I make no secret of the fact that I love to travel. There's nothing quite like escaping for a little while to explore new places or revisit past favorites to get to know them better. I use points and miles to cover the cost of flights and hotels whenever I can, but I also keep a close eye on airfare and take advantage of cheap flights and travel deals.
Of course, planning travel can be overwhelming. Even before you get into the granular logistical details like flights, lodging, getting from the airport, what to do, and where to eat, you need to settle on something more elemental: where to go.
This can be unexpectedly tricky to figure out. Generally, you have a destination or a set of dates in mind — sometimes both — when you start to plan your next vacation. However, once you have those set, you need to consider things like costs, crowds, climate, and more.
CheapOair, an online travel agency, recently developed a list of top destinations for each month of 2018. The site built the list based on a number of factors, including new airline routes, weather, travel trends, and more, according to Tom Spagnola, the company's SVP of supplier relations.
Take a look at CheapOAir's destinations for 2018, and click here to start planning your own 2018 escapes.
January: Orlando, FloridaAssociated Press
If you've been hankering to check out Disney, Harry Potter World, or any of Orlando's massive and legendary theme parks, January might be the best time of year.
While there's never really an off-season, things should be slightly slower in January as kids head back to school after the holiday vacation, but before winter breaks come around starting in February. According to CheapOair, the smaller crowds translate to lower rates at hotels. There's also the perk of avoiding the hot, muggy Floridian weather that comes around later in the year.
February: Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamShutterstock
Vietnam is rapidly becoming a travel hotspot, according to market research firm Euromonitor. As private and public bodies continue working to improve travel infrastructure and increase tourism, Vietnam's popularity among American and European tourists is primed to explode.
CheapOair recommends traveling to Vietnam now, while things are still reasonably priced and not too crowded. According to Spagnola, "Our data revealed that Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City moved up the rankings in our predicted top international destinations for 2018."
Winter is one of the best times to visit Ho Chi Minh city and explore the country, since temperatures are warm and chances of rain are lower than the summer.
March: Denver, ColoradoFacebook/Vail
March can be a great time for deal-seekers to enjoy skiing vacations. Search around for discount airfare, especially as the ski season starts wrapping up and fewer people are competing for the best prices. As spring approaches, hit the slopes without being too cold, then relax on the deck of your ski resort.
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