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2018 Travel Bucket List Seychelles

I started making yearly bucket list travel destinations back in 2015. Since then I’ve managed to hit at least half of the chosen destinations in each subsequent year. Last year, I decided to share my 2017 travel bucket list with the world and I’m following suit again this year. Why? To inspire both you and me to explore somewhere new and push ourselves to our full travel potential. So with no further ado, here is my 2018 Travel Bucket List.

2018 Travel Bucket List


While everyone one loves fun in the sun, Aruba is much more than sandy beaches and coastlines. One of the world’s most diverse populations and home to ancient paintings that date back over 100 years are what truly make this island special. And, for those that only want to catch waves and chill—it has more sunny days than any other Caribbean island!

2018 Travel Bucket List: Aruba


I’ve been captivated with Finland for several years now. Spurred by seeing pictures of the glass igloo hotel, Kakslauttanen Artic Resort, that looks up into the colorful night sky. Although I’ve heard mixed reviews, I’d still like to head there myself and check it out in person.

kakslauttanen glass igloos

With Wow Air delivering budget-friendly flights year-round, Iceland seems to be a hot destination right now. For anyone planning a trip there, I’d highly recommended to give yourself a few more days to pop over to Greenland. Transportation can be easily arranged after arriving in Reykjavik and it’s well worth the journey. Although the name is deceptive, with over 80% of the land covered in ice, Greenland offers a range of diverse flora and fauna not seen anywhere else in the world. The highlight for me; however, would definitely be the hot springs!

2018 Travel Bucket List: Greenland


Food, food, FOOD! That’s the first thing that comes to my mind when I think Morocco. As Africa’s top tourist destination, the over 10 million annual visitors to this nation must have something right. As a travel writer, it holds an even larger piece of my heart knowing that one of the world’s original travel writers, Ibn Battuta, was born in Morocco and began his journey from this nation.

2018 Travel Bucket List: Morocco


Yet another African gem. As one of the world’s least densely populated countries, you won’t have to worry about fighting through crowds during a visit to Namibia. While most people near my hometown of Gary, Indiana know of the Big Daddy’s BBQ chain, a visit to Namibia is not complete without seeing the most photographed sand dune in the world. The ultimate Big Daddy—a 325m sand dune, appropriately named, Big Daddy.

2018 Travel Bucket List: Namibia


But wait…there’s more!


As a lifelong baseball fan, it warms my heart to visit a place where the national sport takes place on the diamond. Athletics aside, Nicaragua is a nation that has the best of both worlds—beautiful beaches and more than 400 volcanic islands to explore.

2018 Travel Bucket List: Nicaragua Concepcion

Concepción Volcano

New Zealand

Sheep lovers rejoice! There are nine times more sheep than people in New Zealand. Aside from sheep, however, it is a nature lover’s paradise. You can camp, hike, and climb to your hearts content. But one of the major reasons I want to go is for a visit to Taumatawhakatangihangaoauauotameteaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, just to say that I’ve been there. In case you’re wondering…YES, that actually is the name of a place in New Zealand.

2018 Travel Bucket List: New Zealand

That’s what I call dinner with a view!


Two words—Machu Picchu. While I’d undoubtedly like to visit those ruins, I’m more interested in visiting the lesser known sister city of Choquequirao. Ruins just as beautiful as Machu Picchuwith half the tourists.

2018 Travel Bucket List: Peru

Machu Picchu


Island paradise. A capital city that be explored completely by foot. The place James Bond author went for writing inspiration…if that’s not motivation enough, then I don’t know what is!

The homie Travis enjoying every moment of his trip to Seychelles


Uganda is home to the less than 1000 mountain gorillas left in the world. To go gorilla-trekking in this nation would truly be the ultimate highlight of this bucket list.

2018 Travel Bucket List: Uganda

In the comments below, let us know if you’ve been to any of the locations mentioned above and what destinations are on your 2018 Travel Bucket List!


  1. Victoria says:

    This is a great travel bucket list. I’m not sure if traveling will be the main goal for me for 2018 though. I’ve already planned out some goals and a big one is saving so I can purchase my first home.

    • EG III says:

      Well goals are goals be it travel or financial, so I’m hoping 2018 brings you everything you need to get that dream home!

  2. London Mumma says:

    I have a few of these delightful hotspots on my list too. First up hopefully is Morroco in April.

