Bucket list destinations 2018

We all have a list of things we would like to do by the time we are 30, 50 or before we leave this world. On my bucket list, you will find very various things such as buying a Chanel Classic handbag (regular size not a small one) on my own, watch Daft Punk in concert, get a rescue dog and many more. However, most of my bucket list items are travel related.

True story: a few years ago I did a list of all the places I wanted to go to before having children and assuming that I would visit 2 a year, I could get pregnant at approximately 39. Andrew wasn’t too impressed…

So today I thought I would list my ultimate bucket list destinations, and I am very lucky that at 30-something I have already been to some of these! So in the alphabetical order, we have…

Brazil

I always wanted to visit Rio de Janeiro in particular! Copacabana and Ipanema are names that made me dream of warm water, white sand, samba music and caipirinha. Lucky me, in 2013, we went to Brazil and absolutely loved it! Seeing the Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer in real life was magical. Still one of my favourite trips to date!

Claire Imaginarium in Brazil

Cuba

Cuba has been on my list for so long. The charming streets of La Havana, the vintage cars, the cigars, the music, the landscapes – I really want to get there before it gets ‘spoiled’ by the increasing among of tourists. My main challenge at the moment is to get Andrew to add it to his list, I will get there I am sure!

Cuba
Source – Sebastien Mas Photography

Island hopping in Greece

Visiting the Cyclades had always been a dream of mine and in 2016 this dream became reality! Andrew and I decided that rather than going somewhere very far on our honeymoon, we would stay in Europe, spend our money on outrageously good hotels and island hop in Greece. It was amazing! I have never felt that spoiled in my entire life!

Claire Imaginarium in Santorini

Iceland

Now this one is hopefully happening this year! Seeing the beautiful landscapes of Iceland and the Nothern Lights has been in the top 3 on my bucket list for a good 2 years now!

Iceland
Source – Sebastien Mas Photography

Istanbul

Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Bosphorus separating Europe from Asia… Istanbul is almost a mystical destination. We went in 2015 and it was even better than what we expected! The sights are breathtaking of course, but the people and the food of Istanbul make it a fantastic destination.

Claire Imaginarium in Istanbul

Japan

The Land of the Rising sun is pretty much on everybody’s bucket list. Once a very far away destination, modern transports and flight frequency make it now a fairly easy to access and reasonably priced destination. We went in 2017 to visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka, and we loved it so much that we know we will be back there within the next 5 years max! It is also good to note that it is a fantastic travel destination for children as Japan is extremely safe and clean!

Claire Imaginarium in Japan

Jordan

As a child, I always associated Jordan with Indiana Jones! I desperately wanted to join his adventure in the Lost City and, in 2012, I did! It was one of our favourite trips ever! Petra is just insanely beautiful and another real highlight for us was Wadi Rum, probably the closest I will ever get to feel like I am on Mars.

Claire Imaginarium in Jordan

Patagonia

The Torres del Paine mountains, the Perito Moreno glacier, Ushuaia, Patagonia is just insanely beautiful. Part of me is hoping that one day someone will pay me to hire a camper van and go film and photograph it all for a month. Dear potential sponsors, I am working on my followers’ numbers I promise, now can you work on the budget to make it happen? Pleeeaaase!

Patagonia
Source – Michael George for National Geographic

Machu Picchu

Visiting the Machu Picchu is again a very popular bucket list item and for obvious reasons. Everybody I know who has been loved it and Peru has a great reputation for being beautiful and the locals lovely. One day…

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Source – Pexels

Maldives

Turquoise water, white sand, pure luxury hotels, Maldives I am so ready for you! I bring the snorkelling gear, you bring the sun? Great! It’s a date (hopefully) soon!

Maldives
Source – Maldives.com

Norway

I have always been interested in the Scandinavian way of life – the food, lifestyle, aesthetic, everything seems so well thought and pleasant. If I had to choose which country to visit, my heart would pick Norway! The Fjords, breathtaking landscapes, beautiful architecture and the bonus of potentially seeing the Nothern Lights put Norway very high on my bucket list!

Norway fjord
Source – Sebastien Mas Photography

The Seychelles

Like the Maldives, the Seychelles are for me synonym of idyllic islands. I imagined turquoise water, white sand, delicious fresh fish and a lot of honeymooners. I can confirm that the cliches are true! Andrew took me there in 2011, after 3 months of us dating, and let’s say that we felt slightly out of place surrounded by all the newlyweds!

Go on a Safari

Like many Millenials I grew up with Disney’s Lion King, I also happen to be a true animal lover (I am that person who will walk out of their way to get a snail found on the pavement to a nice green space, no shame!) so watching wildlife has always been fascinating to me. In 2011, 6 of us headed to South Africa and did a safari in Kruger National Park. Safaris are known to be expensive but Kruger offers much cheaper options where you can drive your own car and stay in hostels like camps. It was great for my young professional salary, we didn’t see lions but we saw many other wonderful creatures. My favourites remain zebras!

Claire Imaginarium zebras in Kruger

Tuscany

If you close your eyes and start thinking of Italy chances are you are picturing the hilly, cypress-lined country roads of Tuscany. I am very fortunate that it has been a family vacations destination since I was a child. I have been there many times and started to take its beauty for granted, that is until I took Andrew there in 2015. Using his own words: “Claire, everywhere I look is ridiculously beautiful“. Yes, it is indeed… Siena, Florence, all the villages, I like it all, and I feel so fortunate to know that maybe one day this will be where we will take our own children on summer vacations (or maybe retire!).

Claire Imaginarium Tuscany

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