthy destinations, you couldn’t get enough of reading about countries for your feeds. Of course, it helps that we happened to curate an article with 21 of earth’s most Instagrammable places.

View of the ancient Egyptian burial ground in Giza, west of Cairo from a hotel room
You could wake up to this view while visiting Egypt’s Pyramids of Giza | ⓒ Michał Huniewicz/Flickr

7. Finding local culture in Europe

Small towns are one of the best ways to get to know a country (or a continent). One of our best travel articles of the year featured local culture and authentic experiences in small towns like Cassis in France and Orvieto in Italy.

A row of colourful waterfront restaurants in Cassis
Don’t leave without sampling some fresh seafood in Cassis | ⓒ Michal Osmenda/WikiCommons

8. Fjords on a budget 

Understandably, an article that shows you how to experience Norway’s majestic beauty affordably became one of the best travel articles on Days to Come in 2018. It helps that nature doesn’t cost a penny to see! If you didn’t manage to experience the country’s fjords over the past year, let us inspire you to try in 2019!

Breathtaking fjords in Norway | ⓒ enriquelopezgarre/Pixabay

9. Your roaring twenties 

Travel has no age-limit, but your 20s are one of the best decades to begin (or continue) exploring the world. Taking a tour that checks off a bunch of countries and lets you meet people is probably one of the best ways to spend your 20s. Those in need of travel inspiration seemed to love the idea of that as well!

Festival of Colors in Spanish Fork, UT at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple
Celebrate the arrival of spring at the Holi Festival | © Steven Gerner/Flickr

10. Experiencing Kyoto on foot

Experiencing a destination on foot is probably one of the best ways to see it. We delved into Kyoto’s best day hikes, and you came along with us for the walk.

Read the article: Best Day Hikes in Kyoto

a small bridge crosses over a lily pond against a backdrop of mountains
Arashiyama, Japan | © Maria Michelle/Pixabay

11. What to wear in Italy 

We made life a little easier for our readers by creating a packing list for globetrotters heading off to Italy! It became one of the best travel articles this year, and while packing for a trip to Italy is hardly a chore, knowing what to take with you makes perfect sense.

Iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence
Iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence | © Sahar Aman

12. Being alone doesn’t mean lonely 

This was not the year to hold yourself back from seeing the world. A lot of people want to travel but put off their plans because they don’t have people to go away with. In light of that, we wanted to empower you to take that dream trip by showing you that it’s 100 percent possible to travel by yourself without feeling lonely.

bonfire surrounded by group of people near brown hill during daytime
Form new bonds on your solo trip | © Phil Coffman/Unsplash

13. Ancient ruins and the Aegean Sea

Stunning white beaches, turquoise water, great food, spectacular mountain scenery, genuine hospitality, and endless culture and history, it’s no surprise that this story tops our list of best travel articles. The fact that Greece is so affordable is just another reason to visit. Discover how to have the best two weeks of your life exploring ancient ruins along the Aegean Sea.

An orange sky at sunset over the white city of Santorini
A magical sunset in Santorini | ⓒ Tom Grimbert/Unsplash

14. The Cliffs of Moher take on the Loch Ness

In one of your favourite articles of 2018, Ireland and Scotland face-off against each other. Both are fascinating and rich in scenery, heritage, and culture, but which country to go to was the real question on the minds of our readers.

white concrete lighthouse on top of the brown mountain near body of water
Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye | © Steffen Kastner/Unsplash

15. Taking your best shot 

Iceland has no shortage of things to capture, and our readers spent a lot of time swotting up on how to photograph Iceland. From discovering the best locations to lenses and golden hours, expert Matthew Smith shares his tips and tricks for taking pictures in Iceland.

small white shack with a rusting red door in a green pasture
With our Iceland photography tips, you’ll be filling up your Instagram feed in no time | ⓒ Matthew Smith/MPS Visuals

What was your favourite story on Days to Come from 2018? Tell us about it in the comments! 

Content Editor for TourRadar. Sahar has a hunger for stories, adventure, and culture. When she's not writing or travelling, Sahar can be found flexing her metatarsal in a dance studio.

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