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The 2018 travel trends you need to know now

We've been crunching the numbers from our huge flight database to bring you our predictions for the hotspots to watch out for in 2018.

Our top trending destinations for 2018 aren’t just based on speculation. We painstakingly analysed two years’ worth of data across thousands of destinations to bring you the definitive guide to the destinations on the rise. Get there now before they get overrun.

Rock arch over the sea in Agadir, Morocco

Agadir, Morocco:

44% increase in popularity

11% drop in Average Flight Prices

Average Flight Price: £193.16

With 300 sunny days a year, what’s not to love about Agadir? And now that Air Arabia has announced a new route from Manchester Airport to Agadir starting in October 2017, it’s more accessible than ever. With average flight prices down 11% year on year, this family destination is likely to become even more popular. The laid-back approach in Agadir, can take you from relaxing on the beach to a camel, to checking out the Suq al-Had market or walking to the ruins of the Agadir Kasbah for sweeping city views.

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Victoria Falls with a dusky orange sky

Victoria Falls, Zambia

48% increase in popularity

16% drop in Average Flight Prices

Average Flight Price: £848.63

Flights to Victoria Falls, home to one of the natural wonders of the world, have increase by 48% over the last 12 months. And 2018 could see more of us flock to one of the seven wonders, with rumours that it could be a honeymoon destination for Harry and Meghan (according to Lonely Planet) – the royal couple-to-be visited Victoria Falls in Zambia during their three-week stay in Africa.

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The towers and rooftops of Club, Romania, seen from a high viewpoint

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

67% increase in popularity

17% drop in Average Flight Prices

Average Flight Price: £129.17

With its burgeoning arts scene that is unrivalled anywhere else in the country and its authentic, off-the-beaten track feel, it’s no wonder more travellers are wanting to discover the delights of Romania’s second largest city. Over the last 12 months, there has been a staggering 67% increase in flights (the largest increase of our trending destinations). |nd with average fares dropping by 17%, 2018 could see even more city breakers venturing to Dracula region. One of the reasons travellers visit Cluj is Transylvania, the region which Cluj is situated. However, there is so much more to the city than vampire lore. Cluj has a lively bohemian feel, with plenty of cafés, bistros, and restaurants based in the city’s old centre. Cluj is also home to the Transylvania Film Festival (25th May – 3rd June), which showcases both Romanian and international productions in a variety of theatres and open-air spots throughout the city (and don’t worry, it’s more than just horror films).

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A beach backed by palm trees in the Seychelles

Victoria, Seychelles

7% increase in popularity

2% drop in Average Flight Prices

Average Flight Price: £686.24

Although this destination hasn’t increased as much as others in the popularity stakes, thanks to British Airways, this Indian Ocean island group is going to become even more accessible when the airline launches direct flights from Gatwick to the Seychelles in early 2018. More competition between airlines often leads to better deals. Compare flight prices to the Seychelles

View of the walled Old Town of Dubrovnik, seen from the sea

Dubrovnik, Croatia

20% increase in popularity

14% drop in Average Flight Prices

Average Flight Price: £180.41

With top-notch restaurants, two new five-star hotel openings, famous filming locations and island tours available just off the coast, it’s not hard to see why Dubrovnik is growing in popularity. This is a must-visit location in 2018 for any James Bond fans as filming is due to take place in January. Ornate arches, baroque splendour and ancient medieval lanes makes walking around the old town like stepping into a historical drama. Beyond the walls of Dubrovnik lie some of the Adriatic’s most beautiful beaches, woodlands and island-scattered seas.

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Mark Twain's house in Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

79% increase in popularity

29% drop in Average Flight Prices

Average Flight Price: £485.25

While it might not be an immediate destination that springs to mind when considering a visit to the US, for those travellers looking to see the delights of Connecticut’s famed fall foliage season, Hartford is certainly an emerging destination that is worth considering. Over the last 12 months, Skyscanner has seen a 79% increase in flight traffic, and with average flight prices down 29%, there is even more reason to consider a break from the norm and discover Hartford. As well as the beautiful autumnal colours, Hartford also has a new ‘billion-dollar’ district full of great entertainment, hotels and a new science museum. Plus, it has recently undergone vast upgrades to its key attractions and hotels. Norwegian Air has also made the city more accessible by launching a new route from Edinburgh in June 2017.

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A fort in the desert in Almeria, Spain

Almeria, Spain

21% increase in popularity

8% drop in Average Flight Prices

Average Flight Price: £139.05

While Almeria has seen an increase of 21% in popularity this year, this relatively undiscovered corner of Andalucía will become more accessible with British Airway’s new direct flights from Heathrow from 24th March 2018. Almeria is home to great boutiques, lovely beaches and a fantastic nature reserve. This is also a must-visit destination for any Game of Thrones fans. The Golden colours of the dry land of Almeria were used during the shooting of season six of Game of Thrones.

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Chinese lanterns

Koahsiung, Taiwan

29% increase in popularity

6% drop in Average Flight Prices

Average Flight Price: £661.40

Kaohsiung has been growing in popularity (29%) and we expect this will continue well into 2018. From the city’s fascinating night markets, which bring together food, shopping and people, to the culture hub, with its vast art centre and music complex, Kaohsiung offers something for everyone. For hikers, there are the views from the new 88m Eye of the Mountain skywalk, and for those looking for a touch of the beach life there are two swimming beaches within the city area. With flight prices down 6%, shaving £93.78 off the average flight price for a couple, Koahsiung is more affordable than you might think.

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The Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, UK

Bristol, UK

26% increase in popularity

7% drop in Average Flight Prices

Average Flight Price: £88.47

Bristol was voted the UK’s best place to live in 2017 for the third time in four years. Whether it’s the murals left behind by the city’s most mischievous street artist, Banksy, that attracts visitors or the excellent nightlife and food scene, Bristol certainly packs it all in and is a great location for weekend breaks.

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A nighttime shot of Toulouse, seen over the river

Toulouse, France

51% increase in popularity

40% drop in Average Flight Prices

Average Flight Price: £92.65

With average flight prices dropping by a staggering 40%, Toulouse is a great-value location for 2018. Although a relatively big city, it has a small historical centre, allowing you to walk to all the most beautiful sights and attractions in comfort. For the ideal, stress-free weekend break, take your time exploring the churches, monasteries and museums of modern to Egyptian arts. When the outdoors calls, stroll along the Canal du Midi or along the Garonne River from the St Pierre Bridge.

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Published December 2017. Prices based on searches in 2016 and 2017.

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