Forbes contributor Ann Abel, who has been travel writer and editor for 15 years, picks these 10 cities, after asking experts at several high-end travel companies, as the coolest cities ones to visit in 2018. Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, is one of them. 

By Ann Abel (Forbes)

The world keeps getting bigger. Every serious traveler I know says their wish list grows longer, not shorter, every time they dip into a new region or hear about where someone else has been. And now, cities that were recently mere jumping-off points for safaris or beach vacations—or best ignored altogether—are coming into their own.

So what’s worth more than a layover? What’s newly (or still) safe or newly uncovered? What’s hovering between chaos, charming sleepiness and overdeveloped soullessness? Which places will transform us?

I put those questions to experts at several high-end travel companies. These super-agents knows what they’re talking about, keeping their ears on their clients’ interests and their eyes on the adventures they themselves have in every corner of the world. Here’s what on their radar for this year.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

“Many travelers fly into Addis Ababa and then head straight out,” says Tom Marchant, the cofounder and owner of Black Tomato. “They’re missing out on all the vibrancy of this stunning African city.” Home to more than 80 nationalities, it’s a cultural epicenter and gateway to an ancient world. “Skipping out on the capital is akin to skipping out on the very fabric of Ethiopia.” The fascinating Ethnological Museum is one of Africa’s top museums, but the real hidden highlight of Addis is its late-night scene, which is hosted in atmospheric underground jazz clubs. “Close an evening with Ethio-jazz and discover a fusion of traditional music, Afro-funk and jazz.”

Nagasaki, Japan

Don George, GeoEx’s Japan expert, recommends this city for its “rich mix of history and culture. In addition to having the poignant atomic bomb memorial, Nagasaki was one of two places where foreigners were allowed during Japan’s three-century isolationist period.

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