These 6 cities are the hottest vacation destinations for 2018

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1. Maui, Hawaii 2. Barcelona, Spain 3. Bali, Indonesia 4. Amsterdam, Netherlands 5. Lisbon, Portugal 6. Las Vegas, Nevada

It’s a new year, and if adventure or travel is one of your resolutions for 2018, you should probably start planning how you’re going to achieve that goal.

KAYAK has analyzed its search engine data, looking at trends and bookings to compile its 2018 Hacker's Guide. Reviewing all the details from 1.5 billion searches from 2017, the metasearch travel site has compiled the top destinations for the coming year.

If you’re looking to get away and enjoy a new experience, consider joining millions of others visiting these trending travel spots.

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Surfer Rob Burns drops into a large wave during a large swell on January 10, 2004 at Windmills in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

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  Surfer Rob Burns drops into a large wave during a large swell on January 10, 2004 at Windmills in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

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Surfer Rob Burns drops into a large wave during a large swell on January 10, 2004 at Windmills in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Credit: Donald Miralle

Credit: Donald Miralle

1. Maui, Hawaii

It's no surprise that the trendiest travel destination of the year is often compared to paradise. Maui's incredible beaches, impressive surfing waves and beautiful nature attract tourists from around the world. According to the Hacker's Guide, the median ticket price to Maui hovers around $600, with the lowest prices found in September.

Start planning your getaway today!

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The sun sets over the Sagrada Familia on October 22, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

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The sun sets over the Sagrada Familia on October 22, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Credit: Jack Taylor

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The sun sets over the Sagrada Familia on October 22, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

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Credit: Jack Taylor

2. Barcelona, Spain

From the famous architecture of the legendary Antoni Gaudí, to the iconic La Rambla street, Barcelona is a vibrant city sure to satisfy your wanderlust. Brush up on your Spanish and enjoy some tapas while you tour the city's modern and historic districts. Over the next six months, ticket prices hover between $700 and $900 on average, with lower prices available in summer.

What are you waiting for? Your European vacation awaits.

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3. Bali, Indonesia

If you're looking for an exotic and relaxing escape, with a dose of adventure added to the mix, Bali is the perfect destination. Whether looking for zen in a Buddhist temple or wandering the chaotic streets of Denpasar, you should also see the Gunung Agung volcano. With the average airfare ranging between between $800 to $1,000, the ideal time to travel – according to price predictions – is in January, February or November.

Today is the day to begin arranging your adventure!

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Floral vandals take to the streets of Amsterdam to mark the opening of botanically inspired Kimpton De Witt hotel on June 8, 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Kimpton De Witt hotel)

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 Floral vandals take to the streets of Amsterdam to mark the opening of botanically inspired Kimpton De Witt hotel on June 8, 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Kimpton De Witt hotel)

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Floral vandals take to the streets of Amsterdam to mark the opening of botanically inspired Kimpton De Witt hotel on June 8, 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Kimpton De Witt hotel)

Credit: Tristan Fewings

Credit: Tristan Fewings

4. Amsterdam, Netherlands

It might be best-known for legalized marijuanaand prostitution, but Amsterdam offers so much more. This picturesque city is home to many fascinating cultural institutions, parks and beautiful views around every corner. You'll enjoy every second of walking through the city's colorful streets. If you're staying any length of time, you can also take advantage of the "I amsterdam" City Card, granting you access to all the city's museums and public transportation.

Plan your trip in the spring or autumn for the best ticket prices.

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A scenic view of the Marques de Pombal in Lisbon, Portugal on July 28, 2009. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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 A scenic view of the Marques de Pombal in Lisbon, Portugal on July 28, 2009. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Credit: Bruce Bennett

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A scenic view of the Marques de Pombal in Lisbon, Portugal on July 28, 2009. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Credit: Bruce Bennett

Credit: Bruce Bennett

5. Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal's largest city and capital sits picturesquely on the country's coastline. From historical landmarks such as the Belém Tower and São Jorge Castle, to the modern Lisbon Oceanarium, there are so many exciting things to discover and see. The LX Factory is also a trendy cultural hub. Part art space, part food market and boutique, it's a true hipster enclave. Throughout the year, prices fluctuate between $600 and $900, with the best deals found in February and November.

Your vacation awaits!

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A general view of the show outside of the Bellagio Resort & Casino on March 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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 A general view of the show outside of the Bellagio Resort & Casino on March 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Credit: Bruce Bennett

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A general view of the show outside of the Bellagio Resort & Casino on March 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Credit: Bruce Bennett

Credit: Bruce Bennett

6. Las Vegas, Nevada

Less of a journey than some of the more exotic trending destinations, Las Vegas will still provide you with all the excitement you're looking for. Whether you want to play blackjack, dance all night or hit the slot machines, there's always something waiting to grab your attention. Of course, considering it's a lot closer to home, ticket prices are much more affordable ranging between $200 and $300 all year long.

Remember, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. So, book your ticket today!

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