Every New Year brings a lot to look forward to and 2018 could see you attending a Royal Wedding in London in May, and jetting off to St Petersburg for the FIFA World Cup in June. To make sure you don’t miss out on the top places to visit this year, we highlight the major destinations to visit in 2018, and what you should pack for your trip.
Your first trip in 2018 should be to Venice to experience their annual carnival. Masks, music and magic is what you can expect from this historic event. Thomas Cook has a range of holiday packages to this magical city.
If you’re going during the carnival and plan to partake in the festivities, top of your packing list should be a killer dress and shoes, as well as the obligatory mask to finish off the outfit. Don’t worry if you can’t find a mask before you leave, Venice has shops and stalls that sell masks in their hundreds.
Silver grey sequin Bardot fishtail dress £34.99 at Quiz
Showcase petite Lila maxi dress £70.00 at Dorothy Perkins
AX Paris pink crochet detail maxi dress £40.00 at New Look
May 2018 will see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marry in St Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle on the 19th. For those around London, this will be a day trip, but for anyone travelling to London for the big event you will need to book your accommodation soon. Previous Royal Weddings have seen people flock to London from around the globe to try and catch a glimpse of the bride and groom on their big day.
While you’re not likely to get an invitation to the wedding, there’s no reason you can’t dress up and have a party of your own. For the ladies this means decadent dresses and stylish hats.
Lace double layer pleated dress £20.00 at Bonmarché
Jane Norman floral multiway maxi dress £49.00 at Peacocks
Dark green lace sleeve wrap dress £11.99 at New Look
Nude and silver glitter bodycon dress £34.99 at Quiz
Nude bow fascinator £11.40 at Dorothy Perkins
Silver crystal embellished leaf headband £10.49 at New Look
Pink diamante occasion alice band £5.00 at Peacocks
Cream bow curl fascinator £4.99 at Quiz
From June to July national soccer teams from around the world will participate in the FIFA World Cup in Russia, with a lot of the action taking place in St Petersburg. While soccer fans will love to watch the games live, there are a host of other sites to visit including landmarks and museums. While it will be summer, the weather can still be mild in St Petersburg at that time of year, so make sure to pack a jacket that you can throw on with any outfit.
Reebok classic windbreaker jacket £55.00 at JD Sports
Karrimor urban weatherlite jacket £35.00 at Sports Direct
The Tour de France takes place in July, ending in Paris. This isn’t only a trip for cycling enthusiasts, and Thomas Cook can help plan your trip, with deals on travel and accommodation.
The most important things to pack for your trip to Paris, and to enjoy the end of the Tour de France, are sun tan lotion, a hat and good walking shoes. You will spend a lot of time wandering through the streets of Paris taking in all the sights, so make sure your feet are comfortable and you protect yourself from the sun.
PIZ BUIN One Day Long – long lasting sun lotion SPF30 (200ml) £12.50 at Boots
Nivea Sun protect & moisture sun lotion SPF 30 (200ml) £10.49 at Superdrug
Superdry Solo cap £15.00 at JD Sports
Lonsdale TT Cap Inf83 £4.99 at Sports Direct
Black Fedora hat £5.99 at New Look
Nature V. light grey nubuck £90.00 at Clarks
Reebok royal glide ladies’ trainers £44.99 at Deichmann
Lilley women’s jersey lightweight trainer in black £14.99 at Shoe Zone
Stone knit texture running trainers £13.99 at New Look
In August head to Berlin for your next sports fix, with the European Athletics Championship taking place from 7 to 12 August. This is a great trip for athletics enthusiasts, and while you’re there, add a few extra days to your trip and see the sights. Berlin is considered a cosmopolitan hub, featuring a mix of museums, shops and some great nightlife too.
For your days watching sport, a hat and sun tan lotion are musts, but when it comes to your nights on the town, you can have fun with your wardrobe. Pack a cute pair of shoes to dance in, and a party outfit you can throw on without too much fuss. After all, you’re there to enjoy yourself.
Blue sequin embellished swing dress £29.99 at New Look
Rose gold sequin dress £16.00 at Peacocks
Gold plisse playsuit £13.00 at Primark
Silver sequin diamante dress £36.99 at Quiz
Glitter sandal heel £24.99 at Deichmann
Mayra Ellie heel £29.00 at Clarks
Suedette cross strap block heels (available in multiple colours) £25.99 at New Look
Jane Norman black ankle strap heels £28.00 at Peacocks
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