My Top 18 in ’18: BucketList Travel Destinations

I won the lottery and I’m traveling to all my dream locations!

If only that were true…

Instead, I’m bringing you the line up of the top 18 places that I would like to travel to. Here’s the thing, number 18 is not the place I would least like to travel to, the first 14 are all places that I would love to visit, each for different reasons. Once we get to #4, then the count down will begin.

Maldives Bucketlist

18. Maldives Islands- Luxury/Family Travel

Specifically, Thulusdoo Island. Every picture I see from this place paints it as a perfect paradise! This place looks like the ultimate relaxing, tropical vacation. Click on over to Mumpack Travel to read more info on family travel in Maldives.

Trans-Siberian Railway Bucketlist
Photo courtesy of Sayumi Jayasinghe

17. Ride On the Trans-Siberian Railroad- Adventure/Family Travel

Okay, so this isn’t technically one place, but the experience is something I have wanted to have since I was a kid. I am not usually a cold climate person, but I could definitely sacrifice some warmth to travel across Siberia and get a glimpse of rural life throughout Russia. For schedules and prices, check out Tran-Siberian Express.

Buenos Aires Bucketlist

16. Buenos Aires, Argentina- Expat/Writer’s Hub

Being likened to Paris in the 1920’s, this is where some of the great creative minds of our time are converging to collaborate in writing and art. I would love to be a fly on the wall, where the writers get together, and to immerse our children in the creative atmosphere.

Phnom Penh Bucketlist

15. Phnom Penh, Cambodia- Digital Nomad/ Adventure Travel

Cambodia has a low cost of living, unbelievable natural beauty, friendly people, and high-speed internet available. Plus, they have favorable visa laws. Don’t be surprised if you see us exploring this area of the world someday soon. See how little it cost to live in Phnom Penh.

Everest Base Camp Bucketlist

14. Everest Base Camp- Solo/Adventure Travel

I don’t see Nate volunteering to come hike through the Himalayas with me and dragging our kids up by myself sounds worse than having all my toenails ripped out. So, solo travel it is. Honestly though, the idea of doing this on my own (with a group of strangers) sounds like the greatest challenge and renewal, physically and emotionally. Read a personal account by fellow blogger, Becki, at Borders of Adventures.

Greek Islands Bucketlist

13. Greek Islands- Immersive/Family Travel

The Greek Islands can be pricey and overly touristy, but the white, sand beaches and contrast between the white-washed buildings and deep, blue sea are undeniably stunning. While looking for alternative lodging options, I have found multiple house-sitting gigs throughout the islands. Living among the locals and giving our kids the opportunity to care for animals, seems like a perfect way to truly experience Greek life.

Kerala, India Bucketlist

12. Kerala, India- Foodie/Family Travel

Nate and I LOVE Indian food. It is our favorite! One of these days we want to try the real thing. India seems like such a massive and intimidating country. But after doing my research, I found Kerala, a state in the southern tip of India. It seems like a slower paced, more family friendly area, close to the coast and sprawling national parks.

Munich, Germany Bucketlist

11. Munich, Germany- Cultural/Educational/Family Travel

Germany, as a whole, is a tempting destination. Pictures of the forests, lakes, and castles, seem almost dream-like. They have a rich history, vibrant art scene, and folklore galore. Munich boasts the largest science museum in the world, with lots of hands-on activities for the kiddos. Holden has been expressing an interest in science since he first started talking. I could see us spending hours, days, and weeks inside the Deutches Science Museum.

Patagonia Bucketlist

10. Patagonia- Adventure/Family Travel

Now this is some trekking that I would want to bring the whole family along for. Reading about other families experiences, has made this a top tier destination on our dreams list. The area of Torres del Paine National Park looks especially well-suited for families with younger children, as there are shorter treks and outings designed for enhancing the children’s learning experiences.

Tuscany, Italy Bucketlist

9. Tuscany, Italy- Foodie/Family Travel

This is another one of those, “I’ve wanted to go all of my life” kind of places. I know I should temper myself, but I have very high expectations! I hear Italians love children and there is much for the kiddos to do. This is the kind of place I could see Nate and I settling down someday, living a slower paced life, raising chickens, and savoring the local cuisine. The problem is, we have never been. So, we have to see if this dream spot truly is what we envision.

Kilimanjaro Bucketlist

8. Klein Karoo, South Africa- Immersive/Volunteer Travel

Within our travels, we want to teach our kids to serve others and to help care for our Earth. is a website that connects people who are looking for help, with people willing to help, usually in exchange for food and lodging. There is a particular job posted for a game reserve in South Africa. The post shows pictures of giraffes, elephants, and lions. My kids would think they had died and gone to heaven!

Bagan, Myanmar Bucketlist

7. Bagan, Myanmar- Backpacking/Cultural Travel

Have you seen the pictures of the valley, with its lush, green foliage and earth-toned temples showing through? Every back-packers dream! Myanmar recently opened to tourism and has yet to be overrun. Costs are low, the experience is authentic and the scenery is indescribable. I would love to pack our backpacks, hop on a flight tomorrow, rent an electric scooter, and explore all of .

Galapagos Bucketlist

6. Galapagos Islands- Adventure/Family Travel

Who hasn’t dreamed of exploring the other-worldly islands, where you can get a glimpse of the evolution process in action? This is a vacation and science lesson all in one. With no internet access, I dream of the chance for our family to completely disconnect from technology and reconnect with each other and the natural world around us. Check out the Travel Savvy Mom Blog to see how one family visited the Galapagos.

