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Fellow travelers, it’s not too soon to start thinking about your 2018 itineraries. 

Steven Scholnick is. He’s planning a trip to Europe with his wife next summer to celebrate their 50th birthdays, with stops in Amsterdam and Dublin. “I expect a larger police presence at popular destinations,” says Scholnick, a software engineer from Pittsburgh. 

He should. With next year’s travel season just around the corner — spring break is only a few weeks away — travelers and experts are assessing the 2018 travel landscape. And while safety remains a top concern, other surprises await.

Prices are headed higher. First, get ready to pay a little more next year. Global airfares are expected to rise 3.5% in 2018, while hotel prices will climb 3.7%, slightly higher than the predicted 3% inflation rate, according to the travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel and the the Global Business Travel Association Foundation. It’ll pay to plan ahead.

Caribbean alternatives. With many popular islands damaged or almost destroyed by this season’s hurricanes, travelers are looking for substitutes. Cyril Lemaire, a digital consultant from Boston, says, after the storms attention shifted to other warm-weather destinations. His client, the Spanish island of Tenerife, was among them. “They’ve seen a 350% increase in our website traffic since the hurricane(s),” he says. 

Going north. Experts say northern destinations like Alaska, Canada, Iceland and the Nordic countries are hot in 2018. It’s easy to see why. Not only are they considered safer, but they are also pretty, or as Haisley Smith, a vice president of travel agency Brownell says, “100% Instagram-able.” Oh, and expensive. While the scenery and experiences are spectacular,” she adds, “so are the prices.” Book early for the best discounts.

Avoiding hotspots. For 2018, many international travelers say they’re steering clear of potential hotspots. One country that keeps coming up: Turkey. With a recent visa dispute and conflicts with other European neighbors, people with plans to visit the region are reconsidering. Chris Backe and his wife are having reservations about their extended…