8 Islands You Need to Visit in 2018
Whether you want to kick back with a glass of cocktail in hand or hike through the misty mountains, these island escapes will have you wanting more.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
The Isle of Skye is one of the most enchanting destinations, complete with misty mountains, ancient castles and unspoiled landscapes. The entire island feels like a fantasy novel for outdoor adventurers. You’d want to spend some time here hiking around a few mythical destinations like the Fairly Glen, Fairy Pools, The Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr.
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
If you’re looking for a quiet beach destination in the Caribbean, look no further than St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Over 60% of the island is protected as part of Virgin Islands National Park. Trunk Bay may be one of the famous beaches on the island, there are lesser-known but equally impressive beaches scattered all over.
Tip: Once you’re done exploring this island, hop on a quick ferry ride to the nearby British Virgin Islands.
Palawan Island, Philippines
Sugar-white sand, world-class scuba diving, lush jungle, crystal clear water and towering limestone cliffs draw visitors to Palawan Island in The Philippines. It was recently voted the number one island in the world by several travel publications and it’s not hard to see why. The downside of visiting Palawan? You’ll never want to leave.
Lofoten Islands, Norway
Located north of the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten Islands are a year-round destination. Come experience the midnight sun during the summer, where you’ll have 24 hours of daylight – perfect for hiking in the mountains. Visit during the winter to go whale watching and witness the magnificent aurora borealis.
Kauai, United States
Known as the Garden Island, Kauai is a fairly quiet destination as it receives fewer visitors per year than Maui, Oahu or the Big Island. This quaint island isn’t short of scenery though. From the dramatic views of Hanalei Bay to the Na Pali coast, there are plenty of outdoor activities and amazing viewpoints, making Kauai one of the most magical destinations.
From blue-domed churches to the striking ocean-front cliffs, there’s no other place on Earth quite like Santorini. Spend your days hiking, wine tasting, shopping the local art galleries or simply relaxing by the beach. In the evening, make your way to Oia for one of the most romantic sunsets in the world.
Tip: Your trip can easily be extended by visiting nearby islands such as Naxos, Mykonos, Paros or Ios.
This tiny country in the Indian ocean consists of 1,200 islands, but only 200 of which are inhabited. Getting to the majority of the resorts in the Maldives is an adventure, with international flights arrive at Malé International Airport, followed by a seaplane flight to the resort’s private island. Once there, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a postcard, as most of the islands are painted with turquoise blue water and pure white sand.
Zanzibar, Tanzania (note: Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania. There’s some debate as to whether it should be listed under Tanzania)
Zanzibar, located on the eastern side of Africa, is the perfect place to unwind after an African safari. While the beaches are stunning, Zanzibar is also populated with stunning architecture and culture. Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is full of alleyways, colorful markets and an old fort.
By Rebecca Pattee
Rebecca Pattee lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA and escapes the office to travel the world as often as possible. She blogs at www.awayfromoffice.com.