2018 Travel Bucket List

It’s a new year and although I’m on lockdown until at least March, I can’t help but indulge in a little cheeky planning session of what will be on our bucket list of travel destinations in 20182018 Travel Bucket List

I haven’t been able to go on any international travel for a few months and now that I’ve received my brand spanking new passport, I’m eager to start working on getting those pages stamped. Call me a nerd or a weirdo but I love going through all my travel stamps and reliving those memories of visiting new and wonderful places.


I asked Chris the other day what places he wanted to cross off his list and we both agreed on the following locations. How feasible this will be for us with a newborn on the way is a challenge we will tackle when the time comes. Having said this, we are always open to any suggestions and helpful advice because when child wrangling is concerned we are almost clueless – at least I am.


2018 Travel Bucket List


I can’t tell you how long I’ve been dreaming of visiting the Philippines and this year is going to be the year we make it happen. I don’t think I’ve seen places with bluer waters than here and the amount of water activities you can enjoy is just insane. From lakes and lagoons to mountains with cascading waterfalls, this place just looks like a dream.


Why Philippines Should Be On Your Bucket List


A dream with over 7,000 islands to be discovered to be exact and this place will have numerous underground rivers and caves, hundreds of world-class, pristine white beaches with magnificent limestone formations, crazy-colorful coral reefs that are a divers dream, 2,000-year-old rice terraces carved by ancient islanders, one of the world’s deepest ocean trenches and over 20 volcanoes.


I’m mentally packing my bags already and picking out my bikinis!


South Africa

Why South Africa should be on your bucket list

Yet another that was actually on my list for 2017 but we ran out of time and the pregnancy has placed a hold on my ambitious travel plans but nevertheless, we will definitely try to make this one happen this year! From what I’ve heard it’s an affordable destination that offers a multitude of experiences that one can only dream of. At the very top of this list for us is doing a safari and a personal bucket list item is to go shark cage diving because where else would you go to come get a whiff of a Great White’s breath?


So if you’re up for a good adventure then chances are you’ll find exactly that in South Africa and I hear the wine isn’t too bad either. After my lofty ten-month abstinence from alcohol, I’m ready to hand over that sobriety chip and get my hands on a glass (or twenty) of wine.



Aside from the fact that you can pick up ludicrously cheap flights from Sydney to Hawaii, we all know the place for its pleasant weather and amazing beaches. But there are actually so many more reasons to visit the place and on the top of my list is to visit the Napali coast and checking out some of the amazing hikes they have to offer. Did I also mention that we’re obsessed with waterfalls? Well, Hawaii looks like they have some pretty epic ones to offer as well! You can call us waterfall connoisseurs if you want – ha!


Why Hawaii should be on your bucket list



2018 Travel Bucket List - China, Hua ShanThis isn’t a new place for me but it sure will be for Chris and I can’t wait to show him that this is not only where my family is from but it is so much more than the land where knock-off Louis Vuitton’s originated. After all, where else are you going to find panda sanctuaries?!


Even though the major cities have their fair share of pollution and congestion, they’re still stunning at night. I am particularly patriotic when it comes to the hometown of my family and still think Shanghai is an exquisite city and late night walks along The Bund are one of the many things I look forward to each time I visit.


If you want to see the natural wonders of China then you must visit Hua Shan (Yellow Mountain) and Jiu Zhai Gou because those amazing mountains you see in traditional Chinese paintings are exactly what you’ll find here. Even more surprising is that these locations generally have minimal pollution!



2018 Travel Bucket List - New York City

We wanted to balance out all the adventure in the great outdoors with a little city life and chose to add tinsel town and the big apple. Looking forward to discovering hidden gems in these cities and of course indulging in a little ‘window’ shopping and just being tourists. 2018 Travel Bucket List - Los Angeles


If we somehow manage to find a few weeks to spare then we’d love to hire a car and road trip from one end to the other. From the metropolis that is overflowing with movie stars, aspiring actors and models, musicians and surfers to the city that’s known for its fashion, nightlife and art. I know people always give mixed reviews about LA and I just think it takes an open mind to appreciate its uniqueness – even with the perpetual traffic. I only ever got a chance to spend a few days in NYC many years ago and would love to spend some time discovering everything it has to offer. I have heard however that you could spend a lifetime and still not scratch the surface so I’ll just have to settle for whatever we can cram in.


