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5 Places I Want to Travel to in 2018

January 2, 2018

For the past couple of years, I’ve started the year off with my travel goals for the year, sharing my top 5 places that I want to visit each year. I looked back on 2016’s bucket list the other day, and realised that I’ve now been to every place on the list (We haven’t re-visited Singapore like I wanted to, but hey, we splurged on a trip to Dubai instead).

2017’s list was a little more OTT, as I had Canada and Mexico on there, and lets just face it, I couldn’t visit 2 of those in a year! We did tick of Lisbon and Holland though – and I’m 100% going to Slovenia this year, as I’ve wanted to go for the past 2 years! So I WILL make it happen this year!

Hand Luggage Only - Madeira

Hand Luggage Only - Madeira

1. Madeira

I’ve only really started hearing about Madeira the last couple years, and while some of my family visit there each year, I always thought it was more of a place that older people go on holiday through the winter. Well, how I was wrong about that! It looks STUNNING! Think Hawaii, but just in Europe instead! It’s a Portuguese island to the west of Morocco, and after visiting Portugal twice in 2017, it’s become one of our favourite countries to explore, so I’m determined to visit Madeira this year. Have you been?

2. Slovenia

Yup, it’s on the list again. But this year I’m 100% going to make it there. I mean, nothing is actually booked yet, but I have all the plans haha! I’m hoping that we can make some major progress in the campervan the next few months, then DRIVE to Slovenia, stopping through Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Italy and France along the way on an amazing 2/3 week road trip. If not, then we’ll just have to fly instead and stop there for a few days instead.

3. The Dolomites, Italy

This is another place that has been on my bucket list for so long, and I’m hoping that I will finally get to tick it off this year if we get to go on our roadtrip in the van, but I don’t think we’ll be able to have as much time exploring there as I’d want. Which is fine, because it means that we can go back another time in the van to see more! I definitely want to visit the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Lago di Braires. Aren’t they stunning?

4. Tallinn / Helsinki

I really want to visit more Scandinavian/Baltic countries. We loved our trip to Iceland back in 2014, and I definitely want to go back in the summer, but I’ve seen a lot of Tallinn and Helsinki popping up lately too. And I’d get to tick two countries off my bucket list in one go, as they’re only an hour or two away from each other by ferry! I think it’d be so nice to visit in the summer, as I’m not a fan of the snow/winters haha!

5. South of France

Since our visit to Annecy a couple years ago, I’ve really wanted to go back and explore more of France. The area and beaches around Nice look so amazing, and it’s been my dream for a few years to visit France during lavender season and roam the fields of lavender! So so pretty! Again, this would most likely be a campervan trip, but you never know – there are usually some pretty good flight deals (and toll roads in France are extortionate).

Where’s on your bucket list for this year? Share your post below so I can check it out!

Sources: Madeira 1 & 2 // Slovenia 1 / Slovenia 2 // Dolomites 1 / Dolomites 2 // Tallinn 1 / Tallinn 2 // France 1 / France 2
If I’ve put the wrong source, please let me know and I’ll get it changed ASAP!

 

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  • Reply
    Sophie
    January 2, 2018 at 8:02 am

    I am totally sold by how many pretty pastel coloured locations you have on your list! Hoping you get to visit them all this year x
    Sophie Cliff

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      April
      January 3, 2018 at 7:01 am

      Thanks, Sophie!
      xo April

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    Sarah
    January 2, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Oh April this is such an awesome list – I’m especially partial to Slovenia though, and that camper van roadtrip sounds amazing! I was planning a campervan roadtrip in 2017 but our van broke so plans fell through, whoops. But anyway, I hope you make it to Slovenia – it’s by far my favorite place I traveled to in 2017. If you want any tips, let me know! We spent 11 days and drove across the whole country, including zip-lining and rafting in Soca, and wine tasting in Ptuj 🙂

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      April
      January 3, 2018 at 7:02 am

      Oh wow! 11 days there sounds amazing – what was your highlight of the trip? Sorry to hear about your van breaking – did you manage to get it fixed?
      xo April

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        Sarah
        January 3, 2018 at 5:15 pm

        Oooh that’s a tough one as it was all so amazing! My boyfriend would probably say Bovec – that’s the adventure area with the most beautiful, clear river. Mine would probably be Ptuj (wine tasting) or Bled/Bohinj for the beautiful lakes. We just loved everywhere!

