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18 Best Places to Travel in 2018

Condé Nast Traveler Logo By CNT Editors of Condé Nast Traveler | Slide 1 of 19: Ethiopia—home to a 1,700-year-old Christian civilization, the birthplace of modern humans, and the coffee bean—is climbing back onto the international stage with an assist from China, which has gotten busy building new highways across the country and finishing a new airline terminal in the capital of Addis Ababa, seat of the African Union. It's more feasible than ever to use Addis as a base to explore what the rest of the country has to offer. To the north, the “historical route” connects Aksum, the fourth-century home of the Ark of the Covenant, to the medieval castles of Gondar, as well as the 12th-century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and the grass-roofed monasteries of Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile. In the south, the Omo Valley is home to a diverse and vanishing number of tribes in a landscape that’s lush and raw and the Danikil Depression, reachable by helicopter, the hottest and one of the deepest places on earth. With so much to see, make sure to take some time in Addis, too: to view the famous skeleton of Lucy at the National Museum, drink a macchiato at Tomoca Coffee, share a plate of injera, the teff flatbread used to eat stewed meat and veggies, and sample the hopping Ethio-jazz scene in one of the city’s historic night clubs. —Alex Postman

There's a phrase we like to use at Traveler to describe the rise of a destination: "It's having a moment." It comes up a lot. Our goal with this annual list is to tell you where we think you should go, right now. Before the Antarctic ice recedes, or the crowds discover the Azores. These 18 editor-endorsed destinations are the best places to travel this year.

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