Emerging travel trends: Bucket list holidays to arrange in 2018

As we make our way into 2018 travel trends, the big contenders for bucket list holidays this year have already begun to make themselves known.

Last year we saw Sri Lanka, Bali, Kerla in India, South Africa take centre stage as the biggest bucket list holidays for travelers and social media bloggers. This year, these are the top 10 places to put at the front of your travel bucket list holidays…

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The varying landscape and breath-taking scenery and culture of this country attracts people of all ages, and the more discerning traveller will already be aware of the pound’s strength over the Yen making 2018 a great time to visit.

Japan offers an unparalleled combination of vibrant city life, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples.

Things go up in price during March and April when it is the world famous cherry blossom season, as well as in early May when most of the country is given a week off work!

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The 7,000 islands that make up the Philippines are set to take over as the trendiest place to visit in 2018, pushing Bali down the list.

There are goergeous green rice fields, incredible rock formations along the coast, smouldering volcanoes and some of the kindest people on the planet.

It is one of the best places in the world to swim with whale sharks, with some of the most popular beaches including Pagudpud, El Nido, Cebu and Borocay.

December to April are dry and not too hot, but at New Year and Easter prices as much as triple.


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South Korea

Despite the growing tension on North Korea, 100,000 British tourists visit the south country every year with many people, including blogger Fii, going to live there.

Seoul has a very cool reputation among travel bloggers due to its nightlife, cuisines, quirky cafes, strong fashion trends, seaside fishing villages, beautiful Buddhist temples and a skyline to rival its neighbours.

Unbeknown to many is that you can also see cherry blossoms here, among the green, hilly countryside.

The temperatures rocket in the high season which stretches from June to September. From November to April you can expect snow and in May you’ll get to see that beautiful blossom.

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I very popular destination 10-years-ago, Morocco is making a comeback in 2018. There is a huge diversity of things to do and see, from mountains to desserts, ancient cities to modern foodie trails in Fez.

A comeback is unsurprising considering the spectacular architecture and tiled décor that makes the country so unique, beautiful and perfectly Instagrammable.

It is a perfect spot for summer sun, with high season taking place between November and March and the low season from May to September.

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An island on the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast, Malta has been overlooked for too long. It is cheap to fly to, but offers stunning coastal sights and clear blue waters.

Valletta is famous for culture and sights, such as palaces, museums and Baroque landmarks and churches. Senglia, a fortified city, is grand and historic.

It is a small island and so perfect for a weekend break alone, in a couple or with friends.

June and August are extremely busy month, with April, May, September and October offering light relief but still high temperatures. Between November and February temperatures drop to as low as 12 degrees Celsius with strong winds at times.

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The world’s fourth largest country, Namibia has been coined ‘Africa for beginners’. Its name come from the world’s oldest dessert, which is contained in the country, and the wildlife is spectacular, with high numbers of elephants and cheetahs.

You can go for dessert tours, national parks, dolphin and seal cruises, off-road driving, huge stretches of endless land and picturesque beaches.

High season is June to September, but early on in these months temperatures can drop low during the night. May and November are less popular, but still good times to visit.

Discover other amazing holiday destinations in Africa here.

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More and more people are choosing to go to Mexico, not only for the arts and music scene but for the strong local culture that is celebrated and shared – not to mention beautiful beaches.

The architecture is one of its strongest pulls, with ancient ruins adorn the breadth of the country, along with historic towns from the Spanish colonial-era. In Mexico City shops, museums and modern restaurants cater to millennials and foodies.

December to April are the driest months, but Christmas and Easter are big holidays in Mexico making it very busy. July and August are good times to visit, it is also a time when Mexican are likely to travel, but rain is likely on the Pacific coast.

Find out more about Mexico at beautyandthebird.co.uk.

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These 115 islands are set to rival the Maldives for luxury escapism, partly due to the political crisis currently underway in the Indian Ocean.

Seychelles isalso in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. It’s home to  beaches, coral reefs, rainforests, nature reserves, and nature reserves, as well as rare animals including the giant Aldabra tortoises.

For people after the ultimate paradise honeymoon, this is the place to be – with plenty of exploring thrown in such as snorkeling, wildlife cruises, diving and more watersports.

It is hot and humid between December and March, with cyclones possible (check out what happened when I was in the Maldives and a cyclone hit). April, May, October and November are still warm but much quieter in terms of tourism – they tend to be the best months for diving visibility, calm waters and even more peace.

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Prices are low here and so it has remained popular over the last few years. Most people have been heading to Lisbon, which was hailed by many as ‘the new Berlin’ due to its vibrant arts and culture scene.

This year, despite popular food tours in the city, people are more likely to head to the second largest city – Porto, the breath-taking cliffs and bays of the Algarve, or the former fishing village Albufeira.

Winter is the low season, with temperatures slightly above the UK, making it is cost-effective time to visit if the sun isn’t your priority.


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New Zealand

A hugely popular destination for 2018 and a place countless people are moving to. New Zealand isn’t a holiday spot it is a long stay, with NHS workers and various British professionals leaving the expensive lifestyle and grey British weather behind.

It consists of two main islands, both marked by volcanoes and glaciation, decorated with many more smaller ones. You will find national parks, Māori culture, surfing and skiing, film locations and spectacular scenery.

Winter runs from June to August, with summer taking place in December, January, February.

See more travel ideas here.


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  1. February 10, 2018 / 6:13 pm

    These are all great destinations– I’ve been to most of them, and Malta is my favorite from this list. It has a fascinating history, nice beaches, interesting architecture, and delightful people.

    • mattielaceydavidson
      February 11, 2018 / 8:36 pm

      Oh I’m planning a trip this year! Do you have any tips?

  2. Creative Nails
    February 11, 2018 / 11:56 pm

    What a great post! I’ve been looking at trying to get ideas of where me and my boyfriend could go on holiday over the summer time and this provides some great information so thank you!


    • mattielaceydavidson
      February 12, 2018 / 9:55 am

      You’re so welcome! I hope you have a great time wherever you go x

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