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    Jasmin Charlotte
    January 2, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Ohh we did South of France last year and looooved it! I do love Slovenia too! I really want to get to Madeira, it’s on my list! x

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      April
      January 3, 2018 at 7:03 am

      Ooh which part of France did you visit? There’s too many places around the area that I want to visit, so I think we’ll need to take a few trips over the years to see everything haha!
      xo April

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    Becky
    January 2, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Oh these places are a pastel pallete dream! The South of France is just beautiful and I’d love to go back and see it during the lavender season. We’re planning on going to South Korea this year, hopefully in time to catch the cherry blossoms in their full bloom – I can’t wait!

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      April
      January 3, 2018 at 7:04 am

      South Korea sounds AMAZING! It’s been on my bucket list a while now, but I don’t think we’ll get to visit anytime soon sadly! I hope you get to visit!
      xo April

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    Sarah
    January 3, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Most beautiful list ever! Slovenia is somewhere I really want to visit as well so I look forward to seeing how 2018 travel pans out for you and hopefully reading about all these places!

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      April
      January 4, 2018 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks Sarah! I hope you get to visit Slovenia too!
      xo April

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    Hayley
    January 3, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Girllllll you’ve got some AMAZING places on your travel bucket list – I can’t wait to follow your travels this year and love that you’ve managed to tick off countries from previous bucket lists! It’s so great to go back and re-visit to remind yourself of goals! The south of France is one of my favourite places, can’t wait to follow your travels in 2018!

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

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      April
      January 4, 2018 at 5:49 pm

      Thanks, Hayley! I always love looking back at old posts randomly and was so happy to see that I’d ticked them all off! Hopefully I’ll be able to do the same this year!
      xo April

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    Laura
    January 3, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Yes to all of these! I’d love to visit South of France again – I went yeeeaaars ago with my family but there’s still so many little places I’d love to see. And those lavender fields, of course!

    If you do end up going to Helsinki, let me know! It’s where I lived until I was 23 years old so I could (try to) give you some tips. That said I haven’t lived there in 5 years and new places seem to be popping up all the time that I’m completely oblivious about! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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      April
      January 4, 2018 at 5:50 pm

      I’ve never actually been to the South of France before! The closest we’ve gotten is to Annecy in the Alps (which was stunning and one of our fave places). I’m sure you’d still be way more knowledgeable than me about Helsinki so I’ll be sure to shout if we do make it there this year!
      xo April

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    Katherine
    January 4, 2018 at 12:59 am

    I want to go to Italy and France too!

    http://myclusterofthoughts.com/

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      April
      January 4, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      Do you have anywhere in particular in mind to visit?
      xo April

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    Angie Silver
    January 4, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Now this is a great list!

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      April
      January 4, 2018 at 5:53 pm

      Thanks, Angie! Yours is amazing too (and so jealous you’re visiting Argentina and Chile this year). I hope you have the best time and I can’t wait to read all about it!
      xo April

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    Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi
    January 6, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Gosh, if you even manage a third of this list it’ll be a beautiful year!

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    Stacey
    January 7, 2018 at 8:44 am

    I really want to visit Tallinn as well! It was on my 2016 list but I still haven’t made it there yet.

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    Shikha Singh
    January 28, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    I fell in love with Slovenia when I went a few years ago and funnily enough, Madeira and Dolomites are on my wishlist too – I don’t think I’ve ever spoken to someone who has been to Madeira and not enjoyed it – plus apparently it’s almost year round warmth – win win right?!

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      April
      January 30, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      Slovenia looks SO stunning! I can’t wait to finally visit (if all goes to plan haha). What part’s of Slovenia did you visit and how long were you there for? I seriously can’t wait to visit Madeira too! I hope you get to visit too!
      xo April

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    Camila @ Adventitious Violet
    February 8, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I love all these destinations so much! I hope you make it to all five and look forward to reading all about it 🙂

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    Frankie Bridger
    February 20, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    helsinki looks beautiful!

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    Bridget
    March 5, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    OMG! I’m going to Madeira later this month! We found it totally by chance and now I’m so beyond obsessed with it I can’t really believe I’m actually getting to go!
    Bridget
    https://thebridy.com/

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      April
      March 5, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      It looks amazing doesn’t it?! I’m so so excited for our trip there next month! I hope you have the most amazing time there!
      xo April

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    Ella
    March 10, 2018 at 11:10 am

    OMG BABE YOU MAKE ME WANT TO HOP ON A PLAIN NOW!!!
    I will definitely be visiting some of these this year!
    Slovenia looks so lovely too!

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      April
      March 13, 2018 at 6:49 am

      Do ittt! Ooh, have you got anywhere booked?
      xo April

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