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Although we are barely on the cusp of the holiday season, it is never too soon to begin considering the destination of your next vacation. This is a commonly held perspective by those who have a passion for traveling, which is precisely why so many travel websites and experts have already begun buzzing about the next great travel destinations for the new year.

While such forward-thinking may be premature, planning this far ahead of time may prove to be more beneficial, as travelers can secure better deals on hotels, resorts, transportation, activities and excursions, and so on.

With that in mind, let us take a look at some of the best travel destinations for 2018.

Alaska, United States

It is no secret that Alaska is one of the greatest gems in the United States. With a diverse topography that displays the best of mountain ranges, snow-laden valleys, and even iceberg sprinkled waters, it is the perfect destination for those who are more adventurous and rough-and-tumble than others.

Plus, seeing as the state has added flight links to major cities in North America and Europe — and even improved the size and variety of their cruise liners — it is now easier to access and visit Alaska than ever before.

Southern United States

Another region worth visiting in the United States is, without a doubt, the sprawling south. Loaded with charming towns, cobblestone streets, welcoming locals, and rich history, the atmosphere of this area is bound to make you wish you could stay forever.

Additionally, with 2018 marking 50 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., many civil rights-focused sights and memorials have opened in honor of the Civil Rights Movement and all who were involved. If you choose to make the southern United States your vacation destination, be sure to visit the site of Dr. King’s assassination in Memphis, which is being transformed into the National Civil Rights Museum.

Nova Scotia, Canada

Not too far off the coast of Maine lies the peninsula and islands of Nova Scotia. This luscious strip of land is perfect for every member of your family, as it offers unique activities, sights, and excursions. Visit the Halifax Botanical Gardens, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, hike along the Cabot trail, take the family whale watching, visit the Halifax Citadel, or even play a game of golf by the shore. Regardless of what you choose to do, you will likely make memories in Nova Scotia that last a lifetime.