We are 12 days into 2018. So far here in Ontario we have had record-breaking snowfalls, a cold snap that froze Niagara Falls over, and today a balmy +11 degrees with rain all day long. What gives planet earth? I guess some growing pains and rumblings to get the ball rolling for the remaining 324 days! With a fresh New Year comes resolutions, dreams, plans, challenges, goals, and of course a wide-range of travels. But where to go? What stamp to acquire? What exotic place to explore? Here is our 100 travel destinations bucket list for 2018. We hope that you can get to at least one of these places within the next 11.45 months.

100 Destinations
100 travel destinations bucket list for 2018

1 – Vanuatu

This delightful little South Pacific Island is ready to welcome travellers again. After being hit with a terrible cyclone in 2015, it has been rebuilding its communities and tourism industry. Approximately 270,000 people live on this little Oceania island and are ready to welcome the curious traveller to learn more about where they call home. Explore the volcanic grounds, step upon their soft sandy beaches, indulge in local cuisine containing rumbia fruit. Explore the Yasur Volcano and snorkel through the beautiful reefs. You will truly love his secluded paradise.

Vanuatu
Vanuatu

2 – Karlovy Vary – Czech Republic

This must-see location was inspired by our favourite movie “Last Holiday” starring Queen Latifah. Grab your skis, button your parka, and prepare yourself to be pampered by the world famous spas, ski facilities, and boutique shopping. Indulge with a signature dining experience, and stay in a stately suite within one of the swanky and elite hotels in the region. Check out the Grand Hotel Pupp. This hotel was featured in Last Holiday, and also Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig.

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

3 – The Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast Australia

Head to the Southern Hemisphere to the Gold Coast Australia to check out the 2018 Commonwealth Games! Witness thrilling sports competitions, exciting local sites, and the buzz of a great global sporting event. The event takes place every four years so get down under to be a part of all the fun! Take in the  swimming, track and field, gymnastics, boating, and many other sports. After taking in the games, relax on one of the 30+ beaches, head up Mt Tambourine for a rainforest retreat, or get your adrenaline pumping on the tallest roller coasters in the country at the theme parks.

2018 commonwealth games in the Gold Coast
2018 commonwealth games in the Gold Coast

4 – Tobermory, Ontario Canada

The Bruce Peninsula in Ontario is a resort town that is full of local charm, personality, and natural beauty. Nicknamed the freshwater scuba capital of North America, Tobermory attracts thousands every summer to get a gander at the famous shipwrecks beneath the surface of the local bay within Lake Huron. Each shipwreck is visible from above and has indeed a story to tell. Nobody died on any of the three boats showcased by tours which also makes it a little less eerie to the traveller. Book your holiday well in advance as accommodations fill up very quickly with minimum 3-night stays.

Shipwreck - Sweepstakes
Shipwreck – Sweepstakes -100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

5 – The Great Wall of China – Beijing, China

I cannot stress enough how special it is to see the Great Wall of China for the first time. It truly is a majestic ancient work of art that needs to be witnessed and seen by all travellers in their lifetime. It is huge, it is an historic masterpiece, and does have lots for travellers to do. Consider the cable car, hiking up the steep areas of the wall, and then tobogganing down at warp speeds. If there is one thing to see before you die, I would say firmly that you must see the Great Wall.

Interested in learning more about the Great Wall? Check out our post here with some great suggestions and tips.

The Majestic Great Wall of China
The Majestic Great Wall of China – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

6 – Salem Massachusetts, USA

This witchly town is such a great spot to travel in the USA. We took the ferry over from Boston and seriously enjoyed the ambiance, the people, the attractions, the shops, the food, and the history. Pay your respects at the witch’s memorial, learn about the tragedy at the museum, marvel at the House of Seven Gables where the Scarlet Letter was first written, and treat yourself to truffles from the Oldest candy shoppe in the USA. If you are a Bewitched fan, you must check out the sites used when filming the Salem Saga as well as the Elizabeth Montgomery statue. Everything is in walking distance, though there is a fab trolley with knowledgeable guides to teach you about this quirky town. Definitely a consideration any time of year. If you go at Halloween, prepare for huge crowds and groups of dedicated Hocus Pocus fans.

Seriously considering a visit to the Witch City? Check out our pointers and recommendations here.

Salem Witch Museum
Salem Witch Museum

7- Arrowtown, New Zealand

This beautiful and quaint mining town just a bus ride away from Queenstown on the South Island, is such a lovely highlight to any New Zealand holiday. Walk through the Chinese village and stop in to one of many charming shops in town. Definitely the highlight for me was taking a stab at panning for gold and actually succeeding. You can try too! Check out our video filmed in Arrowtown, showing you how we panned for gold and just how charming this little town is.

8 – Koh Samui, Thailand

Head to South East Asia to one of the most popular travel destinations in the world – Thailand. While here, head to the beautiful island of Koh Samui for a much-needed dose of Vitamin D, relaxation, and unmatched hospitality. The cuisine is exceptional and beaches, spectacular. If you can fit it in, be sure to head to a luxury spa for the epitome of pampering. You will be glad you did.

