Gracing many 2018 travel lists—from Lonely Planet to Travel and Leisure—is the Mediterranean nation of Malta. And with good reason: this year the capital city Valletta takes the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture. Thousands of artists will descend there for more than 400 celebrations, including everything from incredible art installations to operas.
Sitting between mainland Europe and Africa, this island has a unique mix of cultures that you can explore through its ancient temples, historic fortresses and medieval villages. Jewel of the Seas will visit Malta this year during nine- to 12-night cruises, which also make stops in Rome, Sicily, Athens and picturesque Greek isles like Mykonos and Santorini.
Of all the New Year’s resolutions you can make, “traveling more” is probably your best bet for enrichment and unforgettable adventure. If that’s on your list for 2018, then your best bet to cover off multiple destinations is a cruise. You’ll be able to visit different countries, experience a wide range of activities—and you’ll only have to unpack once!
To jumpstart your travels, we’ve rounded up the best places to visit this year, whether they’ve made the list because of major events, newfound status or just because they’re a great value this year.
Here are the top spots to add to your list, what to see, and the best cruises to get you there.
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