With each New Year, I think back at the last 12 months and see what I could improve. Mind you, I don’t usually have a lengthy list as I embrace my mistakes, but I do tend to set goals and try my best to attain them. Travellers are people who are always looking for a new place to explore. Usually in January globe-trotters who have set a goal to find a new place to go, skim the web and look for inspiration. With this in mind, we have compiled our 50 unique travel destinations for this New Year Bucket List. This list is suggestive of course and could very well differ from what type of trip you have in mind; however, our goal is to inspire you to see realistic spots that you will enjoy no matter how many others are there at the same time and live up to the hype.

Flight to see the world
Flight to see the world and all the spots on this New Year Bucket List

50 Unique Destinations for your New Year Bucket List

1 -Port Hope Ontario

So I start this bucket list with a quaint and gorgeous town in Ontario, my home Province in Canada. Perhaps a surprising choice, but when you visit Port Hope for a weekend, you will be smitten by its charm. Approximately 90 minutes from Toronto, Port Hope has everything you need for a quick getaway. Stay in a B&B or the historic Carlisle Inn, check out the anglers who patiently wait for their time to shine during salmon season, indulge in a crazy cookie at the Dreamers Cafe, before enjoying incredible pizza at the Loft. A favourite for films, you never know – when you visit, you just may have entered a surreal world created for a particular movie…for us, the IT reboot and the sequel were both in process, bringing the creepy Pennywise character to each storefront.

Thinking of heading to Port Hope? Check out our thorough guide here.

Anglers Try to take advantage of the Salmon migration on the Ganaraska River in Port Hope
Anglers Try to take advantage of the Salmon migration on the Ganaraska River in Port Hope

 

Local guide to Port Hope - Temporary home of Pennywise!
Port Hope needs to be on your New Year Bucket List – Pennywise a lurking!

2 – Chuuk, Micronesia

Soooo we take you from North America, allll the way to Micronesia in our second spot on this bucket list. The lagoon of Chuuk was a big deal in WWII for the Japanese Navy. In 1944, the lagoon was transformed into a tragic burial for many an enemy fighter. To this day, you can scuba dive off the coast of this beautiful low-key tropical island and see remains of nearly all 80 of the sunken Japanese war boats. You divers out there, this spot needs to be on your New Year bucket list.

scuba within the Chuuk Lagoon in Micronesia on your New Year Bucket List
scuba within the Chuuk Lagoon in Micronesia on your New Year Bucket List

3 – The Whitsundays, Australia

When in Australia, I have to say that the Whitsundays were a true highlight. Not only because Whitehaven Beach is rated the #1 softest and whitest sandy beach in the world, but also because it was beautiful, clean, and had some of the most beautiful reefs to see in the flesh. I mean, how can you go wrong being within view and swimming within the Great Barrier Reef? If you can sail through the Whitsundays, check out Airlie Beach, your New Year Bucket List will be complete.

Whitehaven beach Australia should be on your New Year Bucket list
Whitehaven Beach Australia should be on your New Year Bucket list

4 – Nazca Lines, Peru

Some of the most mysterious areas on earth are the most intriguing to the wanderlusting traveller. It’s the uncovering of untold stories that entices the curious and brings them to the doorstep of the unknown to learn more. The Nazca Lines kindles the appeal of heading to Peru for an adventure beyond Machu Picchu. These strange images are drawn upon the Peruvian desert and come to the adventurer as an unsolved and unexplained phenomenon. They are estimated to have been created 2000-5000 years ago and include human, animal, and other shapes including a monkey, with a very curled tail. These symbols are yet to be explained by historians, but you never know if an archaeologist will uncover it one day…

The Mystery of the Nazca Lines of Peru belongs on your New Year Bucket List
The Mystery of the Nazca Lines of Peru belongs on your New Year Bucket List

5 – Yellowstone Park, Wyoming, USA

Don’t you love routine now and then? I do. Well, if you do, you will love seeing Old Faithful, the true and trusted geyser that erupts every 60-100 minutes. Yellowstone Park has more to offer than Old Faithful, but this is definitely the highlight. 147 years on March 1, 2019, Ulysses S. Grant signed the legislation to make Yellowstone an official park. Celebrate this day with a hike, a camp weekend, or just a day trip to see the geysers and the unmatched nature.