What’s on your Travel Bucket List for 2018?


Check out my tips for girls travelling solo here if you’re thinking of heading on an adventure of your own this year!

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Helen Chik is a Sydney based fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle digital content creator and influencer sharing everything from unique style to her adventures around the world through her rainbow tinted lenses.

  • The Phillipines would be a dream! I have wanted to go for ages, but this year it isn’t on my bucketlist… only because I had to narrow down my bucket list to make it as feasible as possible 😀

    This year I have Mauritius (again) and Borneo on there, with the possibility of Thailand (again) and Vietnam too. Obviously I want to go absolutely everywhere, but that isn’t likely hahaha.

    Good luck in reaching some of your bucketlist destinations this year. I look forward to seeing how you navigate it with bub in tow 😀

    <3 Mon

    • I know!!! The Philippines has been on our list for such a long time and I would’ve gone last year had I not been pregnant! Mauritius sounds amazing! Thailand and Vietnam are amazing countries too. We loved seeing Vietnam for the first time last year and would go back in a heartbeat!

      • Hehehehe damn little bean growing in your belly… (JOKES – that is another amazing adventure in itself 😉 )

        Mauritius is such an incredibly beautiful country, but I am sure a lot has changed in the 10 and a bit years since I was there! We are lucky too as my mum’s family are from there so I will have some subsidised accommodation hahaha.

        I did see all your content from Vietnam. It looked amazing – so bright and colourful and culturally rich!

  • Celeste Godoy

    Loved your list, dear! We’re currently planning a trip to China but South Africa and Thailand are on my list as well!

    • Ooooh let me know what you plan and I can give you pointers for China. I’ve been to a lot of the main cities in China! Thailand is another favourite of mine so let me know if you need any tips 😉

  • Ariel Theresa

    oh how fun!!! Every single destination looks stunning! I love how varied each choice is. I hope you have your year of travel, can’t wait to read about them!

  • Great list! Philippines and South Africa are on my list too, they look beautiful. I didn’t like LA that much except for the beaches but NYC was amazing. This year I want to do a road trip through the canyons in the States (Grand, Antelope, etc) and I’d love to do a Eurotrip too.

  • South Africa has been at the top of my bucket list for YEARS! I hope I actually make it this year! You’ll love Hawaii if and when you go! It’s amazing!

  • Ooh Hawaii is definitely on my travel list and Hong Kong and Shanghai too! I think The one place I really want to visit though is Tokyo to see the Sakura festival! That’s the one I’m really saving for now 🙂

  • South Africa & NYC are big ones for me, but all of these places look beautiful! Can’t wait to follow your adventures! 🙂


  • SO many great places on your list, how amazing would South Africa be?? Hawaii is definitely on my list, along with Paris, Nashville and Seattle— a very random mix!

  • Christine Foster

    Catch a whiff of a great whites breath!! Hahah! I love it! I really do want to go on a safari. South Africa looks absolutely incredible!

  • So many great places to go! So far on our travel list for 2018 is Whistler but I can’t wait to start planning more =o)


  • Pipesnbuttons

    South Africa has been on my list foreverrrrr! I really want go on a safari, as cheesy as that sounds hahaha! I’ve been to all the islands in Hawaii in college for a choir tour and I have to say that it’s beautiful! I really want to go to Europe too. Vienna for sure and all the other wonderful musical cities!

  • Deddeh Howard

    This is the best list as I’m planning my 2018 travels. I can’t wait to go back to Hawaii and visit Bali. Thanks for this beautiful.