Beautiful Koh Samui
Beautiful Koh Samui – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

9 – The Aran Islands – Ireland

Head to Galway right in the heart of the Emerald Isle and take the ferry over to the mystical Aran Islands. Check out the cliff side views, the untouched scenery, and treat yourself to an authentic warm and cozy Aran Island sweater. While there, take a horse ride, rent a bike, and explore the island of legends and leprechaun houses at your leisure.

The Beautiful Aran Islands' Rugged Landscapes
The Beautiful Aran Islands’ Rugged Landscapes – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

10 – Stonehenge, England, UK

Check out the rocks that everyone talks about in the middle of England! Take epic photos, learn about the myths and legends, and become educated on its interesting history. Plus, maybe while there, a UFO will fly by!

Stonehenge - Beautiful Mystery in the UK
Stonehenge – Beautiful Mystery in the UK

11 – New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Head to the home of Blues and jazz! Ever wanted to walk in BB King’s footsteps while savouring some of the best cuisine in North America? If so, head to New Orleans. To make the trip even more incredible, why not time it to be a part of Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras - New Orleans
Mardi Gras – New Orleans

12 – Grand Cayman Islands

This island paradise in the Caribbean is the epitome of beautiful. Crystal clear waters, luxury accommodations, sandy beaches, and a ton of amenities. Snorkel the beautiful reefs, be surrounded by friendly and majestic sting rays, and learn more about the turtles at their conservation turtle farm.

Cayman Islands - Stingray City
Cayman Islands – Stingray City

13 – Adopt a puppy on Puppy Island in Turks and Caicos

Ever heard of a potcake? Well, it is a special dog breed raised and cuddled in the Turks and Caicos islands.

Potcake Puppy
Potcake Puppy from Turks and Caicos
Credit: MsBoyle914

If you are a dog lover, you will want to head to Potcake Place in the heart of Turks and Caicos! Enjoy incredible beaches, resorts with all-inclusive and European plans, hospitality unlike any other, and, the chance to play and cuddle with puppies on the beach! Potcake Place allows visitors to play with puppies on the beach, and if you can, adopt them! These puppies that originated on the Caribbean island, was name after a popular local rice dish. These happy and healthy puppies that get all the medical treatments they need, will warm your heart during your restful holiday. Seriously consider this one!

Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos

14- Cooperstown New York, United States

Are you a baseball fan? Cooperstown is Baseball heaven! Head here and enjoy the Hall of Fame and honour the players of the past who made an impact on the sport through sportsmanship, talent, and unsurpassed major league records. Learn more about some of the truly legendary players as Babe Ruth, Carlton Fisk, Lou Gehrig, and Ted Williams.

Cooperstown New York
Cooperstown New York

15 – Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA

An island with old time charm! With over 300 horses and fewer GP’s than vets, head to the fudge-fused island of banned vehicles and vintage traditions. Enjoy a proper stay at one of the many bed and breakfasts on the island, or splurge and grab a suite at the 130-year old Grand Hotel. Check out the naturally beautiful Arch Rock, and follow the map to all the filming locations of Somewhere in Time. A big fan of the film? Head to the annual festival dressed in early 1900’s couture.

Thinking of heading to Mackinac Island? Learn more from our experience here.

Grand Hotel Taxi Service
Grand Hotel Taxi Service – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

16 – Cherry Blossoms in Japan

Enjoy a floral extravaganza in one of the most amazing countries in the world – Japan! Crowds flock to this beautiful Asian island of pure culture, scenery and culinary excellence to see the blooming of these gorgeous, though short-lived cherry blossoms. While checking them out, why not have a picnic inclusive of sake, sushi, and other incredible Japanese delicacies?

Cherry Blossoms - Japan
Cherry Blossoms – Japan – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

17 – Islas Los Roques – Venezuela

Although Venezuela at the moment is not the safest spot to travel, it does have some incredible spots to see with beautiful sites, scenes, and atmosphere. The Islas Los Roques is a beautiful exotic somewhat secret island gem that has some incredible snorkeling and coral that truly looks amazing in the crystal waters. There are nearly 300 different species of fish to discover as well as the perfect weather for a much-needed winter escape.

Islas Los Roques Venezuela
Islas Los Roques Venezuela

18 – The Winter Carnival – Quebec City, Canada

Embrace the cold with this fun and frolicking celebration of snow and ice! See beautiful ice sculptures, parades, and the event’s favourite mascot – the Bonne homme!

Bonhomme - Quebec Winter Carnival
Bonhomme – Quebec Winter Carnival
Credit: laserpdb

19 – The Silk Road – Eurasia

Head through the incredibly historic and iconic Silk Road. This ancient route was important in the times of the trading of goods and commodities. The ancient route is located in the Eurasia area of the continent and spans through several countries including Uzbekistan. Check out their incredible architecture and mingle with the truly friendly locals. Continue through the horse and silk trading route and learn of all the ancient societies that negotiated deals and trades through the centuries.

Stopping in Turkmenistan while on the Silk Road? Check out our tips to visiting this truly unique country.

