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The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2018

Travel + Leisure Logo By Travel + Leisure Staff of Travel + Leisure | Slide 1 of 51: <p>This German town lays claim to not one but two of the world’s greatest opera houses. Most music lovers know about the acoustically perfect <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/7876402/type/dlg/sid/TLLIFEG1WTG2018/https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g187295-d243401-Reviews-Festspielhaus-Bayreuth_Upper_Franconia_Franconia_Bavaria.html">Bayreuth Festspielhaus</a>, built in 1876 by composer Richard Wagner as the home for his summer music festival. But the city also contains the grandest Baroque theater in the world, the <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/7876402/type/dlg/sid/TLLIFEG1WTG2018/https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g187295-d243405-Reviews-Markgrafliches_Opera_House-Bayreuth_Upper_Franconia_Franconia_Bavaria.html">Margravial Opera House</a>, built between 1744 and 1748 by Princess Wilhelmina of Prussia. Named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2012, the theater has been closed for repairs for the past six years. It reopens in April 2018 with a performance of Artaserse by the 18th-century German composer Johann Adolph Hasse (<a href="https://www.theaterakademie.de/en.html">tickets</a> go on sale in February). Bayreuth also makes an excellent starting point from which to explore the rest of the region, famous for its hundreds of Bavarian biergartens and vineyards producing internationally renowned Franconian wines. —Christopher Tkaczyk</p>

Travelers today are more aware than ever of all the world has to offer. It’s thrilling to be confronted with so much possibility — but daunting, too. Each year, we curate a list of the best places to travel in the months ahead.

Our travel experts — from travel writers around the globe to T+L's A-List travel advisors to our own editors — offer their recommendations. Then, we take a look at what places are now at the forefront of the global conversation, whether for new hotels and museums or major international events. In any given year, the cities and countries we recommend as the best places to travel in the world have a lot going on. And of course, we think about those travel destinations that are perennial favorites to determine which ones are reinventing themselves, ensuring there’s always something new to explore.

Whether you’re after heart-stopping adventure, a close-up look at history, or the perfect meal, these are the 50 best destinations to discover in 2018. If you already know where you're going, share your plans with us on social media with #TLBestPlaces.

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