  3. Monique says:

    Love your list. Aruba, Namibia Peru, and Morocco are on my list as well. Good luck knocking off your list, and Bon Voyage!!

  4. Stephanie says:

    So many amazing places, I think I would happily visit them all! Finland is on my list to take the kids, snow!!

  5. Vanessa Costa says:

    I liked the list. I think I’ll keep it within reach to include the places I want to visit in the next years.

  6. Joanna says:

    Great list. I went to Morocco last summer and it was a great experience. If you go to Marrakech, I highly recommend Marrakech Food Tours. I’ll be visiting London, Paris, Rome, Turks & Caicos and Bali this year. Can’t wait.

  7. Ana Ojha says:

    New Zealand, Finland and Aruba are on my bucket list! Hope to visit there soon someday in my life!

  8. Oh, boy. Your list reminds me of all of the places I have yet to see in this world! Putting some of these on my list. May not happen this year, but one day I’ll make it to them.

  9. This is a wonderful list! I hope you visit all these places in 2018. I’d love to visit Finland, New Zealand and Morocco too 🙂

  10. Trisha says:

    This is an enviable list! I need to include some of these in my own BL ! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Finland, New Zealand and Peru are definitely on my bucket list of travel adventures. But at this point I really want to go to places that I can share with my daughter. I think that’s the most important thing to me at the moment.

  12. Stephanie Sherlock says:

    All I can say is WOW! I would love to visit one or two of these places. One day I hope to venture to these far away lands.

  13. Natasha says:

    New Zealand and Uganda are at the top of my list! I can’t wait to get there!

  14. Bernetta says:

    You have an amazing list. I’ve never been to any of these places but see a few I want to add to my own list. Happy travels!

  15. I have Greenland and Nicaragua in my list too! I wish I can finally visit denmark too and Georgia. Now I’m leaving for Budapest.

  16. Awesome list, I’d love to visit New Zealand and Greenland!


  17. Terri says:

    I love this list. I’ve been seeing Greenland pop up on a lot of travel bucket lists lately. It’s making me want to go see for myself.

  18. I’m totally digging this list. Finland and Greenland are at the top of my list. Finland is set for 2019!

  19. Ramona says:

    This is a very diverse list of places. Some your destinations are also on my bucket travel list. I also want to visit Cabo San Lucas, Paris, Rome and Turks and Caicos.

    Thanks for sharing!

  20. Great selection. Peru and Morocco have been on my list for ages as well! I hope you will be able to visit these places soon!

  21. Your bucket list is awesome and all the places will offer such different cultural experiences and scenery. I was born in Uganda , you must visit the Victoria Falls when you go there.It is spectacular.

  22. I am so in love with this list! I am hoping to hit these locations as well, especially Aruba and Seychelles.

  23. Ola says:

    Morocco is hands down, the first of many placed I’d like to visit. So exotic. I find that intriguing.

  24. SUCHI says:

    Great bucket list! Love Morocco and Peru, Finland and Iceland is next on my list!

  25. Lilia says:

    Love, love your bucket list destinations. I’ve been to a couple so far and this list gives me more ideas of places to consider. X

  26. Laurence says:

    Great post. I wanted to visit Peru too for Machu Picchu. Namibia is so cool, wanted to visit a desert for so long. I hope I can go on some on your list too. Finland too! so many places to go 😀

  27. This is a great travel bucket list. My destination pick would have to be Finland for sure x

  28. inbar shahak says:

    from your entire list, I have only been to Peru, sound like i have so much work more to be done, i love your photos, Aruba might have been my favorite choice right now, i could use some sand and sun to relax

  29. Soonjoo says:

    These are also my bucketlist! Peru, Morocco and Greenland for hot spring! I got to check out Wow Air that’s a great deal!

  30. Rose says:

    I need to travel more. I want to see and experience more!!! I’m going to try and see some more places locally!

  31. Tomiko says:

    Seychelles is number one on my bucket list and I’m planning on going 2019.. I’m also hoping for Spain and South Africa this year.. great list

  32. Aruba is definitely on my list! I’m not sure if it’ll happen this year, but I will definitely make it happen very soon.

  33. Jay Colby says:

    Great travel bucket list. I’ve always wanted to visit Peru and Nicaragua they’re both beautiful places to go to.

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