20 – The Seychelles

This island paradise has been on the traveller’s radar for ages, but how many have actually taken the plunge and booked a ticket? This beautiful group of over 150 islands in the Indian Ocean is a beautiful pearl of Africa. (I love pearls so I just had to use that gem in particular.) La Digue Island is definitely a must while here – check out the natural boulders, amidst beautifully soft sandy beaches.

Seychelles La Digue Beach
Seychelles La Digue Beach – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

21- Graceland – Memphis Tennessee, USA

Small to today’s standards, but do check out the mansion where Elvis Presley lived in the heart of Memphis Tennessee – Graceland. See his prized possessions, his grand piano, and truly incredible artifacts that shaped him to be the strumming musical genius that he became. Then, head to the local cafe and enjoy a banana and honey sandwich – Elvis’ favourite.

Graceland, Elvis's home
Graceland, Elvis’s home

22 – Zanzibar

A unique island off the coast off mainland Tanzania, Zanzibar, the birthplace of Queen’s front man Freddie Mercury, is a popular destination for travellers. Enjoy tours of Stonetown, local spice plantations, and beautiful beaches ready to welcome you. View the beautiful Arab mosques, forts, and check out the various Swahili markets.

Zanzibar - Swahili Market
Zanzibar – Swahili Market – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

23 – Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre – Sabah, Borneo Malaysia

These beautiful creatures that share 96% of our DNA are dying thanks to humans destroying their habitats in favour of Palm oil plantations. Why not give back to the environment and animal kingdom by heading to this world famous and renowned orangutan sanctuary and support the efforts to increase their populations, boycott palm oil products, and live a more sustainable lifestyle.

The beautiful orangutan
The beautiful orangutan – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

24 – Cappadocia, Turkey

It isn’t Photoshop. Those hot air balloons really are flying all around the ancient ruins in Cappadocia Turkey. View these in person from a luxurious resort, while sipping Turkish coffee. The fairy chimneys are a site on their own with centuries of history to explore.

Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia, Turkey

25 – Rome, Italy

No bucket list would be complete without a trip to the Eternal City – Rome! In particular, make sure you explore and marvel at the Colosseum. It is essential to see this ancient ruin and the heart of this incredible city.

Rome Colosseum
Rome Colosseum – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

26 – Sacre-Coeur, Paris France

Most people will gravitate to the Eiffel tower in Paris. It is important and iconic, clearly required in a Parisian itinerary, but few include the beautiful Sacre Coeur Basilique on their list. This beautiful church was built between 1876- 1914 and has been impressing travellers for centuries. There is a special prayer that is uttered hourly from the pulpit. Try to catch it while there – especially if you are of Christian faith.

Sacre Coeur, Paris
Sacre Coeur, Paris

27 – Ballet in Russia

It is truly the ballet kingdom of the world. No trip to Russia would be complete without taking in a cultural and artistic ballet performance. Go beyond the Black Swan and the Nutcracker and enjoy a truly memorable experience.

Russia Ballet
Russia Ballet

28 – The Dead Sea

It is really tragic, but the Dead Sea is drying up every year. It is not even close to its ancient original size and brings such purifying and health benefits to our health. The phenomenon of floating freely within the healing waters should be on everyone’s bucket list.

The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea

29 – The Blue Hole, Belize

This is such an incredible spot in Central America. The best vantage point of the Blue Hole is of course from an aerial perspective so hop on a helicopter and take some incredible shots from above. Not interested in that? Bring a drone and get those epic shots from sea level.

The Blue Hole - Belize
The Blue Hole – Belize

30 – Horseback Riding – Queenstown New Zealand

Hop on the saddle and check out breathtaking views of the Remarkables mountains in the adventure capital of the world – Queenstown! Meet some equine beauties, some of which have a filmography with cameos in the Lord of the Rings franchise, and breathe in the fresh air surrounding your stir-ups.

Interested in trying it? Check out how much we loved our experience here.

Horse Trekking in Queenstown NZ with Moonlight Stables
Horse Trekking in Queenstown NZ with Moonlight Stables

31 – Easter Island – Chile

Head to one of the most interesting and obscure islands in the entire world – Easter Island. Accessible through only one airline from Chile, Easter Island is the home of the mysterious Moai statues dating all the way back to the 9th century. How did they get there? How could these 800+ statues get carved that long ago? Uncover the mystery!

Easter Island
Easter Island – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

32- Oak Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

This spot has been the heart of a treasure hunt for decades. Legend has it that there is a money pit of buried treasure somewhere on this island and excavators have been searching for it ever since. You must book your time on the island well in advance as the family who privately owns the island only accepts limited numbers of travellers each summer. And while there, the family will host you and take you on a tour to the digging sites for you to see just where the treasure may be. Do you think you have what it takes to find the treasure?

33 – The Kentucky Derby – Louisville, USA

Do you enjoy a good horse race? If you do, than take in the Kentucky Derby annual event. This legendary race has been impressing spectators since 1875. Put on the fascinator, dress up to the nines and bet on your favourite. If you don’t win, the buzz, ambiance, and the traditional mint juleps will still make all the more worth it.

