I’m not a huge traveler in the sense that you probably won’t ever find me backpacking around Thailand or moving to Australia for a year. Firstly, those places are far too hot for my delicate ginger complexion but mostly, it’s just not my sort of thing. I love a holiday – as most of us do – but lengthy travel isn’t for me. However, lately, I’ve discovered that there are plenty of places I would absolutely love to visit. In an ideal world, if I were to win a hefty amount on the lottery, I’d certainly be booking some holidays and short breaks to the places in this list. But in the meantime, I can just dream. Here’s my 2018 travel bucket list (or where I’d go if I won the lottery!)


Finland is probably the top of my list. My boyfriend and I have a bit of an affinity with Finland, it seems like such a laid-back place and the people are so chill (like, figuratively, not literally). Also, I love the cold. So it’d be my ideal place for a holiday. I’d like to visit Scandinavia and have a different type of holiday and Finland would be my perfect place for this!


I’m not one for huge cities but I think Beijing would be a lovely holiday. I’d certainly go in the cooler months (we’ve covered this, I don’t like heat!) I think I’d enjoy the hustle and bustle and there always being something to do and something to look at. Plus, Chinese food! Click here to find out more information about trips to Beijing on Destination2.


I only recently realised how much I wanted to go to Copenhagen after watching an episode of Paul Hollywood’s City Bakes, when he goes and tries local and tradional Danish food, cakes and pastries. Not only does the food there look amazing, the city itself is beautiful. And I love the Hygge idea so I think I’d love it there.

Disneyland Paris

Already been 3 times. Does that mean it can’t feature on my list? Absolutely not. I think every single year, in an ideal world, I would want to go to Disneyland. So every year until I finally do go again, it’ll be on my list! I need my fix of fun rides, meeting my favourite characters and looking in awe at the castle.


I have no particular place in Germany I’d like to go but just Germany as a whole really appeals to me. I really love the German language – it’s one I’d love to learn and have attempted a few times on my Duolingo app but to no luck! Nuremberg looks like an absolutely gorgeous, Gothic type city with beautiful buildings so maybe there for my visit!


Not one you probably thought you’d see feature on my list but I absolutely adore the look and sound of Israel – especially Jerusalem. I’m not religious, really, but I find religious fascinating. I studied it extensively in school (I did extra Religious Studies lessons and took it for A Level) and I love the idea of 3 main religions all living harmoniously in in the same area. The buildings are beautiful and I’ve heard the people are lovely too. This would be such an amazing trip.

There we go! There’s my 2018 travel bucket list. I’m not confident I’ll be able to tick any of these off my list but there’s always next year! Where would you like to go this year? Got any trips booked? Let me know!

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  1. Great list! I’m an Aussie who loves travelling so don’t disregard us! We might be far away but we’re totally worth it, I promise! I live in Adelaide, South Australia and we have some of the best beaches in the world, but shhh.. don’t tell anyone, the tourists don’t come here! Head on over and check out some of my blog posts about my beautiful country (and many others!).

  2. Finland and Israel are both on my bucket list too, so if you go please pass along any recommendations! If New York City has ever been on the list, I recently put together a post about how to make the most of your time there (I just moved back to the Midwest after living in the Big Apple for 6 years). Feel free to check it out.

  3. Great list! I’ve been to Germany from this list. But would love to visit Finland. When we were planning our trip to Iceland to see the Northern Lights, we had explored the option of going to Finland. Have you managed to see any other place from this? You can check my blog here to read about it, i hope it encourages you to add the magical country of Iceland to your bucket list –> https://wabisabiluxury.com/2018/04/15/winter-in-iceland/

  4. Ok, our lists are huge, but We are wanting to visit in the next 5 years: Cartagena, Columbia; Japan; Russia (at the top); Sweden (my heritage); Machua Picchu, Peru; Cruise in the middle East (including Abu Dhabi). Ok WAIT… I guess I need to win the lottery too! I love dreaming

  5. That’s a lot of places for one year! Beijing is lovely but the traffic there is just insane!!! There are absolutely no traffic laws but the history there is 👌🏼

  6. They’re some really cool places, you should definitely do at least one of these this year, a quick weekend in Copenhagen maybe, slightly less £’s than some of the further afield options.