  • Panda sanctuaries – what more do you need to book a trip 🙂 I love NYC and plan to visit there in April plus a trip to Bucerias for a little sun and surf in November. Great list and great images

  • This is such a great travel list! There are so many places on this list that I want to visit. The Philippines looks absolutely beautiful and tropical. I hope your new year is filled with many travel adventures!

    ~ xo Sheree

  • Marcy Yu

    I need to make my own bucket list and definately Philippines will be there too! You will love South Africa is such a beautiful country and so much to do (very cheap)! My fav was Cape Town. For sure need to ad Bali on my list too.


  • Yes to Philippines and NYC! I’m also thinking of my travel destinations for 2018, and NYC is one of them. Great post, so many places to explore. On my TBK for the first half of 2018 are Paris, Amsterdam, Santorini, Barcelona and NYC! Can’t wait for it. But I’ll be keeping an eye on your blog, coz I want to see your pics from South Africa!

    Cheers, Eliza | http://www.fashion-confession.com

  • Ohhh What a Great Travel Bucket List:)
    I think Hawaii, China would be for me too:)
    Besides if these Santorini, Mykonos what we already Booked for April May, Thailand and Maldives are on my List too:)
    I hope I see soon your Travel Post:)
    Always sooo Beautiful and Interesting 🙂

  • brownpaperdoll

    omg reading this bucket list has totally given me the travel bug! This year, I’m hoping to go to fashion weeks, as well as a romantic vacation with my hubby to the Amalfi Coast! xo, Lauren Ashley

  • jacqueline

    What a great bucket list. So many places i didn’t even think of like the Philippines and South Africa. I’m from LA so if you ever need tips for places let me know. I’ve got tons. LA is a good place to visit but be prepared to spend a ton, sit in traffic and a lot of vapid people haha

  • Hi Helen,

    Omg! I’ve never been in ANY places you mentioned on the list. Your travel Bucket list looks like a dream. Let me steal some destinations for my list 😃 I personally plan trips to Costa Rika, South of France, New York, Hong Kong, and Dublin.



  • Amanda N Dustin Smith

    Barcelona has to be top on my list right now! I’m just trying to sneak my husbands passport because he dosnt have one, clear his schedule, and get my little ones sorted without him noticing! NBD lol! You are so inspiring with your travels and especailly with your line up for travel with your new little one. That’s something we still have yet to do. I too REALLY want to visit South Africa esepcially after seeing Marcy’s beautiful post!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

  • I have been waiting to go Singapore so long! Also I really want to go Japan this year!

    I am also going to Hawaii in March! But China is a great idea, I will definitely add it on my list
    Thank you for sharing

  • This year I’m heading to Israel for my son’s Bar Mitzvah for 3 weeks but that’s about it for international travel. I am hitting Miami next week but that’s more or a visit than vacay. Be sure to hit me up when you hit NYC! Would love to meet and shop 🙂

  • You always have the best trips! Hawaii never disappoints and I’ve heard South Africa is such an amazing place to visit. Can’t wait to follow your travels this year!

    Chow Down USA

  • Tandya

    I loved reading your 2018 Travel Bucketlist! You are not a nerd at all, I love
    going through all my travel stamps and reliving those memories as well! The Philippines is on my life bucket list! I don’t know when I would make it there. That trip would take a lot of research on my part! One day.


  • Belle Kraxberger

    This is a fantastic list! Of all of those, I’ve only been to Hawaii, but the rest are also on my list! This year I’m hoping to finally make it to Canada and Seattle!

    Belle | http://www.twofeelswrite.com


    Beautiful bucket list. I’d like to go at Philippines, Hawai, South Africa, and LA/NY. Thank you for sharing

  • Love your travel wish list! All of these places look epic! The Philippines, South Africa and China are most definitely on my list. I’ve been to LA, NY, and Hawaii – absolutely love those places and can’t wait to spend more time there in the future! I’m hoping to make it back to Europe again this year, haven’t decided where yet.

    Xo, Rachel