Mint Juleps - Kentucky Derby
Mint Juleps – Kentucky Derby – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

34 – The Valley of the Kings, Luxor Egypt

One of the biggest highlights of a trip to Egypt besides the Pyramids is the Valley of the Kings. While there, you must check out the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and marvel at the tomb of King Tut and his mummy.

Valley of the Kings, Luxor Egypt
Valley of the Kings, Luxor Egypt – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

35 – The Roald Dahl Museum, Great Missenden, England

Fan of the incredible English writer who brought Willy Wonka to the literary world? Head to the museum that celebrates his life and his works in the heart of England. Slip into the glass elevator and grab your golden ticket and head on over to the museum and see the author whose stories are a staple in most children’s libraries.

36 – Swim with Humpback Whales in Vava’u Tonga

Head to this beautiful and remote island in Oceania where you can swim with humpback whales! One of the only places in the world where you can do this safely and ethically, Tonga is the perfect spot to relax, explore, and reconnect with the beauty of the earth.

humpback whale Tonga
humpback whale Tonga

37 – Pebble Lake, Montana, USA

This is just as beautiful as it looks! This gorgeous lake can be found within Glacier National Park in Montana. Enjoy a picnic by the water and peer into the crystal clear lake at pebbles of every colour of the rainbow.

Pebble Lake, Montana
Pebble Lake, Montana
Credit: Alaina McDavid

38 – St Barths

A beautiful and secluded luxury island in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean, St Barths has everything you could want for a truly memorable vacation. Grab a lounger, your favourite cocktail and relax as the tide comes in and soaks your feet. Enjoy premium hospitality and array of amenities. St Barths has everything you could want and deserves its spot on your bucket list.

St Barths
St Barths

39 – Watch a Tribal Performance – Papua New Guinea

Check out the Western Highlands in Papua New Guinea for a truly cultural experience. Hundreds of tribe members give a truly incredible performance and demonstrate their age-old traditions they have been following for thousands of years. At a sing-sing, all the tribe members wear intricate make-up and take part in competitions against each other.

Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea

40 – The Gobi Desert – Mongolia

Head to this remote dry area of the world and enjoy the quiet surroundings of sand and sun. For the most part, the desert is uninhabited and covers over 500,000 square miles. But try spotting the Bactrian camel – the known resident of this dry area of the world with distinctive humps and very shaggy fur.

Gobi Desert, Mongolia
Gobi Desert, Mongolia

41 – Afternoon Tea Double Decker Bus – London, UK

You read that correctly – afternoon tea on a bus! Take a vintage double-decker bus around the main downtown core of London. Choose from a variety of hot beverages including tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and espresso coupled with a beautiful array of pastries, scones, and sweet treats. The travel cup is yours to keep as the guide points out all the iconic landmarks on route including Big Ben, Parliament, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, and Notting Hill.

To read more about this afternoon tea experience, check out our post here.

Afternoon Tea Bus
The incredible Afternoon Tea bus in London, England

42 – The Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

Head to the gorgeous Blue Mountains located 90 minutes outside of Sydney. Check out the sandstone Three Sisters that are instantly recognizable as you absorb the beauty of this playground of forests, greenery, and natural beauty. Feeling adventurous? Why not grab the cable car ride for some of the best views you have ever seen?

Three Sisters, The Blue Mountains
Three Sisters, The Blue Mountains

43 – The Cook Islands, Oceania

Head to Rarotonga for a rejuvenating and secluded holiday. Check out the Muri Lagoon while there and perhaps rent a sailboat for a leisurely ride on the beautiful and reefs perfect for snorkeling stops.

Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Rarotonga, Cook Islands

44 – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

So, Yellowstone is a true must while in the USA. It has acre upon acre of lush grounds, nature, and wildlife along with its iconic geysers including the one and only Old Faithful and the Prismatic Spring.

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park

45 – Saba

This beautiful little island, a boat ride away from Sint Maarten, has some of the most lush rainforests and snorkeling reefs in the Caribbean. Hike to the peak or take a quick flight to experience the smallest and scariest runway in the world. Another cool thing? The island is completely beachless.

46 – Bathtub Island, Lake Superior Provincial Park Ontario, Canada

This beautiful little gem is located in the heart of Lake Superior, the largest of the 5 great lakes. It is not a walk from the beach along the sandbar to this beautiful rocky island that in no way compares to a steamy bath! It is beautiful and worth enduring the chilly water!

Want more details on how to get to Bathtub Island? Check out our post here.

Bathtub Island
Bathtub Island

47 – Gorilla Trekking, Uganda

For an ultimate YOLO experience, head to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to check out the silverback gorilla families. An ethical experience seeing how the gorillas live in their natural environment, permits are limited daily in order to keep the gorillas from getting used to human activity. As well, depending on the natural movements of the gorillas, your experience could happen here, Rwanda, or in the DRC.

