Holidays should be filled with memories that last a lifetime. There are many interesting places in the world to explore and create those memories. Whether you are a solo traveler, couple, family or group. The time has come to plan your travels for 2018 if you haven’t already. Here are some holiday ideas to make 2018 the best year yet! Let’s go

 

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1. Explore the beauty of New Zealand

It is safe to say New Zealand is the nature-lovers’ paradise. Photography, hiking, bungee jumping, sailing, scenic flights, skydiving, dolphin watching, fishing, camping or just relaxing. Whatever you are there to do, you really can’t go wrong. The background sounds of wildlife, ferries, or just a quietness of nature offer such a striking landscape which is so picturesque. It really is serene!

Best way to experience the peace, beauty, and tranquillity of New Zealand is to see it for yourself. Whether you are in a small car, bus, train or boat, cruising at your own pace and whim, or on an Interislander or Bluebridge ferry, you cannot fail to be amazed and enthralled at the variety of constantly-changing scenery which surrounds you on all sides, and the limitless possibility of visits.

National Parks in New Zealand is just so wild and there is so much to explore! You could spend a lifetime and so much would remain untouched. Rugged beauty to the max! The snow-capped mountains change in appearance with changes to the light and the sunshine. You could spend your day just watching the changing vista and not be bored. It is so beautiful, everywhere you look captivates the senses and provides you with a true appreciation of nature. You can explore must-do in North Island of New Zealand here and South Island here.

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2. Road Trip in Australia

A road trip around the Australia is a perfect getaway. Starting from Sydney is common among travelers then heading to either East coast, west coast or around Northern Territory and few other off the beaten path. From few days, weeks to months-long road trip can be experienced with the pristine white sand beaches, cute koala type wildlife or swimming with the sharks or dolphins by your side! There are many road trips to choose from and almost all of them offers some of the most stunning scenery available on this planet. Flying is quicker but in Australia, it’s certainly true that the journey can be as important as the destination, especially in a land dominated by expansive outback landscapes.

World famous Great Ocean Road road trip comes with little beach gem “Lorne”, a sweet little town like Port Campbell and, as well as the magnificent apostles, the beauty of ‘lesser’ locations like Loch Ard Gorge. Another road trip featuring stunning places is east coast of Tassie, from Hobart to the Bay of Fires discovering the amazing short walks–the tallest and widest Australian landscapes. The Coral Coast Drive,  Outback Central Arnhem Highway road trip, The Savannah Way, Journey from Cairns to Cape York are some of the recommended road trips. With great weather and scenery, Australia is one of the best places in the world to pull a road trip. When are you going? Check your flights here.

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3. Climb Mount Everest Base Camp In Nepal

Though still recovering from the earthquake of 2015, Nepal is full of culture, mountains, and optimism. I was impressed with the country’s natural beauty and soaked the fresh air as I kept on walking towards Everest Base Camp earlier this year. You can read Day 1 of Mount Everest Base Camp here, Day 2 here and follow along with the rest of it at the end of suggested posts.

You can also visit the famous Hindu temple knowns as Pashupatinath Temple, Buddhist Monkey Temple on top of a hill or on a Mosque in the middle of the city. Then comes trying out delicious Nepali food such as Dal Bhat, momos, chowmein etc and more.  Let me just add, I met travelers who came for a month trekking and they are living there for 6 years now!  When are you going? Check your flights here.

If you are after one country to spend your holiday in beautiful nature and give back at the same. You can do so in Nepal in many ways. You can either Volunteer in an NGO, teach in a school or participate in social campaigns. Long shot but if happen to be in Nepal during Valentine’s Day in February and not sure what to do there. I’ve got you covered. Hope this helps!

4. Experience Indonesia

If you are a fan of offbeat traveling and unusual things to see and do. You would enjoy Indonesia, even though now a very popular tourist destination, would be a great choice for lesser visited places such as Pantai Parang in Yogyakarta, the spectacular Kalimutu Volcano in the Indonesian island of Flores, Elephant Cave, the temple with an evil face carved out of the big stone at the entrance to welcome the visitors!

