16 January 2018

On the Bucket List: 50 Travel Goals 2018

I always like to set certain goals at the beginning of each year, as it's always nice (or slightly shameful) to look back on and see how much has been achieved at the end of it.
This will be my second year as a fulltime blogger and I'm so excited to see what 2018 has in store for me.

I have no idea where exactly this year will take me (that's the exciting part!) but I thought I would write up 50 travel goals, tailored mostly towards my biggest goal of the year (to explore more of my own country New Zealand) and my two next new countries which are booked for March/April (America and Canada).

As I go through the year I will return and cross off each goal and what date I achieved it.

Here's to an amazing year of travel!

     [New Zealand]
  1. See the largest mountain - Mount Cook ✓ 18/06/08
  2. Go to Bluff; the very bottom-most point of the South Island ✓ 15/06/18
  3. Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  4. Go whale watching in Kaikoura ✓ 31/05/18
  5. See a glacier up close (Franz Josef/Fox) ✓ 8/06/18
  6. Visit the Lighthouse at Castlepoint
  7. Visit Hobbiton again! ✓ 11/02/18
  8. Go kayaking or hiking at Abel Tasman National Park ✓ 3/06/18

  9. Explore the Taranaki region
  10. Go camping in Manawatu
  11. See the glow worms at Waitomo Cave
  12. Do more adrenalin activities in Queenstown ✓ 11/06/18
  13. Visit Hamner Springs
  14. Swim with the dolphins in Akaroa
  15. Do lots of skiing/boarding at Whakapapa ✓ 23/07/18

    [North America]

  16. Go to Disneyland! ✓ 11/03/18
  17. See the Hollywood sign (It was covered in fog!!)
  18. Stroll the Walk of Fame ✓ 10/03/18
  19. Go to Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier ✓ 10/03/18
  20. Gamble and party in Las Vegas! ✓ 14/03/18
  21. See a show in Vegas ✓ 14/03/18
  22. See the Grand Canyon ✓ 15/03/18

  23. Helicopter over the Grand Canyon (Wish I could afford it! Next time)
  24. Eat pizza in Chicago ✓ 16/03/18
  25. See the green river in Chicago on St Patrick's Day ✓ 17/03/18
  26. Get a great shot of the Cloud Gate ✓ 18/03/18
  27. Eat Poutine and Maple Syrup in Canada ✓ 19/03/18
  28. Visit friends in Ottawa ✓ 18/03/18
  29. Visit Parliament Hill and the Museum of History ✓ 19/03/18
  30. Stay at the Citadel in Quebec City ✓ 23/03/18
  31. See a moose/beaver/bear (Probably a good thing I didn't actually!)
  32. NEW YORK CITY BABY! ✓ 25/03/18
  33. Walk through Central Park ✓ 25/03/18
  34. People-watch in Times Square ✓ 25/03/18
  35. Go to the Top of the Rock/Empire State Building/One World Center ✓ 26/03/18
  36. Eat pizza and hot dogs ✓ 25/03/18
  37. Go ice skating at the Rockefeller Center/Central Park (Decided not to)
  38. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge ✓ 28/03/18

  39. See the Statue of Liberty ✓ 25/03/18
  40. Do a Gossip Girl tour ✓ 30/03/18
  41. Go to Harry Potter World in Orlando ✓ 03/04/18
  42. Drink cocktails and eat Key Lime Pie in Florida ✓ 01/04/18


  43. Explore more of your own country New Zealand
  44. Visit your 30th country in 2018
  45. Go to a new continent ✓ 8/03/18
  46. Travel to either (or all) Japan/India/Sri Lanka/The Philippines/Fiji
  47. Volunteer overseas or set it up for 2019 (Nepal or in Africa)
  48. Write great content and grow your blog
  49. Meet new and collaborate with other travel bloggers
  50. Have an amazing year doing what you love

So far achieved at April: 33/50

Countries visited 2018: 5 - United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia

(If I end up going to Europe later in the year which is looking very likely I will update it to 100 travel goals!) 

Let me know in the comments if you have visited any of these places and what your travel goals for this year are too!

I wish you all the best for the new year ahead.

Happy Travels,

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  1. What an amazing list! I had no idea there was a gossip girl tour! A helicopter ride over the grand canyon would be so amazing! I wish you the best in completing all these in 2018!

  2. What an awesome list. I was hoping you would mention places from Asian continent as well and I would welcome you to India :)

  3. This is an amazing list! I've been to Vegas and the Grand Canyon, and I used to live in Orlando, FL and had a friend who worked for Universal so we would go to The Wizarding World all the time! I haven't been back since they added Diagon Alley, though, but we are hoping to take our boys to do Disney and UO next summer!

  4. This is awesome. I already have 2 trips scheduled for this year. I am going to look for amazing places to go and create a list to explore as well. Thanks for sharing

  5. I thought I was under traveled until I saw I have done some of your North America items. I would like to do a Gossip Girl tour!!!

  6. You are going to be very busy in 2018! And congratulations on your second year of blogging, I hope I can reach that level one day! Since you are going to be in Chicago, maybe try the Chicago Hotdogs, they are so famous! I look forward to following your adventures!

  7. These are some amazing travel goals! I was just setting my travel goals for 2018. I'm so excited.

  8. This is quite the list! I hope you meet all your 2018 goals!

    April | www.thebluehydrangeas.com

  9. We went to New Zealand for our honeymoon! It was BEAUTIFUL! I highly suggest adding Dog Sledding to your list :) Its on the South Island in Wanaka at Snow Farm!

  10. Sounds like you have quite a trip ahead of you. I am sure it will be amazing. As far as the North America trek you definitely have some great highlights. I would definitely consider adding Yosemite, but it looks like you are pretty booked, and you can't miss the Grand Canyon or Vegas.

  11. Loved your bucket list. I just shifted to Chicago 2 months back and still havent tried the Pizza here. May be I should try it soon :)

  12. Have you ever wanted to go to Australia? I know New Zealand is on your list but I would love to go there... Or are you from Australia? Just wondering...?

  13. You have an amazing list! I have been to a lot of your North America list. There is nothing like the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls. Another favorite of mine is Sedona in Arizona. Not far from the Grand Canyon and the pink rocks are amazing!


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