Old Faithful - Yellowstone National Park
Old Faithful – Yellowstone National Park – a New Year Bucket List must

6 – The Red Fort – Delhi India

India was one of those countries I had the pleasure of visiting. And although we had our disagreements, it was still a memorable trip full of highlights beyond the Taj Mahal (judge away Taj enthusiasts, but honestly, it wasn’t in my top 10 experiences in this incredible nation…) Head to Delhi when you plan your trip to India and when choosing landmarks for your itinerary, ensure the Red Fort is on the list. Independence day August 15 every year, the Red Fort is honoured for its involvement in such an historic event. The flag was raised here to declare independence from Great Britain – a truly momentous occasion in Indian history.

Thinking of heading to Delhi? Check out our recommendations here. 

The Red Fort, Delhi India
The Red Fort, Delhi India

7 – Delft, Netherlands

How can you go wrong with a town with a famous china with the same name? You get this and more with Delft in The Netherlands. The blue and white china adorns the town and was first created in the early 16th century. This town is a central spot if you want to learn more about the Independence from Spain and for the beautiful tree-lined canals within its streets and alleys.

Delft The Netherlands
Delft The Netherlands

 

Delft Plates - the famous china from Delft the Netherlands
Collection of Delft Plates – the famous china from Delft the Netherlands

8 – Buenos Aires, Argentina

So my husband and I never thought of Argentina until Phil Rosenthal made us salivate with his culinary finds in Buenos Aires on his Netflix show “Somebody Feed Phil.” Now we have this incredible city high on our New Year bucket list and believe that you should too. While there, not only should you try everything under the sun, but you should also grab your sexy dress, fishnet tights, and heels to do the tango on the streets. This beautiful and sensual dance became a thing as far back as the 19th century and continues to seduce couples on the dance floor with every step. If you head to the Argentinian capital in August, there are 18 fun-filled days full of competitions and events.

Do the Tango in Argentina on your New Year Bucket List
Do the Tango in Argentina on your New Year Bucket List

9 – Tokyo Japan

So Tokyo is another one of those places that I really cannot omit from this New Year bucket list as it truly is a city worth visiting. Check out the themed cafes, eat ramen until you are too full to move, find unique and local-favourite anime shops, and see just what crowded really is…(if you ever say that cities in North America are busy again, just remember, that it is a walk in the park compared to the jam-packed streets in Asia…).

Tokyo Japan should be on your New Year Bucket List
Tokyo Japan should be on your New Year Bucket List

10 – Lavenham, England

As a child i’m sure you were sung “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Well, did you ever think about where that catchy ear worm was written? From the window of a second floor flat in the middle of Lavenham England. A medieval village notorious for its crooked houses Lavenham is the perfect day out for some funky architecture, swan-shaped meringues, and just an overly charming getaway.

Lavenham England - Home to Poet Jane Taylor who wrote Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and most crooked of homes
Lavenham England – Home to Poet Jane Taylor who wrote Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and most crooked of homes

 

Head to Lavenham and enjoy afternoon tea at the Swan hotel - enjoy a swan shaped meringue!
Head to Lavenham and enjoy afternoon tea at the Swan hotel – enjoy a swan shaped meringue on your New Year Bucket List getaway!

11 – Tongariro Alpine Crossing – North Island, New Zealand

Time for a hike to work off some of the holiday treats! The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in the North Island is an enduring, tough, yet exhilerating 8-hour hike full of scenic vistas, bird life, and breathtaking views of Lake Taupo. The hike is approximately 12 miles of rugged terrain and arguably is one of the most popular of walks thanks to the volcanic surroundings, flawless photo backdrops, and the challenging trails. And, it is the oldest of all the treks, having been created in 1887!

Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand
Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand

12 – Casa Loma, Ontario

Time to check out Toronto’s castle! The residence of Sir Henry Pellatt back in the day, the Casa Loma stands proudly in Toronto Ontario with its pristine rooms, historic furniture, preserved stables and collection of turn of the century vehicles. Take the secret passage and feel like you’re playing Clue before enjoying a cold drink on their patio in the summer. The Casa Loma also hosts a number of seasonal events from escape rooms, haunted extravaganzas over Halloween, and Christmas fairylands during the holidays.

Check out our guide to Casa Loma before you go!

Make the most out of your Casa Loma Admission
Make the most out of your Casa Loma Admission

 

We are heading up the Secret Passageway in Casa Loma...
We are heading up the Secret Passageway in Casa Loma…

13 – The Pantheon, Rome Italy

Ahhh Roma…you simply cannot go wrong with this romantic Italian capital. Not only is it a hub for ancient ruins, amazing pasta, and fountains to make wishes, but it also has the incredible landmarks as the Pantheon. Not one to overlook when there, check out this incredible spot as it is the most complete ancient ruin in the city. It was built where 2 temples once stood and has remained in tact since 125 AD.

