Where to fly: 18 incredible trip ideas for 2018

From the white sandy beaches of Miami, to the beautiful wine chateaux of Bordeaux, these 18 destinations have never looked more appealing. So whether you want to discover a new North American city or head off the beaten track in Europe, start making your 2018 travel plans today.

1. Get into the groove in Amsterdam

The Dutch capital is famous for its sophistication and elegance, but this city also knows how to party. Put on your dancing shoes for your next Amsterdam city break. Book tickets for electronic music festival DGTL and see Floating Points, Jeff Mills, Ireland’s own Mano Le Tough and more.

2. Splash out in Seattle

Our direct flights to Seattle start this May. That means it’s easier than ever to travel to the picturesque Pacific Northwest city. Why not enjoy a different view of the Emerald City?  Hop in a kayak to get a guided tour of cityscapes and wildlife.

Seattle skyline
Seattle skyline

3. Head to Hamburg, the craft beer haven

When you fly to Hamburg , there’s no need to wait until Oktoberfest to celebrate beer. Get a guided tour of the effortlessly cool Ratsherrn Brewery and if the sun is shining, relax outside with a brew. Don’t forget to check out the on-site shop, which boasts hundreds of beers from all over the world.

4. Sips and ships in Bordeaux

Synonymous with top quality wine, no city break to Bordeaux is complete without a few verres de vin. For serious wine lovers, the Bordeaux Wine Festival is an unmissable experience. It features wine from 80 different vineyards and coincides with the arrival of three impressive tall ships from Dublin.

Bordeaux vineyard
Bordeaux vineyard

5. Miami’s hispanic magic

The Magic City has a vibrant Latin American community. And in March, the country’s biggest hispanic festival kicks off in style in Little Havana. Calle Ocho is one of the most hotly anticipated events of Carnival Miami. With 12 stages across 20 blocks, you have to see it to believe it.

6. Join the Milan fashion set

Milan has long been hailed as a global capital for fashion and design. There is no time of the year when this is more evident than Fashion Week. Travel in February and rub shoulders with international models and designers. And you can also get a sneak-peak into the emerging trends for autumn/winter 2018.

7. Learn to bake in Lisbon

If you’ve ever been to Lisbon, you know all about pastel de nata. Those legendary custard tarts are little mouthfuls of heaven available in every bakery and cafe in the city. Take a baking class in Lisbon and learn how you can recreate the morsels of magic at home.

Pastel de nata, Pastéis de Belem
Pastel de nata, Pastéis de Belem

8. San Francisco celebrates diversity

One of the United State’s most liberal cities, San Francisco turns rainbow for Pride every June. Members of the LGBT community and their allies get together for one of the biggest Pride parades in the world. The party atmosphere that takes over the city is electric – a once in a life-time experience.

9. Freewheeling in Lyon

Celebrating 20 years of being designated a UNESCO world heritage site, Lyon has a rich 2,000-year history. See the top sites and get a workout with a bike tour. Don’t worry if you’re not a regular cyclist, these electric bikes make it easy. Choose from a 90-minute jaunt to a full day excursion.

10. Bowled over by Bilbao

Bilbao is full of art and the Guggenheim is the jewel in the crown. An architectural marvel in itself, the gallery has attracted world-famous artists for over 20 years. Don’t miss Jeff Koons’ magnificent 43 foot Puppy standing guard outside.

Jeff Koons' Puppy at the Bilbao Guggenheim
Jeff Koons’ Puppy at the Bilbao Guggenheim

11. Hit a home run in Chicago

If you’re a sports fan, Chicago should be at the top of your travel list. Wrigley Stadium is one of the most iconic ballparks in the country and has been hosting games for over a century. Visit in July and catch the Chicago Cubs taking on bitter rivals the St Louis Cardinals.

12. Bruges’ intricate treasures

Just 90 minutes from Brussels Airport, Bruges is an ideal location for a city break at any time of the year. This beautiful city is known for traditional crafts and lace makes one of the prettiest souvenirs. Head to ‘t Apostelientje for handmade and vintage fancies.

Bruges River Belfry
Bruges River Belfry

13. Feel the Barcelona beat

Are you a music lover looking for an excuse to travel? Look no further than Primavera Sound Barcelona. Every year, the line-up is packed with incredible indie and electronic acts. The catch? It almost always sells out. Get ahead of the curve and book now.

14. Old world New York

New York has always been a melting pot, with residents from all over the world. Discover the stories of its immigrants in the Tenement Museum. Choose from a series of tours in reconstructed dwellings, including the poignant Irish Outsiders.

15. Delve deeper in Berlin

From the beautiful Brandenburg Gate to the moving East Side Gallery, Berlin is full of extraordinary things to see and do. It’s a city to be enjoyed over and over again. Take a unique view of the city with an underground tour of a 130-year-old gas bunker, Cold War escape routes and more.

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

16. Philadelphia party time

The historic city of Philadelphia is the perfect backdrop for Independence Day celebrations. Wave a flag at the parade and attend the country’s biggest free concert at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Expect fireworks, stars and stripes.

17. Frankfurt calling

With its welcoming apple wine taverns and a fabulous array of first-rate museums, Frankfurt is well worth a flying visit. Don’t miss the Museum for Communication, which has just opened a new exhibition space.

Old Town, Frankfurt
Old Town, Frankfurt

18. Budapest’s final winter fling

Carnival is a big deal in Hungary. Come to Budapest before Pancake Tuesday and find out why. Known as Farsang, this is your chance to wave goodbye to winter. Grab your flights to dance the night away at masquerade balls and sample delicious carnival doughnuts.

Find great value flights to the above destinations with Aer Lingus.