Bodrum,Turkey Bucketlist

5. Bodrum, Turkey- Photography/Foodie/Family Travel

I have a confession to make, my guilty pleasure is watching cheesy Turkish TV series. I love the sound of the language, the views of the land, and the beautiful architecture. The food looks amazing and Baklava has got to be one of the greatest things ever made! Looking around the country, I found the city of Bodrum. It has museums, beaches, a water-park, and a castle. What’s not to love?

Camel Ride in Morocco Bucketlist

4. Camel Ride Across the SaharaPhotography/Adventure/Cultural Travel

I have heard that the most incredible sight you will ever see is the sun, rising across the Sahara Desert. That sounds like something I have to see for myself. There are many tour groups which allow younger children. Plus, many of the tours leave from and return to Marrakesh. Including a trip through the Marrakesh markets makes this an obvious choice.

Budapest, Hungary Bucketlist

3. Budapest, Hungary- Digital Nomad/Expat 

When I first started looking into family travel, I heard a podcaster describing a recent trip to Budapest. I looked online for pictures and immediately fell in love! Now, years later, the desire is still there. Budapest gets frequent shout-outs on top lists for digital nomads and expats. It seems this magical place has been able to find a balance between the comforts and accessibility of the modern world and the charm and romance of the old world. Bonus, there are tons of inexpensive apartments on AirBnB throughout the city.

Croatia Coastline Bucketlist

2. Croatia Coastline- Couples/Adventure Travel

Nate and I have dreamed about going scuba-diving off the coast of Croatia since it was just the two of us. Leaving the kids with grandparents and taking a week or more to dive, explore, relax, and reconnect with each other would be a perfect anniversary getaway. Off the coast of Croatia are wrecks, caves, tunnels,and interesting, new sea-life. Which sounds like a place we could dive again and again.

Drum-roll, please!

Sydney, Australia Bucketlist

1. Sydney, Australia- Cultural/Adventure/Family

Australia has been in the #1 spot for as long as I can remember, but I figured I needed to narrow it down further than the whole land-mass of Australia. Sydney has culture, food, ocean, architecture, children’s play spaces. What doesn’t it have? What Sydney lacks, the rest of the country more than makes up for it. Nate has family in the Brisbane area and one of my dearest friends lives in Sydney. Did you know there is a stretch of coastline in Southwest Australia that is called Kangaroo beach and it has actual little kangaroos bouncing around at any given time?

Bucketlist Complete

Whew! We made it. I applaud you for having made it all the way to #1!

Now, time to make your own list. Make it as long or as short as you want. Just like setting goals, don’t just sit and dream about traveling. Write it out. Learn about the places you want to travel to and determine what it will take to get there.

Tell me your #1. Or tell me your whole list. I love hearing about new places, my list usually gets longer, and that means more travel for me!

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Update: Come on over and see my latest wishlist- My Top 19 in ’19 Places I Want to Live

47 thoughts on “My Top 18 in ’18: BucketList Travel Destinations”

  1. You need a nanny? Especially anywhere in Africa, Middle East, or Europe… Also, when did you start watching Turkish TV? I’ve been watching it for years and Turkey is in my top ten, definitely.

  2. This is a great list – I am currently working on my own and it’s continually growing as well! On my list at the moment includes Reykjavik – Iceland, Santorini – Greece, Graz – Austria, Bled – Slovaki and sooooo many others – Iceland has been a top one on my list for a while though – maybe this will be my year to cross it off! Good luck with crossing some off your list this year too.

    1. Thank-you! It sounds like you’ve got a great start to your list. How is it coming so far? Have you planned or even booked your trip to Iceland yet? We’re going to make it that far north one of these years.

  3. Our realistic list is a trip to Italy this summer. I am also bugging my hubby about doing something over springbreak. Honeslty I want to go to a resort or on a cruise and just do a relaxing vacation! I’d say I’d throw in an Iceland trip as well. thats on my radar!

    1. What part of Italy are you looking at? I’ve never been on a cruise, but I know people who rave about them. I’ll have to try one some day! Iceland looks incredible and can be really quite affordable. Good luck with all your travel goals!

  4. If only I won the lottery, LOL! I agree! These places are all so beautiful, and I’d love to be able to get to them one day. 🙂

  5. Most of the places on your list are also on my bucket list. I actually been to 5 places mentioned above. This year I would love to explore South Korea and Japan. Yes, hopefully it will rain money tomorrow. 🙂

    Liz Gen

  6. These all look so amazing and I see a lot of my future travel plans in this list! Tuscancy is probably going to be the first of those destinations I make it to.

  7. There are so many places that I would love to visit this year but my partner and I have settled for a handful of locations that we’ll hopefully find the time for in between raising a newborn baby!

  8. Oh my gosh I totally want to be your travel buddy LOL!!! All these places sound absolutely amazing!! several of them are on my bucket list that I want to take my family to.

  9. I love your bucket list! Those are all some beautiful places! My husband and I also made a bucket list, so far we’ve only added 3 places to it (Cuba, France and California)!

    1. Very cool! We used to live in LA and now my in-laws live in the Bay Area. What a beautiful state! I would love to go to Cuba and France, too! Good luck with crossing places off and adding new ones!

  10. Your number one place to go is on my list! I want to go there so bad. This is a great list of places to go. I am amazed at how many beautiful and wonderful places there are in this world. Thank you for sharing!

    1. This world is chalk full of incredible places! I need ten lifetimes to see everything. It’s all about taking every opportunity available to us to experience what we can. Do you have any trips, big or small, planned for this year?

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