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Bet you haven't been! 5 unusual spots for trendy travelers to visit in 2018

02 January 2018 - 00:00 By AFP Relaxnews
The Registan was commercial centre of the ancient city of Samarkand, now in Uzbekistan.
The Registan was commercial centre of the ancient city of Samarkand, now in Uzbekistan.
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The diviners at Travel and Leisure magazine have released their picks for the top 50 trending and timely places to visit in 2018. 

Like many other lists by big travel brands, some are predictable - Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the Olympics, for instance - and others are dream destinations that never go out of style, like Fiji and Los Cabos, Mexico. 

Here's a look at a few of their more interesting picks: 

1. UZBEKISTAN 

The death of the country's authoritarian president in 2016 ushered in a new, brighter chapter for Uzbekistan, with a new regime that is intent on taking the nation forward, editors say.

"For intrepid travelers, today's Uzbekistan is a promised land: a Muslim-majority nation that's both safe and affordable, with few tourists and an abundance of well-preserved mosques and harems."

The country is also more accessible thanks to the launch of a high-speed train that began connecting major cities in 2016. Likewise, links to the Persian Gulf and a network through Beijing and Europe are also in perspective. 

The Djema el Fna market place in Marrakesh's medina quarter.
The Djema el Fna market place in Marrakesh's medina quarter.

2. MARRAKESH, MOROCCO 

There is a cultural revival afoot in this richly colorful city.

Along with the opening of the YSL Museum in October 2017, which pays homage to the fashion designer's life and career in Morocco, the city will position itself as a hub for African art as the host of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair at the storied luxury La Mamounia hotel this February.

Edmonton, the capital city of Alberta, Canada.
Edmonton, the capital city of Alberta, Canada.
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3. EDMONTON, ALBERTA

Editors aptly describe Edmonton as Canada's token middle child, flanked by its more popular and glitzier siblings Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. But the opening of a buzzy new restaurant helmed by a Noma alumni that serves traditional indigenous foods, the Butternut Tree, and the new Royal Alberta Museum will nudge the city into the spotlight, editors predict. 

The old town Budva in Montenegro.
The old town Budva in Montenegro.
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4. MONTENEGRO 

Is Montenegro the new Croatia? That's what Travel and Leisure seems to think. "Long overshadowed by its neighbor to the northwest, Montenegro is ready for the spotlight."

Proof of the country's rising popularity? A flurry of new luxury properties set to open this year, including One&Only Portonovi, a resort that will overlook the Adriatic Sea and feature 140 villas, residences, tennis club and spa. 

Like its Balkan neighbors, Montenegro boasts its own beaches and medieval villages, minus the crowds. 

A panoramic view of Mexico City.
A panoramic view of Mexico City.
Image: 123RF/ Marcelo Rodriguez

5. MEXICO CITY 

As the 2018 World Design Capital - a first for the Americas - Mexico City is given pride of place in Travel and Leisure's top 50 list.

According to the World Design Organisation, the city is a model for other megacities, with programs like bike sharing, urban gardens, parks and playgrounds, and regeneration designs aimed at transforming low-income areas around the city. 

For the complete list, visit travelandleisure.com.

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