I can recommend visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana), three Hindu temples in the heart of a green forest and Pura Taman Saraswati, Hindu temple devoted to Saraswati Devi, goddess of wisdom. Then comes the most peaceful site and view ever, Tanah Lot, yet another Hindu temple, but it sits on a rock in the Ocean surrounded only by the sea and apparently protected by sea snakes!

For the change of scenery, there are miles long beaches as well.  Then off the beaten path of  “ghost town” of Taman Festival Bali, former themed park in Sanur, and the spooky Necropolis of Trunyan traditional village in Kintamani area where residents instead of cremating the bodies of their dead, they lay them on the ground. Indonesia also offers some of the best hotels in the word. Check them out here.

 

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5. Live in the stunning national parks of Canada

If you love nature, mountains, lakes, little resort towns, skiing, snowboarding, canoeing, kayaking, fancy hotels, fun backpackers, camping or glamping. Whatever you are into, you can’t really go wrong here. Canadian National Parks have something for everyone. I’d recommend finding your suitable accommodation either in Airbnb, AgodaBooking.com or Hotels Combined .

You could always drive around but there is something beautiful about stargazing as you sleep and waking up with the first ray of sunshine or witnessing its first reflection of the day on the mountain or the lake right in front of you. When was the last time you experience that?

I’d recommend visiting picture-perfect snowy peaks of Canada’s first national park Banff National Park in Alberta, Kluane National Park and Reserve in the Yukon Territory, home to Mt. Logan, Canada’s highest peak; or Fundy National Park in New Brunswick to see the world’s highest tides; or the crystal-blue lakes. Each National Park is More Impressive Than the Next. So, plan it accordingly.

What I used to take these photos:

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera

This has been my favorite Camera so far. I love how my pictures come out crisp and colorful. It also has a screen which is useful when vblogging. You can check out what I meant on my Instagram which is here.

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GoPro HERO4 Silver

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SanDisk 64 GB Memory Cards

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Over to You:

👉 Can you add any other places to this list of ‘HOLIDAY IDEAS TO MAKE 2018 THE BEST YEAR YET!’?

👉 Would you like to visit any of 5 mentioned countries?

👉 Which places have you already traveled from the list?

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Happy Travels
Anna xx

 

World traveler, photographer, writer, outdoor enthusiast, & social media fanatic! Anna enjoys the minimalist lifestyle, travels only with 10-kilo backpack and a smile on her face. Creativity, inspiration, and travel are what lights her fire. When not geeking out over travel, you will likely find her geeking out over photography, writing, hiking or pretending to sing!

Holiday Ideas To Make 2018 The Best Year Yet!

30 thoughts on “Holiday Ideas To Make 2018 The Best Year Yet!

  • December 6, 2017 at 2:43 am
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    Since am preparing for a holiday, this post provides good places that I can consider. Thanks

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  • December 6, 2017 at 10:16 am
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    Very nice article. Will try #1 and #3 someday.
    I do hope you get to visit the Philippines too.

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  • December 6, 2017 at 10:50 am
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    I am DYING to go to Lake Louise in Alberta! My husband and I haven’t decided exactly where our 2018 travels will take us, but it’s certainly on our list. Same with NZ and Australia!!

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  • December 6, 2017 at 1:46 pm
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    New Zealand and Australia are on my definite to-go-to bucket lists!! I wish I could go this holiday season or any season this year, really! They are such stunning places.

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  • December 6, 2017 at 2:55 pm
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    I have plans of going to Indonesia as well as Nepal in 2018. Let’s see how it pans out in the end!

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  • December 6, 2017 at 3:08 pm
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    This looks so incredible! I really want to travel. At first I thought I did not want to, but after this year it has been on my mind

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  • December 6, 2017 at 3:10 pm
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    Love your photos! I’ve done most of these things except the base camp in Nepal and that has been on my bucket list for a really long time. Fingers crossed, 2018 is the year!

