These Are The Top 10 Travel Destinations For 2018

Get excited to use those vacation days.

The start of 2018 is less than two weeks away. A new year means new adventures, and what better way is there to learn more about yourself and others than to plan a trip somewhere new? 

American Express Travel has released its travel trends forecast and the top 10 travel destinations for 2018 — and its findings show it's definitely going to be an exciting year for travel. To determine what trends and locations will be popular in the upcoming year, Amex surveyed more than 2,000 American respondents, looked into its internal booking data, and sought out expert analysis. 

Based on its findings, American travelers are looking for a more immersive and authentic vacation experience in 2018. Its international bookings are up 44 percent for the first quarter of 2018 and 57 percent of survey respondents said they want to stay with a local while traveling. 

The most important travel goals for 2018? More than half of U.S. respondents cited exploring a new destination that they've never seen before while 25 percent of survey respondents cited learning about history, art, and culture across the globe. Twenty-two percent just want to disconnect from technology, work, and everyday life. 

And the places they're traveling to? 

Below you'll find the top 10 travel destinations for 2018:

1. Bali

2. Costa Rica: San Jose and Liberia regions

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Luis Alvarado Alvarado / Shutterstock.com

3. Dubai

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4. London

5. Portugal: Lisbon and Porto regions

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6. Rome

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Catarina Belova / Shutterstock.com 

7. Tel Aviv

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Sean Pavone / Shutterstock 

8. “Utah-lorado”: Park City, Salt Lake City, Aspen, Denver, and Vail

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9. Vietnam: Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City regions

10. Zurich

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