From book capitals to centenarians and anniversaries, landscapes to discover, adventures to begin, cities to return to, and so one by one, the traveling trends of next year. So you do not stay at home!Siam Reap, in memory of the genocide in CambodiaThe status of Hollywood star has allowed Angelina Jolie to fight as an activist against child poverty.
Cambodia was the first country that caught his attention. In this sense, his most recent contribution has been the feature film “They took him away: memories of a Cambodian girl” (“First They Killed My Father”), a true story set in the terrible era of the Khmer Rouge and based on memories of the Cambodian activist Loung Ung. The film will represent the country in the next edition of the Oscars, in the category of non-English speaking films.
The city of Siam Reap, with its gardens and pagodas, strives to leave behind the nightmare of the Khmers; But not forgetting. A few kilometers away is the fabulous archaeological complex of Angkor.South Africa, on the centenary of the birth of Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa was born on July 18, 1918.
His struggle was key against Apartheid, and the United Nations decreed his birth as the “Day of Mandela”, in memory of his important legacy. This year, in addition, one hundred years of his birth are fulfilled, the reason why of all the country different acts in his memory will be celebrated.Vienna in memory of European modernismThe capital of Austria, on the banks of the Danube and at the foot of the Alps, was the perfect setting for the artistic development that occurred with the Viennese Secession. Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser and Otto Wagner, three protagonists of the movement that relates to the modernism of the time, died in 1918. To remember the centenary of their deaths, the most important museums in Vienna prepare different exhibitions that will surely become a better plan for an urban getaway during the year.
In case cultural incentives are lacking, the new Weltmuseum in Vienna, the largest ethnographic museum in the country, has just opened its doors.Russia and the Soccer World CupOn June 14, 2018, is marked in the calendar of the most football fans. It is the start date of the World Cup, and this year the ball will run through Russia. The Luzhniki Olympic Stadium, in Moscow, will host the match in the final. Eleven cities host the stadiums in which the different countries will play their pass to the final. Moscow and St. Petersburg, the city of the Tsars, will be the most sought-after destinations; but, without a doubt, it will be a great opportunity to visit other cities such as Kaliningrad or Volvograd (the old Stalingrad).
Sevilla in the Murillo YearThe Murillo Year, which commemorates the 4th centenary of the birth of the Baroque painter, has begun strongly. For the first time, the visitors of the convent of the Capuchins will be able to contemplate the altarpiece in all its splendor, one of the masterpieces of the great artist. Exhibitions, such as that of the Museum of Fine Arts, and two interesting urban itineraries, will give us the opportunity to see Seville with the eyes of Murillo.To Sydney to go to the OperaForty-five years after its inauguration, the Sydney Opera House, one of the most beautiful auditoriums in the world and the main emblem of Australia’s most cosmopolitan city, is under renovation. The works affect its interior, mainly to the improvement of acoustics and access; but not to the outside, which continues to shine in the incomparable setting of Sidney Bay. The building was declared a World Heritage Site in 2007 and is covered with more than a million titles that give it its unmistakable white color.
Athens as the Book Capital of the WorldThe cradle of Mediterranean culture received the nomination of “World Book Capital” with immense joy. All help is welcome to get out of the economic crisis that hit Greece hard. UNESCO recognizes with this annual title a city that stands out especially for its bookish culture. This year they highlighted the richness of the program of activities around reading and writing, with concerts, thematic exhibitions, poetry recitals and workshops for professionals in the book industry, which Athens presented, and which all will enjoy.
Walking through JordanJordan has been promoting a biblical route along the Way of St. James for some years. The Jordan Trail crosses the country from north to south through more than 600 kilometers, in an eight-stage and forty-day route. The journey begins in the ancient city of Um Qais and ends in Aqaba, on the shores of the Red Sea. And, of course, it is an opportunity to reach Petra, the capital of the Nabateans and one of the seven wonders of the modern world, in a different way.Ruaha National Park, TanzaniaThe population of African lions has decreased by 90% in the last century. For many of these mammals, the Ruaha National Park has become the only possible home. This park is one of the largest in Tanzania, second only to the Serengeti National Park.
Sustainable tourism initiatives help visitors on safari to see the big cats, some grouped in groups of 30 or more while working on the preservation of wildlife around the park.All the culture in Valletta, MaltaThis year, the smallest capital of the European Union becomes the cultural capital of 2018. The beauty of Valletta, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1980, will be added, therefore, a large number of events scheduled throughout the year. Perhaps, there is no other place in the world with more cultural density per square meter than the capital of Malta.Discover Tbilisi, the capital of GeorgiaThe capital of Georgia, on the coast of the Black Sea, is practically unknown among European cities. By geography, on the border between Eastern Europe and Western Asia, it is usually classified as Asian.
The vertiginous growth of Tbilisi has left the grayness of Soviet times in exchange for a vibrant city that is the sum of different traditions, such as Persian, Arabic, Byzantine, and Russian. Without a doubt, a real discovery for 2018.Malmoe, a trip with a lot of flavorsThe third largest city in Sweden is a gastronomic destination.
Avant-garde architecture, design, gastronomy and ecological awareness make it a key destination that enamors the lifestyle. The basis of its cultural richness and dynamism lies in the great ethnic diversity and youth of the population: according to statistics, in the city’s register there are a total of 179 nationalities and one in every two inhabitants is under 35 years old.Jujuy, a province to discover ArgentinaIn the extreme northwest of Argentina, we find the province of Jujuy. The vast expanse of the country, divided into 23 provinces, makes the territory a sum of discoveries, as, for example, the Hill of the Seven Colors, in Purmamarca. Wealth richness and beauty of landscapes as claims to take a perspective not so well known in Argentina.
Ethiopia, a route for its cultural heritageFor many, Harar, the walled city of Ethiopia, is the most surprising city in East Africa. It is located in the Harari region and travelers usually do not include it in their routes. Known as the “city of the saints” it has 82 mosques, three of which date back to the 10th century. In recognition of its cultural and historical heritage, it is considered the fourth holiest city in Islam, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2006.
Once visited, crossing Ethiopia, the country of the Blue Nile, towards the north, we reached Lalibela, a city famous for the churches carved into the rock, also a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, since 1978.Dublin, because it’s always good to go backTrue, the capital of the Republic of Ireland is not a discovery; but that does not mean that it ceases to be an ideal destination for 2018. On the contrary, its streets, squares, pubs, a pint of Guinness, or, why not, live an authentic “St Patrick’s Festival”, are planning more than appetizing. In addition, the hospitality of the Irish and cultural festivals, such as the famous Bloomsday, in memory of one of the most important works of James Joyce, and, as new this year, the new Irish Museum of Emigration and the renovated National Gallery of Ireland, will give us one of those urban getaways that we cannot deny.