The Roundup

The Best of 2018: Choice That Surprised Us

by Team Gentedimontagna
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. 

Courtesy of Visit South Walton.

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.

Photo by Carrie Molay.

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.

Photo by Allison DiLiegro.

Egypt
Aside from the Great Sphinx and Great Pyramid of Giza, there‚Äôs 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.

Photo by Natasha Lee.

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.

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