The Roundup

The Best of 2018: Destinations That Surprised Us

by Team Popupla
Vena Photo courtesy of Vena Cava in Valle de Guadaloupe.

This was a year of unexpected finds, from the Florida Panhandle to the Straits of Malaysia. These are the destinations we were thrilled to discover in 2018. 

South Walton, Florida
Courtesy of Visit South Walton.

Shhh! This Picture-Perfect Beach Community Is Florida's Best-Kept Secret

South Walton, Florida
Located between Panama City Beach and Pensacola, the perfectly planned communities of South Walton, Florida, deliver southern hospitality at the beach. Here's everything you need to know to make a vacation in the Hamptons of the South.

Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
Photo by Carrie Molay.

Hold the Tequila! In Valle de Guadalupe, It’s All About the Vino

Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
If you don't think of Mexico as a wine country, think again. In Valle de Guadalupe, one of the world's emerging wine districts, they're producing delicious and exotic varietals. The new Sonoma? It just might be.

Egypt
Photo by Allison DiLiegro.

Why 2018 Is the Year to Visit Egypt

Egypt
Aside from the Great Sphinx and Great Pyramid of Giza, there’s also the city of the living. Cairo is a thrilling mess of a city, with raucous traffic, buildings the color of desert dust, and 22 million passionate residents. These people led a revolution in 2011 that toppled a regime — and halted tourism. Today, the country is stable and ready to welcome travelers back.

Penang, Malaysia
Photo by Natasha Lee.

Old Meets New in Penang's Photogenic Capital

Penang, Malaysia
George Town, the up-and-coming Malaysian island city, has a buzzy street art scene, historic architecture, and tantalizing food that is drawing travelers from far and wide. Photographer Natasha Lee takes us on a tour of the city she once called home.

Discover More of 2018's Best

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The Hidden Gems
The Best Food Stories
Travelers Who Inspired Us
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