Gorilla trekking, Uganda
Gorilla trekking, Uganda – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

48 – Jericho, Israel

Head to Jericho and get baptized exactly where John the Baptist did. For Christians, this would be the ultimate experience. Feel the holy waters upon your skin at the Jordan river and cherish the time spent where the lord walked the earth. It is a commercialized experience now, so do prepare to pay for the baptism.

Jordan River Baptism
Jordan River Baptism – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

49 – Smithsonian Institute – Washington DC, USA

One of the biggest museums in the world is a MUST for everyone. I particularly love seeing such artifacts in pop culture including Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, Archie Bunker’s chair from All in the Family, and other incredible movie and television props. Other known artifacts found in the Smithsonian collection include Abraham Lincoln’s top hat, Amelia Earhart’s plane, and historic documents from the time of Pocahontas.

Smithsonian Institute
Smithsonian Institute – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

50 – Vienna, Austria

Head to Vienna for an incredible smorgasbord of flavours a foodie would die for. Savour a decadent sacher torte, sink your teeth into a cheese-filled bratwurst, and buy a bag of Mozart Balls…trust me on that one.

Read more about our time in Vienna and for some great tips here.

Mozart Statue
The classic Mozart Statue in Vienna Austria – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

51 – Carrick-A-Rede Bridge, Ballintoy, Northern Ireland

This is one of my favourite places and should be on every bucket list. Test the strength of the ropes as you cross the deep gorge beneath you. Don’t look down!

Heading to Northern Ireland? Check out our recommendations for this lovely country here.

Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

52 – Gigli Islands, Lombok, Indonesia

The Gigli Islands are off the coast of Lombok, not too far away from Bali. It is a more secluded and quieter option for those not wishing to be surrounded by thousands of travellers and tourists. Enjoy great snorkeling, delicious food, friendly locals, and gorgeous sunsets. Ecotourists will love the eco-friendly resorts that cater in particular to them along with a top-notch party scene.

Gigli islands, Indonesia
Gigli islands, Indonesia

53 – Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka

Legends surround this incredible mountain in the heart of Sri Lanka. Depending on your faith, the legend changes. For Christians it is believed that this mountain is where Adam was exiled from the Garden of Eden. After enjoying the beautiful scenic and symbolic mountain, head to the world famous elephant sanctuaries and rice plantations.

Adam's Peak Sri Lanka
Adam’s Peak Sri Lanka

54 – Blue City, Chefchaouen Morocco

These famous blue painted buildings of the region of Chefchaouen became a Muslim pilgrimage as far back as the 15th century. Enjoy artistic architecture, unmatched scenery and a culture unlike any other. The blue is simply gorgeous isn’t it!?

Chefchaouen, Morocco
Chefchaouen, Morocco

55 – Versailles Palace, France

I have always been fascinated by Marie Antoinette. What about you? Even if you aren’t at all intrigued by the queen who famously uttered to Let them Eat Cake, at least check out the manicured gardens and the unbelievable Hall of Mirrors.

Versailles, France
Versailles, France

56 – The Military Tattoo – Scotland

Head to the Scottish Highlands for a good helping of haggis and bagpipes with the world famous Military Tattoo. Watch thousands of tartan clad honouring their culture in one of the most incredible displays of music and talent in the world.

Scotland bagpipes Festival
Scotland bagpipes Festival – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

57 – the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, New York City

There is something so magical about New York City at Christmastime. The buzz, the shop windows, the incredible decorations, and most of all, the giant Rockefeller Christmas tree. It is a sight unlike any other, and one that could bring tears to your eyes. Trust me on that one.

To read more about where to see the tree and a great tour showing you the best at Christmastime in NYC, check out our tips here.

Rockefeller Christmas Tree
Rockefeller Christmas Tree – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

58 – Axum, Ethiopia

I love exploring significant landmarks that could trace back to my faith. There have been conclusive studies pointing at Axom as the location of the Ark of the Covenant which holds the tablets with the Ten Commandments held by Moses. I would love to head on an Ethiopian adventure and see anything that leads to this conclusion. What do you think?

Axum Ethiopia
Axum Ethiopia – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

59 – Marquesas Islands

Usually when one thinks of the French Polynesia, Bora Bora or Tahiti comes to mind. But do not overlook the volcanic group of Marquesas Islands that offer up a charm and paradise all its own. Claim to fame amongst many things? Being an artistic muse for many an artist through time.

 

Marquesas Islands
Marquesas Islands

60 – Greenland

Why not emulate the Secret life of Walter Mitty and head to a land that gets very little exposure. It really is a beautiful and happy place! Off the shores of this colourful island are the elusive narwhals – you know the unicorns of the sea. Why not explore the less familiar and indulge in a few days in Greenland?

To learn more about the narwhals and how to view them ethically, check out our post here.

Greenland
Greenland

61 – Mount Everest, Nepal

I bet you were wondering when the highest mountain in the world would appear. Well, as this list is more of a unique list, only a select few obvious landmarks were included. Mount Everest is definitely one of the more daring and thrill-seeking traveller. Train for this one and trek up to the base camp for the ultimate view of the world.