The Pantheon, the most in tact of the Ancient Ruins in Rome, Italy
The Pantheon, the most in tact of the Ancient Ruins in Rome, Italy

 

The Pantheon, the most in tact of the Ancient Ruins in Rome, Italy. A must on your New Year Bucket List
The Pantheon, the most in tact of the Ancient Ruins in Rome, Italy. A must on your New Year Bucket List

14 – Sun Valley, Idaho, USA

Most flock to the Rockies to get their craving for the slopes fulfilled. However, why not head to Sun Valley in the beautiful State of Idaho instead? Enjoy a resort-style atmosphere, a variety of skiing options, and culinary creations that you will totally deserve after your fun-filled workout. I was first drawn to Sun Valley through an episode of I Love Lucy back in the 1950’s where she heads there for a weekend and bumps into Fernando Lamas. Of course it was a barrel of laughs and had me intrigued ever since.

Thinking of planning a trip to Sun Valley? Check out our Winter packing list for essentials that are perfect not only for Canada, but also ski resort conditions!

Sun Valley, Idaho - Bald Mountain Credit: Greg L. Wright, SnapJag
Sun Valley, Idaho – Bald Mountain
Credit: Greg L. Wright, SnapJag

15 – Church of the Nativity – Bethlehem, West Bank, Palestine

A mecca for Christians, the Church of the Nativity is an essential tick off your New Year bucket list. Don’t be afraid to cross into Palestine and see exactly where Christ was born 2000 years ago. The church resembles a fortress-type of structure and offers a sanctuary to honour the core and leader of the Christian faith. Built in 339 AD, the church nowadays welcomes thousands of pilgrims yearly to pray and pay tribute to Christ’s birth. Make sure you look for the 14-point star within the church. This marker denotes the exact spot where Jesus was born.

Star of Bethlehem - West Bank, Palestine needs to be on your New Year Bucket list, especially for Christians
Star of Bethlehem – West Bank, Palestine needs to be on your New Year Bucket list, especially for Christians

16 – Casapueblo – Punta Del Este, Uruguay

An up and coming hot spot in South America, Uruguay is quickly appearing on many an explorer’s New Year bucket list. The Casapueblo is undoubtedly the most recognized and distinct landmark in the country and for good reason! Its white features and architecture would attract any traveller, and in particular, keen photographers wishing the perfect shot at the most ideal vantage point. The entire structure was built in 30 years (whoa!) and was imagined by brilliant sculptor Carlos Paez Vilaro. Legends believe that Vilaro’s vision was inspired by the local bird’s nest shape.

Casapueblo Uruguay
Casapueblo Uruguay

17 – Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

The waterfall on the side of this beautifully alp-enclosed village in Switzerland will have you awakening to unmatched beauty. The fresh mountain air, the charming homes, and the friendly locals make Lauterbrunnen a must on your New Year Bucket List. While staying here, enjoy an ascend up Jungfrau Mountain for incredible views of the Alps and of the small villages below. Atop the mountain, enjoy ice sculptures, educational exhibits, and the chance to send a postcard from the top of the world. Get a special post mark when you mail your letters from this special mailbox! Once down in the village, enjoy delicious cheese fondue and meat pies in the local restaurants exclusive to the town.

Before heading to Lauterbrunnen, be sure to check out our guide for tips and fun facts!

Lauterbrunnen Valley Switzerland
Rapid Stream in Lauterbrunnen Valley in Swiss Alps, Switzerland.

 

Swiss cheese fondue
Enjoying Cheese Fondue in Lauterbrunnen Switzerland

18 – The Sound of Music Tour – Salzburg Austria

The hills are definitely alive in Salzburg Austria…and not only because it is within the Austrian Alps, but also thanks to the beloved Sound of Music Tour right in the city. As a huge fan of this epic musical that won endless awards, I couldn’t leave Salzburg without seeing its filming locations. Enjoy seeing where Julie Andrews and the children frolicked throughout the city, the Abbey, The Captain’s lakeside home, the gazebo where Leisl and Rolf danced, and more. You will catch yourself singing all the songs as you snap photos of each place. You get to stop at various landmarks, including the church where the Captain marries Maria. Truly a must on your New Year Bucket List.

Thinking of doing the tour? Check out our guide.

Buy tickets for a discount here.

The famous Sound of Music Bus!
The famous Sound of Music Bus!