  7. Wow you’re going to have a great time travelling round all those places! In Beijing, make sure you see Beihai park, its beautiful!
    As for being ginger, i am too – just wear lots of suncream :’)

  8. For a not big traveller this is pretty impressive list. I hope your dreams will come true and you’ll visit those places 😊

  9. thats a really cool idea for a blog, i have never thought about bucket lists of places. Out of interest how have you been sponsored? like have you any advice for me

    1. A brand contacted me about writing this post and including their link in it, that’s the sponsored part. But all the text and the opinions are mine. I have a post about it, if you type sponsored posts in the search bar x

  10. What a fantastic list! I agree with you in that I’m an avid traveller, but being in the road non-stop is my idea of hell. There’s nothing quite like your own bed and a hug from the parental as or a mate when you need it. And I’ll just add – I’m an Australian with a very fair complexion and six months of the year I want to become a mole woman.

  11. That’s really cool ! My goal for 2018 was to kick off with some adventure. So I hiked the Great Wall of China 🙂 Besides that I visited Shanghai, Hangzhou and Shaoxing.. You can visit my blog to check out my posts on the same. The Great Wall post is coming up soon 🙂

  12. I love your list! I have never travel Israel, it sounds like very fun to discover a new world 🙂

  13. For scandinavia I would recommand Norway as well! I liked the landscape there way more than in Finland – the mountains, fjords and the ocean close by. But I guess you are more of a city person? That might be a bit hard to find there 😀

  14. Love your list – good luck in making even one happen 🥂

    I’d like to get to Tuscany for research as my book is set there! I want to feel and smell the vineyards so the words on the pages come across authentic!

    However if I don’t make it, I’ve a weekend in Milan to look back on and a road trip (completed yesterday) back to the UK from Portugal 👌🏼 So I’ve not done badly have I?

  15. Great list! Copenhagen is also near the top of my city break list! For Germany I’d definitely recommend Cologne. Especially on New Years Eve, you’ll never experience anything like it! Israel sounds so interesting. I have a Russian friends who absolutely loves Tel Aviv, it looks beautiful. Looking forward to hearing more about your 2018 travels x

  16. I’m currently doing the big thing and travelling for a year 🙈 but totally agree with you about Israel, I’ve only recently discovered it as a destination to visit! And Finland too. Copenhagen is really amazing, would definitely recommend 😊

  17. I agree about Israel – I just watched a Netflix documentary about Israel’s food culture and it finally put that part of the world on my radar! Olive oil yummm haha

  18. Try and make Copenhagen, it was such a beautiful and cool place to visit. The flights don’t tend to be too bad either.

  19. All of these places are so cool! I loved going to Berlin and hearing people speak German! I’m hoping to go to Singapore this year for a friends wedding and maybe japan 🙂

  20. Finland would definitely be on my list too! I have only ever travelled to Turkey and Poland – Poland being the best by far! This year I want to travel to France at least because I live in Kent so it’s not hard to get the Eurostar and I have no other excuse really! I’d love to road trip around America or visit the Maldives before it finally sinks. Loved this post so much! Rebecca-Marie xxx http://www.animesummers.blogspot.com

    1. Wow you’re super close to the Eurostar it’d be so Close! It only takes about 40 mins drive from where I am. We’re actually quite close to each other! France is great, I’ve been 6 times! xxx

  21. This is what I love about living in UK – we have access to so many countries just a short (ish) plane ride away… except Beijing. Fab list though and hope you manage to visit some of them. Travel is great for the soul!

    1. We’re in quite a fortunate position on the globe, aren’t we. Some places don’t even require a plane either. I’m not one for feeling like you NEED to travel in life but I like a holiday and I’d love to visit some new places.

  22. Great post! Rather than going abroad, I really want short breaks around the UK this year.

    Soffy // themumaffairs.blogspot.com

  23. This is such a cool travel bucket list Jenny 💖. I love how you have included some really unusual places! Beijing is a place I want to visit, I love Chinese food too! Also, you can never visit Disneyland too many times, every trip is always fun & exciting 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  24. Your bucket list makes me excited! Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a wanderlust. Now it’s hard for me to travel because I have a family with young kids. But Ireland and Italy are on our bucket list! I can’t wait till the day when I go!

  25. Love this! I’ve been to 2 places on this list; Germany and Disneyland Paris and loved both! I haven’t been on holiday for agessss because things have always seemed to crop up, but this year I’m desperate to go to Paris and actually see Paris (i.e. Eiffel Tower etc), and Rome!!


      1. Wow, sorry the autocorrect on my phone went so wrong for that comment. I meant ‘such an interesting selection of’ haha, oops xxx

  26. I’m similar to you, love exploring new places but I wont be travelling the world for any length of time. Hope you start to make your way through that list – check out Berlin for Jan-march time for some fab deals.