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  • December 6, 2017 at 4:26 pm
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    2018 is really exciting. I already have my bucket list for next year and I really want to add all of these. Traveling is one of my passion and that is my main goal for the year 2018 to travel as many Country as I could. Your photos are stunning I love the views and it gives me more excitement for the upcoming year.

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  • December 6, 2017 at 9:03 pm
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    Mount Everest Base Camp is in my list for too long. I hope I finish it in 2018.

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  • December 6, 2017 at 9:41 pm
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    I want to go to Indonesia. New Zealand sounds fun too. So many places amd a whole new year to try to go.

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  • December 6, 2017 at 10:26 pm
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    These are all wonderful destinations! Looking forward to our next travel too, and hopefully next year’s list will include my dream Asian destination, Japan. 🙂

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  • December 6, 2017 at 11:14 pm
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    These are all a dream! We really want to visit New Zealand, hike and enjoy the beautiful views. We’re huge fans of Lord of the Rings, so we want to see everything in person.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 1:16 am
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    Reading this is making me want to book flights. So far I’ve only ticked off New Zealand and I’d love to go back there too.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 1:29 am
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    Perfect timing of your blog post. I was just thinking of preparing my next year’s time table and this post will really help. I have kept Mt. Everest base camp hiking for 2019 as I will have to prepare a lot before taking that. Australia was on my mind and your suggestion of road tripping across it sounds fun. Thanks for sharing.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 2:15 am
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    I live in Alberta and have never explored Banff. It’s on the before the year is over to do list for me and the boy tho

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:01 am
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    Although I would absolutely love to visit all of these places, probably the most practical would be the Canadian National parks. I have heard they are beautiful. All of the others will definitely have to be put on my bucket list for sometime after the kids are gone and (hopefully) bills are paid. Thanks for sharing your pictures with us!

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  • December 7, 2017 at 5:22 am
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    I have lived and travelled around New Zealand and it was indeed amazing! Australia and Indonesia are on my travel list!

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  • December 7, 2017 at 5:36 am
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    These are some great places to visit this Holiday. I am loving the peaceful and breathtaking view of those places. I will definitely share this with my daughter. We are planning to travel this 2018.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 6:52 am
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    I dont plan visiting any of those countries in 2018, but I would love to explore Indonesia and lakes in Canada

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  • December 7, 2017 at 7:06 am
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    So many great Places and great shot you got. We have a gopro mounted to our dirt bikes and I love the quality of the film.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 7:56 am
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    Oh wow! just wow! all this places are breathtaking! I wish I could go to any of this places next year, but we already planned our holidays and we will tour Eastern Europe. Not much adventure for us, we travel with a 5 year old and a toddler. But we planned to visit Prague, Warsaw, Kiev and Moscow and bring back a lot of amazing memories!

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  • December 7, 2017 at 11:36 am
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    The trek to base camp on Everest is on my bucket list! I’m going to have to save for a while, but I REALLY want to do that one. Such beautiful places to see!

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  • December 7, 2017 at 4:02 pm
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    This is like the ultimate travel bucket list! This is perfect for going into the new year.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 10:47 pm
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    Hello friend…its a nice article “Holiday Ideas To Make 2018 The Best Year Yet!”. Some of the great Places to visit. Its my dream to travel Canada in my life.

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  • December 8, 2017 at 4:30 am
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    Your holiday ideas for year 2018 are so exciting. And more so because I have already been to four destinations out of five described in your post.

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  • December 8, 2017 at 9:16 am
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    New Zealand looks like such a beautiful place. It is on my bucket list to visit NZ but now all of these places are on my bucket list too. Your photos are incredible!

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  • December 8, 2017 at 5:06 pm
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    These are such an awesome places to visit this coming 2018. I will definitely put this New Zealand on my bucket lists.

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  • December 12, 2017 at 8:56 am
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    These are some great ideas, I would love to make true at least one from here. New Zeland is at the top of my list.

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