Everest
Everest

62 – Equator Crossing – Laikipia County, Kenya

Take a quintessential photo right at the equator crossing in Kenya! Why not do the traveller thing and put one foot on each side?

Equator Kenya
Equator Kenya

63 – The Trans Siberian Railway

Take this iconic train across Siberia all the way to the heart of Russia. Enjoy stellar views, fresh air, and a very high altitude. The train is indeed a YOLO experience that fuses beauty with a world-famous reputation for being unique and special.

Trans Siberian Railway
Trans Siberian Railway

64 – Oktoberfest

Head to Munich Germany and witness the crazy beer festival that happens every year! Bring on the pretzels, the wenches, the steins. Sport the lederhosen and dirndl and drink a tankard or two. The festival takes place yearly and attracts millions to the infamous beer tents for an experience that will keep the memories flowing that’s for sure. Not too fond of beer? No problem! They have alternative tents for other drinks and delights, have multi-food bratwursts, and a carnival with rides, souvenirs, and games for everyone.

Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest

65 – Rose Festival, Bulgaria

Did you know that Bulgaria exports the most roses and rose products than any other country in the world? Well, they do, and they embrace this fame with a rose festival every year. Head to Sofia to witness floats, performers, and gorgeous rose gardens in celebration of this beautiful flower.

Rose festival, Bulgaria
Rose festival, Bulgaria

66 – Pulpit Rock, Norway

This crazy cliff shows up on many a newsfeed to encourage you to test your height tolerance. But really folks, it does deserve a spot on this bucket list. Do you dare venture to the edge? The views of the Norwegian fjords are spectacular and you will have memories forever on how you conquered fears and doubts of reaching the edge.

Pulpit Rock Norway
Pulpit Rock Norway

67 – The Centre for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta Georgia

This is a must for any fan of puppets! This haven of Jim Henson’s Muppets, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth, and other classics is just what any fan is looking for. And besides featuring original puppets and props from these programs, here you can see other notable characters including Lambchop, Punch and Judy, Gumby and Victor from the Corpse Bride.

To read more about this fantastic museum, check out our post here.

Entrance to the Exclusive Jim Henson collection
Entrance to the Exclusive Jim Henson collection – Centre for Puppetry Arts

68 – Petra, Jordan

This one is on my bucket list. Seeing this ancient architecture carved within rock just fascinates me to no end. I think seeing it at night aglow with candles would be the ultimate. Since the release of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Petra has grown as an epic and must-see destination. Is Petra on your list?

Petra, Jordan
Petra, Jordan – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

69 – The Jain Temples in Jaisalmer, India

This is a truly incredible spot in India. The carving and artistry of these temples is unreal and unlike anything you will ever see. The Jain people are remarkable and so dedicated to their religion. They allow you to enter their temple so long as you respect their customs and regulations.

Want to learn more about travelling to Jaisalmer? Check out our post here.

Jain Temple in Jaisalmer
Jain Temple in Jaisalmer – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

70 – Spot Sloths in Costa Rica

This beautiful spot in Central America is a favourite for a winter getaway. Check out the lush rainforests, vibrant birds and plants, and try to spot the famous and adorable sloths within the trees.

Sloth, Costa Rica
Sloth, Costa Rica

71 – Madagascar

Some of the most incredible and unique animals hail from Madagascar. Check out the beautiful and fascinating lemurs and colour-changing chameleons. Tourism is so important for this African island and their wildlife is one of the biggest draws to their land.

Ring tailed lemur, Madagascar
Ring tailed lemur, Madagascar – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

 

chameleon, Madagascar
chameleon, Madagascar – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

72 – The Lake District, England

Some of the most beautiful countrysides of England are in the Lake District. Explore Beatrix Potter’s home, where she wrote the famous Peter Rabbit books, and indulge in delicious gingerbread.

To learn more about everything the Lake District has to offer travellers, check out our post here.

In front of Hilltop Farm
In front of Hilltop Farm, Lake District – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

73 – Polar Bear and Beluga Viewing, Churchill, Canada

Head up to Churchill Manitoba and watch the majestic polar bears do their thing in their natural habitat! Take a guided tour to the arctic home of Canada’s beautiful bears and become educated on how you can help them survive through global warming.

Polar bear viewing in Churchill Manitoba
Polar bear viewing in Churchill Manitoba

74 – Huahine, French Polynesia

This beautiful island in French Polynesia is one of the more sparse and uncommercialized of all the Society islands. Captain James Cook discovered this civilization that has hardly changed since the discovery. There are resorts and luxury accommodations for those willing to travel even further than the usual French Polynesian Islands, as well as the exotic and exclusivity perfect for escaping the everyday drudge. It is one of the best kept secrets in the South Pacific.

Huahine, French Polynesia
Huahine, French Polynesia

75 – The Salt Flats, Uyuni Bolivia

A salt lake that dried over time, the Salt Flats are a natural phenomenon that all adventurous travellers should experience. Walk across them, take amazing photos, and stay in a hotel made entirely of salt.

Did you know? the Uyuni Salt Flats are nearly 12,000 feet above sea level? You can take a jeep across them and be baffled at the beauty and vastness of this mysterious ancient spot in South America.