 

The Gazebo used in the I am Sixteen Sequence
The Gazebo used in the I am Sixteen Sequence

19 – Angel Falls, Venezuela

So, I am this massive fan of the Pixar film Up. It is absolutely heartwarming and there isn’t a time I watch it where i’m not a blubbery mess after the first 10 minutes. The characters’ dream is to go to Paradise Falls. Well, this is the adorable fictitious name for the incredible waterfall in Venezuela. Angel Falls are the world’s highest waterfalls at just over 3200 feet! Ironically enough they flow over the nation’s “Devil’s Mountains…” Just make sure you plan well and keep an eye on the travel advisories. Venezuela is gorgeous but sadly in peril at the moment.

Angel Falls Venezuela are a great addition to your New Year Bucket List
Angel Falls Venezuela are a great addition to your New Year Bucket List
Credit: Thomaszp

20 – Saba – Lesser Antilles, Caribbean

Whenever I head to St Maarten, I always marvel at the beauty of Saba from our balcony. This tropical little gem a short boat ride away, is the perfect retreat with rainforests, snorkeling reefs, and one of the most dangerous airports in the world. The name of this island comes from the Arawak language meaning “rock.” A very appropriate name considering the island’s population sits upon this geological formations. There are no beaches on this island thanks to its height and very little horizontal land cover.

Saba - Lesser Antilles, Caribbean
Saba – Lesser Antilles, Caribbean

21 – Fenway Park

Whether you are a fan of Baseball or not, you need to head to the oldest of all stadiums in the MLB. Enjoy a tour, some hot dogs, and possibly a game should you visit during the season. When taking in a game, marvel at the Green Monster and see if you can find the specially marked red seat.

To learn more about Fenway and why you should visit, check out our thorough guide.

Fenway Park
Fenway Park, Boston

22 – Versailles, Paris France

I love Marie Antoinette and all the history surrounding the French revolution. Although not all happy, I find the perils and drama of royalty to be intriguing and of utmost appeal. So you can only imagine how thrilling a visit to Versailles would be to a loyalist as myself to learn more about the sordid history that has shaped France somewhat over the past few centuries. Versailles is a gigantic piece of architectural decadence, mixed with ingenious design. Built in 1682, the palace is monstrous and was the royal residence for the French Royal family until 1789 when Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI were forced to live in the Tuileries Palace. Check out the various halls, the artwork, and of course the unbelievable hall of mirrors.

Thinking of learning more about Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution? Our guide of Marie Antoinette sites is just what you need!

Versailles Palace just outside Paris France
Versailles Palace just outside Paris France

23 – Madagascar

This exotic island just off the African continent has been appealing to travellers and explorers for decades thanks to the exclusive wildlife within its borders. If lucky, those visiting this beautifully lush island will be blessed with their presence graced by various species of lemur and chameleon to name a few. The ring-tailed lemur is the most recognizable and more sought after to grab a selfie, but other lemurs are also readily visible in the forests. While on the island venture to Masoala National Park, only accessible by boat. This remote forested area is home to 10 of the 30 species of lemur that inhabit the country and a spot where you may have a greater chance at spotting the more endangered of the species including the elusive Red-ruffed lemur. Hopefully if added to your New Year bucket list, you will see one as this is the only place on earth to do so in its natural habitat.

Red-ruffed lemur of the Masoala National Park in Madagascar
Red-ruffed lemur of the Masoala National Park in Madagascar

24 – The Agawa Canyon Tour Train – Sault Ste Marie, Canada

The Agawa Canyon not only is a beautiful escarpment plentiful of forest, wildlife, and beauty, but also served as a muse for some of the most famous and talented artists in Canadian history – The Group of Seven. Frequent visitors to the area, the Group of Seven painted the landscape in beautiful impressions that to this day hang in many a gallery with replicas and reprints adorning hundreds of households worldwide. You too can see just what the appeal was to these incredible creators by taking the Agawa Canyon Tour train from Sault Ste. Marie Ontario. Hop aboard, enjoy breakfast at the on board restaurant, and bring a picnic lunch right in the middle of the canyon. See the bridal falls as you hike past marked spots the Group of Seven painted from and try to spot deer deep in the glen. Just make sure you pack bug spray if you head here in the summer. The mosquitoes are in high supply!

Agawa Canyon Tour Train
Agawa Canyon Tour Train

 

Gorgeous Agawa Canyon
Gorgeous Agawa Canyon

25 – Cappadocia, Turkey

I am a huge fan of hot air balloons so heading to a haven of a gazillion of them in the sky sounds like the ideal scenic vista and New Year bucket list experience. The landscape is also a quirky one with the fairy cone formations throughout the terrain. Volcanoes created the somewhat phallic shaped structures attracting millions to see from an aerial standpoint.

Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia, Turkey

26 -The Cliffs of Moher – Ireland

Princess Bride fans out there? Well, if you are, than a trip to these iconic cliffs are essential on your New Year Bucket list. The cliffs located in Burren are the dramatic nucleus to the region. Travellers come to see not only the filming location of the romantic cult classic, but also seek the elusive puffin bird that frequents the region. While here, be sure to check out the indoor exhibits, have a coffee, and grab a cute souvenir in the local shop. Just take my advice – go in the summer! I have been twice and honestly the time I went in the warmer months was more enjoyable as my skin didn’t get pounded by hail! Dress warmly with wellies to avoid any unnecessary colds. An active hiker? Why not attempt the 71-mile trail?

Thinking of heading to the Cliffs of Moher? Check out our guide here.

Cliffs of Moher - Ireland
Cliffs of Moher – Ireland

 

Cliffs of Moher
My Sister and I Freezing on the Cliffs of Moher

27 – The Muri Lagoon – Cook Islands

The Cook Islands have become uber popular for New Zealanders, especially for tropical weddings! And honestly, it really is no wonder as the beautiful islands truly do spell paradise. The Muir Lagoon in Rarotonga is the most enchanting spot in the area and is the perfect spot for snorkeling, swimming, and everything you could possibly want in an island paradise. If you are still thinking of where to go on your honeymoon this year, the Cook Islands just may be the exotic hot spot you are looking for.

Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Rarotonga, Cook Islands

28 – The Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.

The museum of all museums, the Smithsonian has something honestly for everyone. I love the Night at the Museum movies starring Ben Stiller which converted me to appreciating this place. If you do end up going, choose the exhibits you wish to see and plan ahead as the museum is massive with 18 different galleries along with a National zoo. I personally highly recommend the pop culture area if you wish to see such artifacts as Dorothy’s ruby slippers from Wizard of Oz, Archie Bunker’s Chair, or some original Muppets puppets like Kermit the frog. For more political pieces, do be sure to see Abraham Lincoln’s top hat among other incredible pieces of history. Aviation your thing? Amelia Earhart memorabilia is on display along with the Spirit of St Louis flown by Charles Lindbergh, and Wright Bros. original creations.

The Spirit of St Louis plane is on display at the Smithsonian Institute in the Aviation Museum - 1 of 18 galleries
The Spirit of St Louis plane is on display at the Smithsonian Institute in the Aviation Museum – 1 of 18 galleries

29 – Chongqing, China

So this is a foodie haven in the middle of China! Ever tried an authentic hot pot? They originate here and are some of the most delicious meals you will ever devour. Try the extra spicy for an added challenge, or simply enjoy bowls of savoury broth full of herbs and sublime flavours. This former Chinese capital (they were the bees knees during WWII) is home to 30 million people. So you can only imagine how many restaurants are available in this small radius to serve such a hearty, yet economical family meal. The 19th century concoction came about thanks to the ease of apprehending livestock at the time along with complementing ingredients. The cost was reasonable and the effort and time to prepare was somewhat light for the women folk.

The hot pot in Chongqing is truly a cultural staple and definitely a lifestyle more so than a spicy meal shared with friends and family. It is viewed as a chance to share stories and laughs over hot spicy soup.  It is a meal that goes beyond curing one’s hangriness.

Thinking of trying a hot pot in Chongqing? Check out our post here.

The Delicious Hot Pot
The Delicious Hot Pot in Chonqing is a New Bucket List experience you should have.

30 – Cable Beach, Western Australia

One of the more remote areas of the country, Cable Beach’s 22 km of white sand boasts some gorgeous sunsets on the Indian Ocean all year round. The beach was named after a telegraph line between Broome and Java discovered in 1889, connecting Australia with the rest of the world, and continues to bring travellers and a huge population of camel to its sands. Like pearls? Here you can find beautiful and rare South Sea pearls within the world’s largest pearl oysters.

Cable Beach, Broome, Australia
Cable Beach, Broome, Australia

32 – Prince Edward County – Ontario Canada

So, if you like wine and food (a perfect combination in my opinion!) than you will love the County. Another spot in my home province, (I simply cannot get enough of home!) Prince Edward County brings award-winning local wineries, craft beer, artsy boutique shops, and culinary excellence to the table. Take a wine tour with tastings, savour a meal on a patio in the summer, smell fragrant lavender in the incredible and prolific farm of several varieties, and work off your gastronomic indulgences with a kayaking journey in Sandbanks National Park. Personally, I highly recommend Red Tail winery as one you must visit as it is one of the only organic wineries in all of North America.

We love Prince Edward County! Our guide provides you the details on our favourite spots on this epic eastern Ontario road trip!

