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The 26 best places to travel in 2018

Whether you travel for great food, craft brews, adventure or culture, these are the destinations that should be on your list.

Whether you have a few days of vacation or several months, there are hundreds of destinations to consider in 2018. But which ones are worth your while? Mic set out to highlight 26 of the best places to vacation this year. We scoured the globe and sorted our top getaways into six categories: value and relative affordability, cultural significance, exciting food scenes, destination-worthy craft beers, opportunity for adventure and long weekend excursions.

Among our finds: a northern destination that could be the next Iceland, America’s new beer capitals and a European island getaway that’s four hours from the East Coast. No matter your vacation style or budget, there’s never been a better time to see the world.

Where your money will go the furthest

Great value and easier access make these spots a steal in 2018.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

A new reason to add Amsterdam to your Europtrip in 2018: Come spring, Eurostar will launch a new direct service from London to Amsterdam (and back). The journey takes around four hours on the high-speed train, making getting to Amsterdam worlds easier. There’s even a service that drops your luggage off at your hotel, meaning you can make the most of every minute.

After arriving in Amsterdam’s Centraal Station, head to the windy, canal-split streets of Jordaan and shop the boutiques lining the narrow lanes of 9 Streets, or visit the salient Anne Frank house (buy tickets online to save hours in line). One of the best ways to see the city is a canal tour, which will be full of fascinating history but also give you a sense of the locals’ quirky sense of humor. You won’t have trouble finding a good place to try Dutch fare, from fluffy poffertjes (bite-sized pancakes) to high-quality Gouda — plus an overwhelming number of irresistible cheese shops to sample from.

But if you’re willing to venture a bit outside the city center, reserve a dinner at Restaurant Blauw for rijstafel, or rice table — an elaborate spread of Indonesian dishes that will not disappoint. — Kate Bratskeir

Azores, Portugal

The Azores, an archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic, aren’t the easiest place to reach from North America — strange, considering they’re less than four hours from Boston by plane. Thanks to the relative lack of flights, the Portuguese islands haven’t been overrun by a stampede of American weekenders and stopover warriors. (Our sincerest apologies to Iceland.) That’s about to change, as Azores Airlines’ Ponta Delgada has started flights from Providence, Rhode Island, and Delta Air Lines will kick off a direct service out of New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in May.

At first glance, there are parallels between the mid-Atlantic isles and Hawaii. The nine Azorean islands teem with volcanic activity, bubbling with mud pots and punctuated with craters. The twin lakes of Lagoa das Sete Cidades, remnants of a dormant volcano on São Miguel Island, are a photographer’s dream come true, with vivid greenery framing the deep malachite water. And much like the Pacific cousin, there are sailing, diving and paragliding outfitters.

But that’s where the similarities end. Aside from a decidedly cooler mid-Atlantic climate (the year-round temperatures range between ), the Azores offer distinct viniculture with varietals like Verdelho and Terrantez. In fact, the wine cultivation here is so unique that UNESCO bestowed the to Pico Isand, where rock walls crisscross the

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