Uyuni Salt Flats Bolivia
Uyuni Salt Flats Bolivia

76 – Cozumel

Nicknamed the fertility island, Cozumel, an beautiful island off Mexico is a dream destination for rest, relaxation, and beautiful reefs brimming with fish and wildlife to explore. Grab a margarita and hit the beach with your favourite book, a beach towel, and get ready to work on that suntan.

Cozumel
Cozumel

77 – Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia

Voted #1 for the whitest sand, Whitehaven beach is a gem in Northern Queensland Australia. It is also one of the world’s most beautiful and will keep this accolade with its perfectly soft sand. The clear waters of the South Pacific contrast the brilliance of the sand and make this truly a piece of heaven on earth.

Whitehaven beach
Whitehaven beach

78 –  Crab Fishing, Nordkapp, Norway

Head up to Nordkapp and give crab fishing a try! It really is a fun thing to do and the fishermen give you directions. Once you catch your crab, enjoy a huge barbecue with all the fixings. Supplies, outfits, and all the equipment you need is provided.

Arctic Crab Fishing
Arctic Crab Fishing

79 – The Lost Gardens of Helligan – St Austelle, UK

This gorgeous garden in the South of England is an incredible display of artistry and green thumbs. While there, make sure you pay a visit to the Mud Maid! a sleeping garden maid of grass, rocks, and moss. Close by, enjoy the hospitality of bed and breakfasts and incredible local fish markets.

Gardens of Heligan, Mud Maid
Gardens of Heligan, Mud Maid

80 – Jellyfish Lake, Palau

This natural mystery of a lake brings millions of jellyfish whose stingers no longer work together in a densely populated lake in Palau. Although there are talks of the lake losing huge numbers of the jellies thanks to climate change, Palau continues to put efforts ahead to preserve and maintain the lake and the natural phenomenon that it is.

Jellyfish lake courtesy of Youtube
Jellyfish lake courtesy of Youtube

81 – Lace-Making Demonstration, Venice

Head to the city of canals and gondolas but with a twist – watch a lace making demonstration! Did you know that lace comes from Venice and that the most intricate of linens are made by this painstaking practice? The incredible talents of these lace makers blows my mind. Afterward, do check out their products. They are some of the most beautiful doilies, tablecloths, pillowcases and pillows you will ever find.

Thinking of visiting Venice? Check out our travel tips here.

lace making
lace making

82 – Hobbiton, North Island New Zealand

Lord of the Rings fan? Than you must check out Hobbiton! Located in the North Island, you will be amazed at this tiny homes used on the set of the films.

Hobbiton
Hobbiton

83 – Juliet’s Balcony, Verona Italy

Have you ever seen the movie “Letters to Juliet?” Well, if you haven’t, you need to before heading to Verona and catching a glimpse of Juliet’s balcony. A truly magical Shakespearean experience, climb to the top and reenact the most famous play written by the Bard himself. You can leave a message for Juliet on site which you can slip into the mailbox in hopes for a reply.

Juliet's Balcony, Verona
Juliet’s Balcony, Verona

84 – The Arctic Circle, Norway

I have already recommended crab fishing, but you also much head to the Arctic Circle and take a photo at the globe statue there. Depending on when you go, you just may get a glimpse of the Northern Lights! Sadly the day I went, the fog was thicker than air!

Arctic Circle
Arctic Circle, Norway – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

85 – Stay in a Rooftop Caravan – Bristol, England

Go retro with this ultimately cool experience in a very buzzing British city! The caravan is fully equipped with everything you will need for a comfortable, yet quirky stay overlooking Bristol and all it has to offer. Before heading to bed, why not explore the nightlife just below?

Rooftop Caravan Bristol
Rooftop Caravan Bristol – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

 

Caravan Cozy Interior, Bristol UK
Caravan Cozy Interior, Bristol UK – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

86 – Crystal River, Florida

Most people who head to Florida gravitate to Orlando, Miami, or the Keys. Well, the Sunshine State has much more to offer! Check out Crystal River – home of the sea cows, the manatees! They love people and would love for you to swim with them in their natural surroundings.

Crystal River Manatee
Crystal River Manatee

87 – Glass Beach, California

Check out this crazy evolving lake that was once a massive garbage dump! Thanks to the amount of trash that was dumped here, the glass through time created pebble-like formations and a beautiful looking bottom for a fresh lake. Thousands flock here yearly to get a glimpse of all the glass pieces, but of course, cannot control tourists who grab a piece to take home. Because of these inconsiderate people, the glass pieces are getting less and less for future visitors, but the lake is still amazing to see in your lifetime.

Glass beach California
Glass beach California

88 – The Pink Lake, Western Australia

This deep pink secluded lake in the middle of Western Australia truly is a phenomenon that many flock to see. The pink colour is derived from the high amount of salt concentration within the lake mixed with formed algae. Grab a helicopter or plane ride for some incredible aerial views.

