A new year brings 365 days for you to book some holidays and see more of this wonderful world. While most of us can’t spend the entire year traveling, we can at least choose a few trips throughout the year to keep us excited and discovering new places. I personally take some time every December to think about where I would most like to travel. Surprise trips can also make for excellent Christmas gifts, so if you’re trying to figure out what to get that special someone, maybe one of these trips could be the perfect answer? Here’s my travel bucket list for 2018:
1. Russian River Cruise
One of the world’s largest superpowers, Russia is often overlooked as a travel destination but that’s really a big mistake. From the charming city of St Petersburgh, the entire country is scattered with beautiful architecture, wonderful museums, art galleries and delicious comfort food. Taking a Russian River Cruise through Russia is an interesting way to see another side of this country. Be sure to choose on that has a few stopovers along the way so you can get off and visit the cities. I personally love going on cruises because it means you have to only unpack and pack once on your trip. It’s also a lovely way to travel as a family because you can keep a bit more of the normal routine when on a cruise compared to more traditional travel where you’re changing hotels every day or two.
2. Costa Rica Beach Tour
If you’re like me, then you’re a sun lover and your favourite kind of holiday is one where you’re never too far from a beach. While most people head to Mexico when they think of beaches in Central America, there’s a ton of great options in Costa Rica. If you fancy a bit of surfing Jaco is probably Costa Rica’s best surf hub. It’s a bit of a touristy town, but it means it has all the usual comforts to make it easy to spend a few weeks – or months – chilling there living the ‘pura vida’ lifestyle. My favourite beach in Costa Rica is Samara, this small beach has some killer sunsets and it’s quite undeveloped, so from the beach all you can really see is palm trees blocking the view of the town. There’s an organic market, yoga studio and a few great places to get massages making it an ideal beach holiday location. Manuel Antonio is another must-visit beach in Costa Rica, set above a stunning national park, Manuel Antonio is home to some incredible views and the kind of beaches you’re probably dreaming of!
3.Get Templed Out in Cambodia
Often left off the list when people think of Asia, Cambodia has so much to offer a traveler it’s definitely worth sticking on your bucket list. There are hundreds of amazing temples located in Angkor Wat, just outside Siem Reap. You can easily spend days or even weeks exploring these ancient ruins, contemplating how life was back then, and taking numerous photos of these hidden treasures. Siem Reap also has an excellent partying scene if that’s your vibe, as well as a number of great restaurants. Phnom Penh is worth a visit, too, especially to learn a little about the rough history that Cambodia endured some 40 years ago. Cambodia is also home to some gorgeous islands and beaches that are worth the adventure to get to. One of the best value countries I’ve travelled in all of Asia, the real reason to head to Cambodia is to fall in love with the people and their beautiful smiles.
4. Practice Your Spanish in Colombia
Although Colombia has had a bit of a bad reputation, the truth is a lot has changed in the past few decades. Colombia is much safer and filled with special gems that you’ll want to explore. Head to Cartagena to enjoy a colonial city that feels quite upmarket and also has the real benefit of being so close to a beach! You’ll want to visit Medellin, which often features on lists of best places to become a digital nomad and is shaping itself to be one of the most liveable places in Latin America. The small town of Guatape is a photographer’s dream, with many of the colonial houses decorated with pictures which are said to show what the family was known for in the town. Nearby there’s La Pierda which is a giant rock that you can walk up, from the top you’ll have sweeping views that are worth the journey. Colombians are also very serious about their hot chocolates and pastries, so I’m sure any food lover will be content here.
I know it can be hard to decide where to head to next, but use my top 4 bucket-list destinations to get yourself inspired for your next holiday!