Resolution of life: Travel the world. Resolution of 2018: Travel as much as possible to destinations I have never been to. Is it possible? Sure. Is it probable considering financial budgets, career priorities, and limited time? Well, I’d like to think so.
These destinations may not be exotic islands in the Atlantic Ocean where you can swim with pigs or slay dragons from the top of a castle, but they are perfect for simple weekend adventures. For travel enthusiasts and weekenders alike, consider one if not a few of these if you want to rule your breaks this year.
My 2018 Travel Bucket List
(in no particular order)
Banff National Park, Canada
The pristine blue waters and fresh mountain air are intriguing. I have seen the awe-inspiring images and I am dying to see it for myself. Living in a busy beach city is amazing, but everyone needs some time to be fully immersed in nature. With endless outdoor activities in the wilderness, this is the ultimate dream destination for someone like me.
I surprise myself with the places I haven’t been. One of them being the state of Colorado. For a nature enthusiast, this is unheard of and it must be checked off the list! I plan on going in the summertime to see it for myself and I cannot wait.
Pacific Northwest Road Trip
Waterfalls, hikes, and nature, oh my! I have been to Oregon a few times but if the rest of the ‘PNW’ is as beautiful as the areas I’ve been to, I cannot wait to take this road trip. Some of my Pacific Northwest bucket list destinations: North Cascades National Park, Olympic Peninsula, Hells Canyon, Orcas Island, and Vancouver Island. If you have any other must-do suggestions, please leave it in the comments below!
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole, Wyoming is surrounded by the most beautiful National Parks in the country. Its prime location is tucked between the peaks of Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Aside from the steep hiking and epic alpine views, you can also enjoy rafting, horseback riding, hot air balloons, and more.
Sequoia National Park
I admit, I’ve been here before as a little kid but I didn’t appreciate how big nature really was back then. Seeing these giant sequoias would make you feel so tiny, as if the problems that you’ve encountered recently don’t matter anymore. What a place to truly take in some fresh air and beautiful scenery.
Park City, Utah
Home to some amazing winter activities, Park City is a dream for snowboarders and skiers alike. I think I’m attracted to the small town feel of a city full of history and character. You can also fly round trip for less than $250 from the Los Angeles area. It really is just a hop, skip, and a jump away!
Belize, Central America
The poor man’s Costa Rica. In recent years, tourism in Costa Rica has tripled and increased prices for people like us. However, if you’re the adventurous type like myself and can’t get enough, try Belize. Belize is a more inexpensive way to fulfill your itch for outdoor activities like zip lining and waterfall rappelling.
I’m sure you’ve replayed the song over and over in your head enough to want to go there yourself. You know, ‘Havana-na-na-na’ by Camila Cabello. Since the country has opened to tourism, Cuba has been a staple on my travel bucket list. Its culture, history, and lifestyle intrigues me and I cannot wait to salsa the night away in Havana.
Na Pali Coast, Hawaii
Hawaii has always been a favorite for honeymoons and luxurious travel. But Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park is a hidden gem along the coast of Kauai. Avoid the crowds of the mainland and head here where the locals are friendly, the water is clear blue, and the coastline is magic.
Zhangjuiajie National Forest Park, China
Google it. Seriously. Recently my dad came back from a photography excursion to this magnificent place. These mountains are home to thousands of jagged quartzite sandstone columns. Within the park, you’ll find forests, rivers, bridges, and plenty of waterfalls. You may be able to spot a few endangered species as well. If you’re up for it, experience panoramic views from the longest and tallest glass-bottomed bridge in the world.
Some of these may require more planning and time than others, but in 2018 I hope to conquer at least three. Stay tuned! If you’ve traveled to any of these destinations and have suggestions please let me know in the comments below! What’s on your travel bucket list this year?