Chocolate and berry reduction
Chocolate and berry reduction dessert in Prince Edward County

 

The Beautiful Exterior
The Beautiful Exterior of this Prince Edward County winery

33 – Disko Island, Greenland

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty really did speak to me when he ventured to Greenland – a country that has one of the highest levels of happiness. A remote nation that doesn’t hit too many a New Year bucket list, Greenland has its unique appeal that many overlook while booking trips to other glacial and geyser nations as Iceland. Disko Island will bring you not only a break from the touristy crowds, but also untouched icebergs on the horizon in a tiny community where 850 locals call home. Greenland has the most northerly point in the world and the lowest density in population. A seriously appealing hidden gem don’t ya think!?

Greenland
Greenland

34 – Samarkand, Uzbekistan

The mystery of the Silk Road is always something to consider for a New Year Bucket List. Learn of this interesting history while soaking in the culture of such a unique part of the world. Uzbekistan is one of the highlights of the journey and is very deserving of a visit. Delve into the architecture and history while meeting locals and appreciating their way of life. Over 2 thousand years the Silk Road played a massive role in linking the Middle east with Europe along the Mediterranean spanning all the way to China. There are different trading posts with caravans lining the road for travellers to learn further on the processes and events that shaped this mysterious region. The town of Samarkand in Uzbekistan is the spot to discover untold stories and marvel at the turquoise domes similar to those found in Santorini Greece, but with a religious mosaic twist.

Samarand Uzbekistan and the Silk Road belongs on your New Year Bucket List
Samarand Uzbekistan and the Silk Road belongs on your New Year Bucket List

35 – St Andrews Scotland

Even if you do not golf, St Andrews has so much to offer on a Scotland trip. See where Prince William and Kate Middleton met, take in the cathedrals, and run laps on the beach just like the protagonist in “Chariots of Fire.” If you do want to tee off, you would be enjoying 18 holes in the “home of golf,” where many of the world’s most prestigious tournaments take place.

Thinking of stopping in St Andrews on your Scotland road trip? We have a great guide that will give you great tips on what to see and do.

St Andrews is a must stop on your Scotland road trip itinerary
St Andrews is a must stop on your Scotland road trip itinerary

 

Chariots of Fire was filmed in St Andrews Scotland
Chariots of Fire was filmed in St Andrews Scotland

36 – Walt Disney World – Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, Florida

So Walt Disney World will enjoy the grand opening of their new Star Wars land within their Hollywood Studios park this year in June – Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. It will be an epic experience being immersed right into the world beyond our comprehension with characters walking past you, rides and attractions fit for a jedi in training, and all the memorabilia you could want. Do be aware that the crowds will be at their highest during the summer months after the grand opening and to expect lengthier lines than usual.

Love Star Wars? Check out our round-up of Star Wars attractions that will be in the new land!

Meeting Kylo Ren at Star Wars Launch bay, Hollywood Studios on my Disney Itinerary
Meeting Kylo Ren at Star Wars Launch bay, Hollywood Studios on my Disney Itinerary

 

Meeting BB-8 at Star Wars Launch bay, Hollywood Studios on my Disney Itinerary
Meeting BB-8 at Star Wars Launch bay, Hollywood Studios is a great addition to your New Year Bucket List

37 – Kuala Lumpur Night Markets, Malaysia

Sadly, my time spent in Kuala Lumpur was very short – 8 hours as I awaited a flight to Delhi. A big regret was the limited amount I got to see in this super cool city. One of those things that really is a highlight of Kuala Lumpur are the night markets. If you’re a foodie, eat your way through the stalls with various dishes from China, India, and of course the home base of Malaysia. Enjoy Malay delicacies luxuriously crafted by world-class chefs in some of the fanciest restaurants in the city before browsing the kiosks for one of a kind souvenirs to bring home.

Malay food to enjoy at the Night Markets in Kuala Lumpur
Malay food to enjoy at the Night Markets in Kuala Lumpur

38 – The Vitruvian Man, Accademia Gallery, Venice, Italy

Awww Venice – the beautiful sinking city in the Northern area of Italy. I love this part of the country as it brings family tradition and pride, delicious cuisine, and interesting history. If you plan your trip right, you just may get a glimpse of the Vitruvian Man sketch by Leonardo Di Vinci. A very popular art piece surrounded by interpretation of its mysterious meaning, the Vitruvian man is rarely on display and frequently is travelling around the world to various museums, galleries and exclusive exhibits. The art was done in 1490 and has been preserved ever since. The design is of a man and has been said to depict the proportions of the human body. Art connoisseurs would consider seeing the original artifact a definite New Year Bucket List tick thanks to the rarity of seeing it on display in its Venetian home base –  the Accademia Gallery.

