The world gets smaller and smaller every year as our friendly pan-global airlines stretch their reach further and further across the planet.
And 2018 will be no different with a host of carriers serving the UK announcing new flight routes to woo British travellers.
From short city hops to long-haul slogs, here are some the best.
1. Nashville, Tennessee, US
Hit the Honky Tonk Highway with BA’s latest transatlantic route, which David Casey from RoutesOnline says is of huge significance to the Tennessee city, being its first direct link across the Pond. Our destination expert Douglas Rogers recommends perusing vinyl at Third Man Records, the store of Jack White’s eponymous label, sipping cocktails at the Pinewood Social and hanging out with old timers in cowboy hats at 3rd & Lindsley. BA will fly the route with its 787 Dreamliners.
2. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Part of Norwegian’s global expansion plans into low-cost, long-haul, its route to the Argentinian capital from Gatwick (from £279.90 one-way) is its first foray into South America – flying on its 787 Dreamliners. As well as a starting point for a journey exploring the continent, south into the wild drama of Patagonia, west to the winelands of Mendoza, and north into Uruguay, Buenos Aires is “bright, colourful and a meat eater’s paradise,” says the one and only, Chris Tarrant.
3. Seattle, Washington, US
“A new destination for Manchester, increasing the airport’s number of non-stop US routes for next summer to 13,” said Casey, of the route to be flown on Thomas Cook’s Airbus A330s. “In addition to the city being an attractive leisure destination, it is also a summer gateway for cruises going to Alaska.” An icon of west-coast America, Seattle, though occasionally a little rainy, is Washington’s biggest city and a haven of food and culture. Visit the Museum of Pop and Culture (MoPOP; mopop.org) for a history of the city’s grunge heritage.
BA returns to the Indian Ocean archipelago after a 14-year break, for a twice-weekly service between March and October. It will be the first direct service to the Seychelles from the UK, meaning flights from London will take 10 hours, rather 13 with a connection in the Middle East. Sensational sealife, remarkable sunsets and the presence of giant fruit bats are just three of many reasons to plan a visit.
5. Lviv, Ukraine
The birth of this route from Wizz is the result of Ryanair scrapping plans to introduce new services into Kiev and Lviv. “Wizz Air has clearly seen this as an opportunity and has decided to relaunch its Lviv-Luton service,” says Casey. The city is sometimes claimed to have the most cafes in the world per capita. Fiona Duncan, after visiting for Telegraph Travel, said: “Though Livivians of today are known for both their fervent nationalism and for their churchgoing, their city has an easy-going, almost frivolous air, filled with university students, embellished by its frothy confection of Renaissance, Baroque, Belle Epoque and Art Nouveau buildings and scented with aromas from its hundreds of Viennese style coffee houses.”