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When we think of New Year’s Resolutions, we often think of things we have been putting off - that we don’t enjoy (yet!). Wouldn’t it be much easier to keep your resolutions if it involved something you loved?

Whether you’re after a round-the-world adventure or a short trip(s) closer to home, a new year marks a fresh start and a chance for you to think about where you want to travel over the coming months. We’ve put together some exiting events or sites around the globe that might inspire your 2018 goals:

  1. Take in the legendary fashion of Yves Saint Laurent
    The cultural hub of Morocco, Marrakesh, welcomed the opening of a new museum in late October 2017, dedicated to legendary couturier Yves, who had a villa in Morocco’s Red City and took great inspiration from its colour and style. Off the beaten track for the traditional fashion pack, you’ll feel like you have the expansive grounds to yourself.

    Dates for your itinerary:
    Try March to May and October to November for cooler temperatures, lower fares and hotel prices.
  2. Join the party in Munich
    Marking its 185th year in 2018, Munich’s Oktoberfest is world renowned as the world’s largest folk festival, packed full of delicious food, fresh beer, fairground rides and is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. You can take in the sights, the colourful parades and the variety of traditional Bavarian outfits. Held annually over a two week period. Over 6 million people attend the festival every year, and once you take part you’ll understand why…

    Dates for your itinerary:
    Saturday 22nd September to Sunday 7th October 2018. The fame and popularity of the event, means that transport and accommodation book up early, so plan in advance, if you can.
  3. Be a part of the Pride
    In 2018, Sweden will be hosting EuroPride, Europe’s brightest party. Spanning across three weeks and linking Sweden’s two largest cities Stockholm and Gothenburg, for an unforgettable celebration of equality and joy.

    Here are the dates for your itinerary:
    27th July to 19th August
  4. Get your glad rags on
    Ibiza is the undeniable party heavy weight champion of the world. If you’d like to spend your days lounging by the pool, taking in the sights from the island’s beautiful coastline, and your night dancing with massive crowds to some of the biggest DJ’s on the planet, Ibiza is the destination for you. Ibiza’s Spotlight.

    Here are the dates for your itinerary:
    Opening party takes place in May and the season finishes in September. However, if you’d like to see another side to Ibiza, try exploring the island in autumn and winter.
  5. Relax in the ‘Big Easy’
    New Orleans didn’t get its nickname from nowhere – the people here are extremely welcoming and laid back. Don’t let the name fool you though; the locals of New Orleans call their city the ‘Festival capital of the world’. They aren’t far wrong, thanks to the likes of Mardi Gras, where crowds gather in purple, green and gold for the ‘Greastest Free Show on Earth’ an explosion of colour and fun it really is a once in a life time experience. Also know for its strong musical influence, jazz nights, live concerts and cultural art performances litter the city’s annual events calendar. 

    Here are the dates for your itinerary:
    Mardi Gras takes place on Tuesday, February 13th, but New Orleans is buzzing pretty much all year round.
  6. Throw some tomatoes
    La Tomatina really is something new for most people. It’s quite different to most festivals! The event is held each year in the town of Buñol, Valencia, Spain and dates back to 1945. Festival-goers come from around the globe, don some clothes they’re happy to destroy and spend a couple of hours laughing and throwing tomatoes (over 100 metric tonnes of over-ripe tomatoes) at anyone and anything that moves!

    Here are the dates for your itinerary:
    August 29th
  7. Soak up the atmosphere in France
    A great option for sports enthusiasts is to visit France during the Tour de France. While you won’t get to see all of the Tour by visiting France itself, it’s certainly more atmospheric than watching it at home. If you’re feeling very ambitious, you also have the option of renting a bike and experiencing some of the trails and climbs the riders do!

    Here are the dates for your itinerary:
    July 7– July 29
  8. Keep the fun close to home
    Our very own capital has been recognized by the National Geographic as one of the best places to visit in 2018, and we must say we aren’t surprised. With so much to offer culturally, socially, musically and aesthetically, Dublin is waiting to be explored, and it’s virtually on your doorstep!

    Here are the dates for your itinerary:
    Dublin really shines during the summer months, and can’t be missed in December, when everything twinkles and glitters around you.

Going somewhere new, no matter how close to home, can open your eyes to new places, cultures, languages and people, it allows you to step outside of your comfort zone. If you’re planning to work travel into your goals 2018, make sure that you have your travel insurance sorted, you can learn more about Aviva travel insurance and its benefits here.

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