Vitruvian Man can be seen at the Accademia Gallery in Venice when not touring the world
Vitruvian Man can be seen at the Accademia Gallery in Venice when not touring the world

39 – New York City

I have enjoyed the Big Apple on a few occasions (highlight of my life getting engaged on Brooklyn Bridge!) and cannot recommend it enough for a New Year Bucket List. The city especially is a highlight around the holidays so if you can hold off on heading here until American Thanksgiving in November to take in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree, and to see all the shop windows on 5th Avenue transformed into Christmas magic, you will seriously be in for a treat. The food scene, coffee shop scene, and attraction scene are all some of the best in the USA if not the world, and the people are just as charming.

Thinking of heading to New York City on your New Year Bucket List? We have a great round up of Christmas in NYC activities to get you pumped for your trip!

Radio City Music Hall on our New York Christmas Itinerary
Radio City Music Hall on our New York Christmas Itinerary

 

Skating in Central Park
Skating in Central Park New York City! A New Year Bucket List Must

 

Home alone booth - one of the fun photos you can take! Christmas Movie Tour in New York City
Take the Christmas Movie Tour in New York City

40 – Saskatoon, Canada

Poor Saskatchewan gets a raw deal in many thinking it has nothing to offer tourism and is flat as a pancake when it comes to scenery. Yes it is true that it is the province of prairies, but that makes it all the more charming. The New York Times added Saskatoon to its must-see bucket list in 2018, but we think it is a must on each New Year Bucket list until you have enjoyed the modern artsy vibe for yourself. Burton Cummings and the Guess Who sing it best in their hit song “Running back to Saskatoon….” maybe for the up and coming foodie scene, or unmatched street Art, or simply just because it gives a piece of Canada that rarely gets touristy recognition, the exposure it deserves.

 

41 – The Devil’s Pool – Victoria Falls, Zambia

This death-defying pool has become a very popular spot for travellers to the world-famous waterfalls. On the Zambia side of the falls you can sit in a pool by the waterfall’s drop (when safe of course) and enjoy the sensation of living on the edge. Locals monitor the pool to ensure utmost safety. If you are too scared to do this risky activity, the falls have any activities from rafting on the Zambesi, scenic flights, bungee jumping, and tamer activities as well.

Victoria Falls, Zambia side
Victoria Falls, Zambia side

42 – Papua New Guinea

This island nation just a quick flight from Australia has been given a bad rap over the last couple of decades. Safety has been a growing concern thanks to fear of tribal confrontation. But nowadays tours are taking place here with luxury travel companies introducing exclusive packages for adventurous travellers wishing to explore an off the beaten path nation trying to rebuild their tourism appeal. The valleys are home to hundreds of tribal groups varying in doctrines and traditions. The Huli people in the Southern Highlands have some of the oldest customs dating all the way back to the stone age. When you plan your visit, try to be there during a “Sing Sing” tribal competition that includes ceremonial drumming, battles, and ornately painted faces. Want to see tree kangaroos? A large population of this elusive Australian marsupial lives here.

Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea

43 – Island of Norman – British Virgin Islands, Caribbean

So back in the 18th century, history states that during the pirate mutiny, 55 chests of treasure were hidden on the Island of Norman, one of the British Virgin Islands, in the Caribbean sea. Robert Louis Stevenson was inspired by the pirates’ past and based his classic literary tale “Treasure Island” around these trying times more than 300 years ago. The British Virgin Islands are recovering from the battering they received in 2017 from the damaging hurricanes and could really use the tourism to help rebuild. The Island of Norman has no inhabitants and is privately owned. Goats roam the lands and there are 2 restaurants here to serve tourists who venture here on cruise day trips to see the many caves, snorkel, and pursue the background behind the “Treasure Island” fable.

British Virgin Islands - Norman Island
British Virgin Islands – Norman Island

44 – Visit a President’s Home – USA

Now, I don’t mean the White house in Washington DC or upscale towers in New York. I’m talking about historical preserved residences around the United States of some of the best leaders who have shaped the US to what it is today. Perhaps while in Independence Missouri, pop by Harry S. Truman’s place – a Victorian home of 14 rooms open to the public for tours daily.  If you find yourself in Springfield Illinois, check out the residence of Abraham Lincoln, or Theodore Roosevelt’s place in Hyde Park New York…

Abraham Lincoln's house, Springfield Illinois is one of the many President Homes you can tour in the USA
Abraham Lincoln’s house, Springfield Illinois is one of the many President Homes you can tour in the USA

45 – Bird Island, The Seychelles

This island paradise off the coast of the African continent is more than just an exotic beach destination. Bird Island, the most northerly of all the islands is 170 acres and has some of the most beautiful corals to see in its underwater surroundings. This island is perfectly named thanks to the more than one million birds that live on its shores with more than 20 unique species. The white tern is one of the more exclusive of birds found here. This island is incredibly isolated that birds rarely come in contact with humans or other predators and live comfortably the way they should on earth. In fact, they are so easy going with human beings that you can be as close to them as an arm’s length, and they don’t even budge.