Pink Lake - Western Australia
Pink Lake – Western Australia – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

89 – Red Lotus Sea, Udon Thailand

Take a ride through the Red Lotus Sea! Immerse yourself with one of the 90-minute guided tours as you count the thousands of lotuses all around you.

Red Lotus Sea Thailand
Red Lotus Sea Thailand

90 – Macchu Picchu – Peru

My husband has declared Macchu Picchu as his dream destination for his 40th birthday milestone. This protected site, the lost city of Incas, is an absolute must for anyone venturing to South America. While there, be sure to keep an eye out for the friendly alpacas along the way. If you do decide to do this, you will need book your permit well in advance as there are limited permits per day to conserve the land.

Macchu Picchu
Macchu Picchu

91 – Maui, Hawaii

Head to the most beautiful of all the Hawaiian islands! Enjoy incredible hospitality, floras, faunas, and natural wonders like the Hana highway. The Hawaiian people are incredibly welcoming and will show you a wonderful time from the moment you disembark your plane.

Maui
Maui

92 – Kruger National Park – South Africa

No bucket list would be complete without an African safari! Head to Kruger National Park to get a glimpse of the big 5 on a guided safari. This one is on my bucket list. I cannot imagine how incredible it would be to see elephants, giraffes, lions, rhinos, and cheetahs in the wild!

Lion in Kruger National Park
Lion in Kruger National Park

93 – Senegal, West Africa

This beautiful low-lying country on the west side of Africa attracts thousands of travellers yearly to learn more about the culture and traditions of those living outside of the touristy safari region of Africa. Head here and learn more about these friendly people and the history that shaped them to who they are today. Senegal has some awesome museums, lush grounds, and a secret getaway off its coast- Île de N’Gor, should you wish a break from the sightseeing.

Senegal
Senegal – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

94 – Cable Beach, Broome, Australia

Head up to the Northern Territory Australia and check out the unmatched pristine coastline where camels roam, and the sands are soft on your feet. The largest oysters in the world can be found here. If you’re lucky, you just might find a pearl!

Broome, Australia
Broome, Australia – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

95 – Agawa Canyon Tour Train – Ontario, Canada

Take this incredible retro steam train through one of the most beautiful untouched parks in all of Ontario. Learn where the famed Group of Seven painted some of their most popular paintings, and get a glimpse of some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country. Grab a picnic lunch, insect repellent, and comfy hiking boots to get truly immersed in this unspoiled land. The most popular time to book this experience is in the fall to witness the fall foliage, but anytime in the summer is also magnificent.

Thinking of booking the Agawa Canyon train? Check out our post for tips and tricks here.

Agawa Canyon Tour Train
Agawa Canyon Tour Train- 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

96 – Lake Bled, Slovenia

Head to the beautiful country of Slovenia and relax in style at the beautiful Lake Bled. Take a traditional boat to the island and explore the church. You know, that church is one of the most popular venues for weddings! Traditionally the groom must carry his bride up over 200 stairs to prove himself worthy! After a day of sightseeing, head up the 1000-year old castle and enjoy dinner overlooking the entire region. Winter is a quiet time to visit, but if you want to see the true buzz of the village, head there in the summer.

Lake bled
Lake bled, Slovenia – 100 Travel Destinations Bucket List for 2018

97 – Hollywood Walk of Fame

Take a stroll down Hollywood Blvd and spot your favourite stars of the past and present adorning the tiles on the sidewalk! Find the locations of your favourite celebrities and take pictures kneeling beside them. For me, Lucille Ball, Elizabeth Montgomery, and Jimmy Stewart top my list of those to find and photograph.

Hollywood walk of fame
Hollywood walk of fame

98 – Bhutan

Get a dose of gross domestic happiness by visiting the wonderful and mysterious country of Bhutan. To get here you must go with a tour. Explore this kingdom within the Himalayas that is protected and preserved from the rest of the world. Nestled near Bangladesh, this beautiful and faithful nation welcomes travellers to their borders but with responsible and controlled numbers. The effort is worth it once you arrive and witness their beautiful country.

Bhutan
Bhutan

99 – Cuba

Head to the country where the vehicles date back over 60 years! Enjoy vintage vehicles, welcoming locals, and a beautiful nation of history and beauty. Enjoy gorgeous beaches, conch shells waiting to sing, and traditional music ringing through the streets.

Cuba
Cuba

100 – Samoa

The jade coloured waters mixed with the sandy beaches, Samoa has everything you could want in a paradise. Enjoy volcanic land, beautiful snorkeling, and water sports to whet your appetite for action. Luxury accommodations surrounded by palm trees, friendly locals, and all the hospitality you could want await at this secluded and beautiful island. All that’s left to do is for you to book a ticket.

Samoa
Samoa

There you have 100 inspiring destinations to get you out there exploring and on new adventures for 2018. How many will you tick off this list?

100 Must-See Destinations in 2018
100 Must-See Destinations in 2018

 

100 Must-See Destinations in 2018
100 Must-See Destinations in 2018

 

100 Must-See Destinations in 2018
100 Must-See Destinations in 2018

 

100 Must-See Destinations in 2018
100 Must-See Destinations in 2018

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