  27. I wish you the best of luck to visit all of these countries! One of my biggest goals for 2018 is to travel more as I’ve never had the real opportunity to do so. The first trip I have planned in near future is to Ljubljana, Slovenia. I’m so excited. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  28. I was lucky enough to travel round lots of Germany last year and visit Copenhagen and they are both definitely worth visiting! Copenhagen is such a beautiful city and there is so much to see. I also lived in Nuremberg for 9 months so I might be a little biased but it’s an incredible city!! I really want to make it across to Ireland at some point this year because I still have never been! xo

  29. I started this year actually with a random burst of wanderlust and wanted to immediately pack my bags to go to and Paris and St. Petersburg and just generally go out and explore. Although this wandering spirit left me soon after, reading this list has sparked it again! I’ve never even thought about Finland as a destination, but after a quick Google search you’ve got me all excited! SO LET’S GOOOOOO! 😉



  30. I love this travel list! I’d love to go to most of those countries too, especially Copenhagen.

    Amy | hookedonthemusic.com

  31. I feel like everyone who lives across the pond are so lucky! There’s all these diverse countries and cultures that you can get to! Here in the US we’ve got nothing but states lol. And it’s such a long flight to get to the other side of the world.

    I have yet to go to Disneyland Paris or Paris in general. As well as England! And Italy. Sigh.

  32. Great list 🙂
    Copenhagen is amazing! I went last year to visit a friend studying over there and it’s such a nice place. Whenever you go make sure to hire a bike to cycle around it’s so much fun xx

  33. I’ve been to Frankfurt, Jerusalem and Paris on your list. Not Disneyland Paris, although I did think some of the French service staff were very cartoon-like in their rudeness. See how I shoehorned that pun in there? Seriously though, they ran true to stereotype. I don’t have a bucket list as such but we all have a very soft spot for Dundee and Falmouth so we’ll be going back to both again this summer – crab nets ahoy! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  34. I’d love to go Disney Land Paris again as I can’t remember much of my trip because I was a child, my dream place to visit is Japan though 😍😍

  35. Such a good list! My brother went to Copenhagen last year and his photos made me so jealous. It looks so beautiful. I’ve never been to a Scandinavian country yet, but they’d be top of my list! (I also hate the heat haha!)
    Beth x

  36. The only place on your list I’ve been is Germany. Loved it. My daughter always wanted to go to Disneyland Paris and this year she went to DL in Tokyo! (She’s abroad for a yr TEFL in South Korea.) Japan has always been on her bucket list so two ticked off in one go!

  37. What a lovely list of places! I’d like to visit some of them myself, but as you say it’s all about having enough money to do so and obviously time to haha! Thanks for posting this x

    Emily | thatcreativegenius.wordpress.com

  38. I’d second the recommendation for the Christmas Market in Nuremberg. I really love this list of places (not sure about Beijing because I think the pollution levels are awful, but definitely China one day!)
    We’ve been to Helsinki and did a little boat trip around the archipelago – it was bright and sunny but FREEZING! Copenhagen is another lovely place – small enough to walk around and a visit to Tivoli Gardens is a definite must whilst you’re there.
    I’d happily ride Small World at Disneyland Paris all day long 🙂 When we go – everyone gets a choice of one ride that all the others have to go on without grumbling – you can guess which one is my pick!
    We went to Jerusalem a couple of years ago around Christmas time (we cruised into Haifa and they arranged a coach tour). Fascinating city and so much to see.

    With so much going on this year, we don’t have anything booked other than a short break at Centre Parcs. Once husband gets his schedule sorted for his new job we will definitely be hunting for a cruise – it’s been too long since I’ve been at sea!

    1. Blimey you’ve been everywhere I wanna go. I don’t think the pollution in Beijing is a problem if it’s only a brief visit. I wouldn’t want to live there amongst it though. It’s A Small World is a cute ride. My choice for that would definitely be Thunder Mountain – my absolute favourite ride.

  39. If you like to see Nuremberg I suggest to go at Christmas time and see the Christmas Market. It is absolutely gorgeous and even has a part which has stands from all over the world. However, you would have to book early because it’s not an insider tip anymore 😊 http://www.christkindlesmarkt.de/en/

  40. Haha yeah I agree with you that Australia is too hot! And I’d know considering I’ve lived here my entire life 😋😋 I love your list! I also want to go to many of those places.
    ❤ Ashlee

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