White Tern - one of the 20 native birds found on Bird Island in the Seychelles. Check them out on your New Year Bucket List
White Tern – one of the 20 native birds found on Bird Island in the Seychelles. Check them out on your New Year Bucket List

46 – Anne Hathaway’s Cottage – Stratford Upon-Avon England

So most people flock to Stratford-Upon-Avon to pay homage to the Bard. But what about his wife’s birthplace and cottage? (no, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is not owned by the American actress! I made this embarrassing assumption…) William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 455 years ago. Stratford-Upon-Avon is the birthplace of the incredible playwright and he lived here for years with Anne Hathaway. Enjoy guided tours with costumed staff, random soliloquies in the gardens while you have cream tea, and education on the origin of some of the most famous sayings we continue to utter today.

We were there and have these incredible tips in our Stratford-Upon-Avon guide.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

47 – Kyoto Japan

Ah Memoirs of a Geisha…here in Kyoto Japan is your best bet for spotting a white-faced made up beautiful geisha girl in full costume complete with kimono, fan, and parasol. Geisha are highly trained in traditional music, dancing, and cultural experiences. You will see them on the streets as they head to their various shows in the historical tea houses that line the city. If you do plan to head here, July 17 is one of the biggest festivals of the year that brings parades, wooden floats, and unmatched entertainment.

Kyoto Japan is a must on your New Year Bucket List
Kyoto Japan is a must on your New Year Bucket List

48 – Yangshuo, China

Located in the south of China, check this super gorgeous scenic countryside town surrounded by Karst rock peaks formed over the centuries through limestone and dolomite. Thousands come to Yangshuo and do cycling tours, walking tours, and photography expeditions to get a glimpse of such odd natural formations. The other nice thing about Yangshuo as it brings a different side of China to travellers with fewer people and less bustle than the more highly populated cities of Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai.

Our guide gives great information and tips on visiting Yangshuo China on your New Year bucket list!

Yangshuo Countryside China
Yangshuo Countryside China

49 – The Blue Hole, Belize

This is such an incredible spot in Central America. Take a scenic flight and this incredible phenomenon from the best vantage point – from the air! Not interested in that? Bring a drone and get those epic shots from sea level. Scuba diving is also popular here!

The Blue Hole - Belize
The Blue Hole – Belize

 

50 – Avebury Stone Circles – Wiltshire England

With the over-hype of Stonehenge, perhaps heading to another mysterious area of rock formation in the UK would appeal to you. The Avebury Stone circles  are 20 miles south of Stonehenge located in Wiltshire. They have a simple look, but are approachable, touchable, and are believed to have been placed here 500 years prior to Stonehenge. Plus, there are 100 of them to take pictures! Spend some time here to explore, enjoy tea, and support the local businesses who offer souvenirs and guidebooks on the circles and the various trails around the county.

Avebury Stone Circles, Wiltshire, England
Avebury Stone Circles, Wiltshire, England

 

Avebury Stone Circles, Wiltshire, England
Avebury Stone Circles, Wiltshire, England

 

One of the Many Local shops in Avebury, Wiltshire England
One of the Many Local shops in Avebury, Wiltshire England

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So there you have our list of 50 places for your New Year Bucket List. This list is of course non-exhaustive and i’m sure you will have other destinations that are not included here. I cannot wait to see how this year unfolds and wish you the very best. Happy wanderlusting!

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50 spots to add to your New Year Bucket List! We have compiled unique spots with some of the usual popular favourites. #wanderlust #bucketlist #africa #usatravel #scenery #europetravel #asiatravel #caribbeantravel #Australiatravel #newzealand #traveltips
50 spots to add to your New Year Bucket List

 

50 spots to add to your New Year Bucket List! We have compiled unique spots with some of the usual popular favourites. #wanderlust #bucketlist #africa #usatravel #scenery #europetravel #asiatravel #caribbeantravel #Australiatravel #newzealand #traveltips
50 spots to add to your New Year Bucket List

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