We’re always on the lookout for the more unusual destinations to visit when it comes to travelling, and thanks to The Rough Guide’s guide to 2018, we’ve picked some of the more unexpected must-see places to holiday to next year.

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1. Newcastle, UK

The North of England’s typically visited cities like Birmingham and Manchester look set to take a back seat as tourists pop to Tyneside instead.


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Friendly on the wallet and in the pubs, expect lively nightlife, buzzing restaurants and some culture too.

2. Valletta, Malta

According to The Rough Guide, Valletta is buzzing right now thanks to regeneration projects and new openings to mark its time as European Capital of Culture 2018.


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What’s more, Valletta is Europe’s sunniest city and the whole old town is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Not something you see everyday.

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3. Jordan


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Those in the know have long-travelled to Jordan, but the under-the-radar country has started to establish itself as a must-visit place for adventure seekers with the launch of the Jordan Trail – a 650km trekking route running from the north of the country to the south.

4. Belize


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Belize is one of the world’s least visited countries, but thanks to the diverse culture, pristine beaches and ancient Mayan temples, it’s a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered.

5. Tbilisi, Georgia

The capital city is becoming known as the capital of cool, thanks in part to its thriving arts scene packed with young creatives, art studios, bars and boutique hotels.


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2018 will be the year to visit as the country celebrates 100 years of independence – so expect parties galore!